Thy Art Is Murder

Hate

01. Reign Of Darkness
02. The Purest Strain Of Hate
03. Vile Creations
04. Shadow Of Eternal Sin
05. Immolation
06. Infinite Forms
07. Dead Sun
08. Gates Of Misery
09. Defective Breed
10. Doomed From Birth

[10/19/12]
[Halfcut Records]

Whether you see it or not, deathcore has become the newest “thing.” Back when Myspace was relevant, metalcore/scenecore became the norm, as so many kid began forming bands playing the same shit just to get signed. But now, deathcore has taken over. It seems every day new bands pop up playing overused guitar breakdown, ignoring the concept of riff-based songs and focusing on “the br00tz”. Unfortunately this leaves us all with only a handful of really awesome deathcore bands, and while it’s always nice, sometimes it would be great to find a new band that doesn’t sound like every other one out there and is doing awesome stuff with their music. Thy Art Is Murder are a band from the land down under who have realized this overabundance of generic bands, and have made it their mission to rectify this issue.

Hate is their sophomore effort, and it’s a big one. The sophomore record for any band is really a make it or break it; either it keeps pushing boundaries and expanding upon their sound to make something even better (Intrinsic, for example), or it flounders and falls into the fateful clone syndrome (such as Periphery II, though Alkahest begs to differ). Their first record really wasn’t impressive; forgetful songs and simple breakdowns abound. This record however shows some major improvements. There is actual guitar ambiance and layering that fully utilizes both guitarists. Take the opening guitar part to ‘Shadow Of Eternal Sin,’ for instance; it sounds like it could be the intro to a Behemoth track, not just a breakdown put there to get a crowd going. Their guitarists really understand that the entire fretboard and all seven strings are there for a reason other than looks. There are many tasteful solos as well, including on record highlight, ‘Immolation.”

Another thing to really appreciate about this record is the production. You can hear every instrument, bass included. The mix on this record is simply superb. Next to the new The Acacia Strain and Whitechapel records, this is one of the best deathcore albums out there in terms of the mix. The vocals are clear and crisp, cutting through the guitar riffs with an ever-increasing intensity that makes you headbang, whether you want to or not. Hate shines on a percussive front as well; listeners don’t often outright expect deathcore drummers to be outstanding players, but the drumming performance on this record may actually hold the attention of listeners more so than the guitars at times.

The songs themselves are short, sweet, and heavy. Yes, there are breakdowns, but not to the point where each song seems to bleed into one another, becoming even more indiscernible as the record progresses. The average track is around three and a half minutes, which is actually perfect; right between super short and keeping from going too long.  However, one issue with this record is the fact that they really don’t slow down. It’s just constant heavy from start to finish, and at times won’t give the listener a second to catch their breath before another speedy riff comes in and propels even faster. It would be nice to have had one or two slow songs to kind of give the record a bit more dynamic.

Overall, this was a very consistent, heavy, and catchy release. Other than the songs always keeping a similar speed, there are no real qualms with it. Personally it’s one of the better deathcore albums to come out from a relatively new band on the scene. Apart from seasoned veterans, when a band is looking to make an impression, every single song counts. It takes a lot more to grab people’s attention, and hopefully these guys will grab yours, because you would seriously be missing out if you didn’t pick this record up and give it a listen.

Thy Art Is Murder – Hate gets…

4/5

 

-SS