After making themselves noticed with incessant touring and their debut album release, 2010’s The Adversary, Sydney’s Thy Art Is Murder are now established as one of Australia’s finest extreme metal merchants.
With an album title like Hate, there’s little to no chance you are going to hear a happy upbeat song or a power ballad. In reality, you get 36+ minutes of in your face pure unadulterated brutality from start to finish and Thy Art Is Murder would not have it any other way.
Following a dark and ambient introduction, the album opener “Reign of Darkness” builds up to a barrage of violent savagery that just lays waste to all that surrounds it. The rest of the album follows suit. On Hate, Thy Art Is Murder deliver plenty of what the masses want – heavy chugging guitars, intricate fretwork, freakish drum work, Chris McMahon’s gravel throated bark and plenty of pounding breakdowns. And by no means is that a bad thing. They are on full display on tracks like “The Purest Strain of Hate”, “Infinite Forms” and the driving musical jackhammer that is “Shadow of Eternal Sin”. Other cuts have quite a bit of a European (mostly Swedish) and Floridian metal feel and influence and “Defective Breed” has a slinky, twisting and chopping groove reminiscent of something from Psycroptic’s later releases.
Their previous releases are well loved by many but they lacked good production. With Hate, Thy Art Is Murder took the leap overseas to work with Will Putney (Vision Of Disorder, The Amity Affliction, Northlane) at The Machine Shop and their efforts truly shine. Everything sounds sonically perfect without any instrument overshadowing any other, making for one of the finest sounding albums of their genre and putting many contemporary releases to shame.
Thy Art Is Murder have cemented their position as one of the shining lights in Australia’s extreme music circles with one hell of a release that will be a top contender on many people’s best of 2012 lists. This is sure to gain them a vast amount of well deserved exposure both at home and abroad.
1. Reign of Darkness
2. The Purest Strain of Hate
3. Vile Creations
4. Shadow of Eternal Sin
6. Infinite Forms
7. Dead Sun
8. Gates of Misery
9. Defective Breed
10. Doomed from Birth