Austalia’s Thy Art Is Murder throw you straight into the doldrums of Mordor with ‘Reign Of Darkness’, the opening track of their second full-length ‘Hate’ and, as you ask for forgiveness for trying to destroy the ring, you’re captivated by the blast beats and crushing breakdowns in a distinct nod to the roots of the most original sounds of death metal.
Boasting production values from the one and only Will Putney (Suicide Silence, Miss May I, Northlane, etc.), it not only gives the raw tenacity of the band’s ever present talent, but it also shows it off in a way that they haven’t been able to before.
‘Shadow Of Eternal Sin’ has it all; the guttural growls and the shrieking banshee highs echo around your ear drums with the impeccable drumming by Lee Stanton giving it a right old battering with no regard whatsoever for your neck as you head bang yourself into oblivion. Breakdowns concave your skull as the mini solo sequences in the first part of the song melt your face away, leaving you a former shadow of yourself.
My personal highlight on the record has to be ‘Immolation’, without a second thought needed at all. Sounding very The Black Dahlia Murder-esque fused with the guitar work of Whitechapel, it encompasses everything that should be right with modern day ‘death metal’. It has spunk, it has monstrous riffs, it has bellowing vocals and, most obviously, it has triturating, pulverising breakdowns.
Anyone that’s a fan of either death metal or the ever so controversially coveted deathcore should certainly ease up their caution and give this brute a listen, and more than likely they’ll end up a little surprised. It’s no secret that music like this can be slightly mundane and monotonous, but I would class this as an exception, and a very wild one at that. All the songs have their moments, that’s for sure, and that’s what sets it apart from most albums you tend to hear in regards to this sound. It’s brutal, it’s face melting and it certainly provides its dissonance moments too, all to accomplish something that Thy Art Is Murder should be proud of.
Written by Dom Wyatt