If someone came up to me and asked, “What albums define deathcore,” it would take me a second. There are many albums that define deathcore and represent the genre in an extremely positive way. Some albums that come to mind is Suicide Silence’s “The Cleansing,” Job for a Cowboy’s “Doom EP,” Whitechapel’s “The Somatic Defilement,” and so on and so forth. Thy Art is Murder’s second release, “Infinite Death” also immediately comes to mind when discussing classic deathcore releases. But does that mean that this EP is deserved to be in this conversation? Absolutely.
“Infinite Death” was released in 2008 on Skull & Bones Records. This is the record that launched Thy Art is Murder into the spotlight. This EP seems to have a cult following behind it much like the “Doom EP.” This EP has also gained popularity lately with the Death Metal Fat Cat video on YouTube. For those who have not seen it, it is a video of a man playing air drums with his cat’s paws set to the song “Whore to a Chainsaw.” The video has over 2 million views and has even been shared by Katy Perry.
Now let’s get to the music. This is just an absolute monster of an EP. As said before, this EP defines and sets a brilliant example of what it is. If I had to put a list of the top 10 quintessential deathcore releases, this EP would be in it. It is exactly what you want out of a deathcore album. Hard-hitting riffs, blast-beating drums, crushing breakdowns, a strong dose of technicality, misogynistic lyrics, and a vocalist that will give people nightmares.
The riffs on this EP are exactly what you want from a deathcore album. You want them to be brutal but original at the same time. Thy Art is Murder pulls this off incredibly. The band mixes straight-up heaviness with Rings of Saturn-like technicality. You hear this throughout the album but you really hear it in “I’ll Show You God.” There is a part of the song where it goes into a breakdown but all of the sudden you hear these mind-numbing guitar sweeps that will make Lucas Mann blush. The same could be said with the drumming. Easily some of the fastest drumming out there. One of the biggest problems with this EP is the over abundance of breakdowns. There is multiple breakdowns per song and although these are great breakdowns, I feel they take away from the technicality that we could still be listening to. Of course, that is the main reason people love to hate deathcore.
Brendan Van Ryn’s vocals are brutal, there simply is no other way to describe it. His lows are what stand out as they truly sound from the depths from hell. It took me a while to get into his highs. They sound less polished than the lows but they did grow on me after a while. I will say that I prefer CJ, Thy Art is Murder’s current vocalist, over Van Ryn. This EP is one of those cases where the intensity of the vocals match the intensity of the lyrics. Many deathcore lyrics like to push the envelope as far as shock value. Thy Art is Murder really push it on “Infinite Death.” Four out of five of the songs contain the word ‘slut’ or ‘whore.’ Whore is even in the title of the second song, “Whore to a Chainsaw.” There is also the use of the word ‘fuck’ 34 times on this five song, 18 minute EP. “I’ll Show You God” deals with the seemingly clichéd topic of atheism in deathcore. “Whore to a Chainsaw” is simply about killing whores with a chainsaw. “Parasitic Autopsy” is about hating loose women. Do you kinda get the picture here? The whole EP has this theme about hating sluts/whores. This does get tiring after a while. However, the lyrics provide some of the best breakdowns that you will ever here. The part at the end of “Whore to a Chainsaw” where Van Ryn screams out, “ERADICATION OF THEM ALL, WHORE TO A CHAINSAW, WHORE TO A CHAINSAW.” Certainly a classic deathcore moment.
This EP is a deathcore classic plain and simple. If you are reading this review right now, on a site that is named Total Deathcore, then there is no reason this EP shouldn’t be in your music library. While this is not as known as other deathcore classics, this certainly stands tall with them.