Album Year: 2010
Deathcore is a genre known for lightning-fast drum tracks, chugging riffs, hateful lyrical content and, of course, breakdowns. Thy Art Is Murder’s 2010 album, ‘The Adversary’ is a prime example of what this genre is famous for. Thy Art Is Murder combine hard-hitting riffs with sinister harmonies in a way totally unique to this genre.
TAIM are on the more extreme side of deathcore, great for fans of Eat A Helicopter, Infant Annihilator and Job For A Cowboy. The main thing I first noticed about this album was the sheer speed and power of the drum tracks, especially the bass pedal work – being clean and defined throughout the entire album. The drum tracks go fantastically well with the heavily-distorted guitar work, employing string bends, plenty of palm muting and sweeps.
Another thing that stands out boldly on this album is the vocals. Chris McMahon’s (the vocalist) low growls are extremely guttural, but he can also use ear-shattering highs. These two types of vocals are layered together on most of the tracks, creating a very full sound. The lyrical content is representative of this genre, with the writing focusing on themes of pain, anger, hate and rage.
This is an album that is a must have for any fan of the genre, being a great representation of the brutality and musical skill deathcore has brang to light.