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Thy Art Is Murder in their early days were little more than an uninteresting Suicide Silence clone. Their vocalist sounded like a whiny little 5 year old on helium and their music was little more than repetitive breakdowns. 2 years after their EP "Infinite Death", they found a new vocalist and started work on a full-length, and what an improvement. Long gone is those horrible whiny vocals and irritating CHUGGA CHUGGA breakdowns, replaced with genuine death growls and more solos than you can shake a stick at.
The guitars on this release are really fantastic. Nice heavy tone. The riffs are very heavy and very interesting, and the solos. Man, the solos. These aren't dry, soulless solos that every deathcore band has mastered. These are genuine technical solos that bring thoughts of Necrophagist or a similar band. These mini shredfests pop up several times, usually in the same song, but each time sound different. Some of them are memorable, others not so much. This album also has breakdowns, but they sound more tech death based than metalcore based, which should please anyone who would rather hear shades of Suffocation than Suicide Silence.
The drumming on this album is also great. It's blatantly triggered, but if you can look past that, then you should enjoy them. Perfect blast beats, solid fills and skull smashing double bass a-plenty. Again, nothing original. Just good enough to do the job.
The bass guitar, predictably, cannot be heard, unfortunately. This sadly loses the album some points.
Finally, the vocals. Like I said before, the old vocalist was trying to channel Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence fame, and doing a much worse job of it. He sounded like before his performances he sucked a load of helium out of a balloon. Fortunately, TAIM got a real vocalist to replace him. He has a reasonable range, nothing extraordinary. He uses standard death growls, a fewer higher pitched screams and occassionally some guttural slam gurgles. Not one style is overused, so the vocals never got boring, a problem that affects most deathcore these days.
The only real problem this album has is the useless intro. It fails to set an atmosphere or prepare you for what's to come, and could've quite easily have been left out
Overall this is just over 37 minutes of quality technical death metal with some deathcore elements. A must-have addition to your collection if you're interested in tech death, deathcore or both.