Hate (Thy Art Is Murder album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 19, 2012 (2012-10-19)
RecordedApril 2012
StudioMachine Shop Studios, Belleville NJ, US
ProducerThy Art Is Murder, Will Putney
Thy Art Is Murder chronology
The Adversary
Holy War
Singles from Hate
  1. "Reign of Darkness"
    Released: September 19, 2012

Hate is the second studio album by Australian deathcore band Thy Art Is Murder. The album was released on October 19, 2012 through Halfcut Records, but was reissued on April 5, 2013 through Nuclear Blast[1] after the band signed to the label. The album debuted at no. 35 on the ARIA Charts,[2] making Thy Art Is Murder the first extreme metal band ever to break the top 40.[3] The album also reached no. 1 on AIR[4] and peaked at 31 on the Top Heatseekers chart.[5] On March 31, 2013 Metal Hammer began streaming the album in full, in anticipation of the Nuclear Blast re-release.[6] It is the band's only album with guitarist Tom Brown, as well as the only album on which current guitarist Sean Delander plays bass.

Musical style, writing, composition[edit]

AllMusic described the sound of the album as deathcore, as well as stating that the album is free of the cliches of the genre by noting that the group's focus is on "pushing the limits of intensity rather than just seeing how many breakdowns they can fit into a song"[7] Exclaim! also noted the complexitiy of the music in comparison to other deathcore groups, describing the album's sound as a "harsh change from the simplistic sound popularized by Suicide Silence and their peers."[8] Lyrically, the album has a harsh, misanthropic tone, and criticises a number of perceived aspects of modern life, from politics and religion to broader social issues and the environment.[9] According to bassist Sean Delander, "Tom and myself wrote a majority of the material, I moved up to his house and we wrote the songs over the course of 2 months. Tom would go to work and I would just sit around at his house drinking coffee, writing riffs and recording them the best way I could, then we would sit down together and work on the ideas that weren't terrible."[10] He also explained that "We had about 5 days of preproduction with Will then drums were tracked. After that we did guitars, bass, and vocals all kind of at the same time, guitars in the day then vocals at night for the songs that were tracked. It ran really smooth and was an all round good time."[10]

Release, promotion, touring[edit]

Though the album was originally released on Halfcut Records on October 19, 2012, in January 2013 the band signed to Nuclear Blast Records, who reissued the album on April 2nd in the United States and April 5th for Europe.[11] The band headlined the "Hate Across America Tour" in November-December 2013 with I Declare War, Fit For An Autopsy, Kublai Khan, and The Last Ten Seconds of Life, which featured over 20 dates.[12] The band also headlined a tour across Europe in January through February 2014 with Aversions Crown, Aegaeon, and Heart of a Coward.[13] Music videos for the songs 'Reign of Darkness' and The Purest Strain of Hate' were released to promote the album.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[7]
Decibel1/10 stars[15]
Molten Magazine4/5 stars[16]
Kill Your Stereo80/100[17]
New Noise Magazine3/5 stars[18]
Metal.de8/10 stars[20]

The album received generally positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic wrote that "although deathcore definitely isn't every metal purist's cup of tea, Thy Art Is Murder have a sound that's mercifully free of a lot of the clichés that plague the genre, and their focus on pushing the limits of intensity rather than just seeing how many breakdowns they can fit into a song makes them a band to watch out for." Exclaim! gave a more negative appraisal of the album, claiming that the band were running "on creative fumes", and criticising the step down in technicality compared to their previous album: "This leads songs such as "Vile Creations" and "Immolation" to chug themselves into early graves. Though the more stereotypical parts are often interrupted by brutal bombast, it's too little too late." The album was nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Album in 2013.[21]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Thy Art Is Murder.

1."Reign of Darkness"3:35
2."The Purest Strain of Hate"3:25
3."Vile Creations"3:32
4."Shadow of Eternal Sin"3:52
6."Infinite Forms"4:32
7."Dead Sun" (Featuring Nico Webers of War From A Harlots Mouth)3:40
8."Gates of Misery"2:55
9."Defective Breed"3:40
10."Doomed From Birth" (Featuring Joel Birch of The Amity Affliction)4:24
Total length:36:53


Production and performance credits are adapted from the album liner notes.

Thy Art Is Murder
Guest musicians
Design and artwork
  • Brent Elliott White – art, design


Chart Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[2] 35
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[5] 31


  1. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line. "THY ART IS MURDER - Sign to Nuclear Blast Entertainment!". www.nuclearblast.de. Nuclear Blast. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Australiancharts.com – Thy Art Is Murder – Hate". Hung Medien.
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130926071241/http://www.themusicnetwork.com/music-news/industry/2012/10/31/thy-art-is-murder-break-aria-record/. Archived from the original on September 26, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.air.org.au/charts/20121029/?chart=100-independent-album-charts
  5. ^ a b "Thy Art Is Murder Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "MH stream". March 21, 2013. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Heaney, Gregory. "Hate - Thy Art Is Murder - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  8. ^ a b Zorgdrager, Bradley (January 22, 2013). "Exclaim review". Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  9. ^ "THY ART IS MURDER – first track-by-track ..." Nuclear Blast. 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  10. ^ a b "Thy Art Is Murder Spreads The 'Hate'". Metalunderground.com. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  11. ^ "THY ART IS MURDER - Sign to Nuclear Blast ..." Nuclear Blast. 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  12. ^ "THY ART IS MURDER - U.S. headlining tour ..." Nuclear Blast. 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  13. ^ "THY ART IS MURDER – on Tour in January & Febr". Nuclear Blast. 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  14. ^ "THY ART IS MURDER – 'Purest Strain of ..." Nuclear Blast. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  15. ^ Stewart-Panko, Kevin (June 2013). "Thy Art is Murder, Hate". Decibel Magazine (104): 103.
  16. ^ Pennington, Andrew (March 25, 2013). "Molten magazine". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  17. ^ "KYS review". October 21, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  18. ^ Briel, Ridge (March 31, 2013). "NNM review". Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  19. ^ Watt, Lochlan (October 2, 2012). "TheMusic review". Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  20. ^ Olejnik, Matthias (January 9, 2013). "Metal.de review". Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  21. ^ "Aria Awards - History". Retrieved 2017-01-22.

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