Hate (Thy Art Is Murder album)
|Studio album by Thy Art Is Murder|
|Released||October 19, 2012|
|Studio||Machine Shop Studios, Belleville NJ, US|
|Producer||Thy Art Is Murder, Will Putney|
|Thy Art Is Murder chronology|
|Singles from Hate|
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 after the band signed to the label. The album debuted at no. 35 on the ARIA Charts, making Thy Art Is a Murder the first extreme metal band ever to break the top 40. The album also reached no. 1 on AIR and peaked at 31 on the Top Heatseekers chart. On March 31, 2013 Metal Hammer began streaming the album in full, in anticipation of the Nuclear Blast re-release. 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
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" 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." 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. 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." 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."
Release, promotion, touring
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. 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. The band also headlined a tour across Europe in January through February 2014 with Aversions Crown, Aegaeon, and Heart of a Coward. Music videos for the songs 'Reign of Darkness' and The Purest Strain of Hate' were released to promote the album.
|Kill Your Stereo||80/100|
|New Noise Magazine|||
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.
All tracks written by Thy Art Is Murder.
|1.||"Reign of Darkness"||3:35|
|2.||"The Purest Strain of Hate"||3:25|
|4.||"Shadow of Eternal Sin"||3:52|
|7.||"Dead Sun" (Featuring Nico Webers of War From A Harlots Mouth)||3:40|
|8.||"Gates of Misery"||2:55|
|10.||"Doomed From Birth" (Featuring Joel Birch of The Amity Affliction)||4:24|
Production and performance credits are adapted from the album liner notes.
- Thy Art Is Murder
- Chris "CJ" McMahon – lead vocals
- Andy Marsh – lead guitar
- Tom Brown – rhythm guitar
- Sean Delander – bass
- Lee Stanton – drums
- Guest musicians
- Nico Webers (War from a Harlots Mouth) – vocals on "Dead Sun"
- Joel Birch (The Amity Affliction) – vocals on "Doomed From Birth"
- Thy Art Is Murder – production
- Will Putney (Fit for an Autopsy) – production, engineering, mixing, mastering
- Design and artwork
- Brent Elliott White – art, design
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||35|
|US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)||31|
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