Whenever I feel like ripping something to shreds I turn to Thy Art is Murder, and lets face it, they always deliver. This Australian band is one of the worst deathcore bands I've ever heard, and although The Adversary
is being lauded as a commendable deathcore release I personally don't see it. Okay, so it's not as annoying as Infinite Death
, they got rid of the old vocalist and hired a new one so it seems like they're actually trying to do something with their sound. There's far less random technical noodling on display here which would be a good thing if the rest of the music was actually, you know, interesting.
is boring, unbearably so. Songs follow the same structure, there's an abundance of breakdowns and palm muted riffing. Vocals are tolerable, the high screams are thankfully more bearable than those found on Infinite Death
, but they lack character and sound weak. The low growls have more power behind them but they too lack character, he sounds like plenty of other deathcore vocalists and he adds nothing to the music.
Vocals are never the most important aspect of an album, so I'll focus on what matters the most; the instrumentation. The guys in Thy Art is Murder can handle their instruments well, that's pretty obvious, but they can't write cohesive material at all. Breakdowns are placed frequently and randomly within the music, there's no flow between each riff with each transition being rough and unpolished. The lead work ranges from technical leads, solos to palm muted riffs. Each one is uninteresting. The technical leads are well written enough but each one sounds the same, there's no variation between each riff and thus the whole album blurs together. The breakdowns are by far the worst part of this album, being frequently used, they add nothing to the music and make me Hate
it a whole lot more. There's easily more than 2 breakdowns each song, always popping up in the most predictable places. That
sums up the whole album perfectly; predictable. Each song follows the same format of technical lead, breakdown, solo, another breakdown, rinse and repeat.
Not much of anything happens on The Adversary
, the riffing is diluted and sterile, vocals lack character and the breakdowns are among the worst I've ever heard. Infinite Death
was atrocious but at least it had more character than The Adversary
. What this is is a pathetic attempt from a band trying to gain some credibility after releasing an absolute shambles of an ep and completely failing in the process. The fact that I've reviewed this album means I've listened to it all the way through, twice in fact, and I will never forgive myself for that. Avoid
at all costs.