THY ART IS MUR­DER

DEAR DES­O­LA­TION (NU­CLEAR BLAST)

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

AUSSIE DEATHCORE KINGS ROAR BACK FROM THE BRINK WITH A GENRE-RE­DEFIN­ING RIP­PER

1 SLAVES BEYOND DEATH

Ad­dic­tion. Agony. Sep­a­ra­tion. Redemp­tion? It’s been a rocky road for Thy Art Is Mur­der; from the break­down and de­par­ture of front­man CJ Mcma­hon in 2015, via his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ear­lier this year, to this tri­umphant re­turn. Here, ev­ery ounce of agony is on show, purged in an un­re­lent­ing, cathar­tic tor­rent.this will be nasty.

2 THE SON OF MIS­ERY

Em­pha­sis­ing the ‘death’ in ‘deathcore’ is be­com­ing the name of TAIM’S game. Glee­fully old-school death metal in­flu­ence per­vades here, be­fore a gar­gan­tuan break­down thumps nails into the cof­fin.

3 PUP­PET MAS­TER

Ever won­dered what Lamb Of God might sound like aban­doned in the desert, on a diet con­sist­ing ex­clu­sively of wasps? THIS.

4 DEAR DES­O­LA­TION

TAIM’S an­swer to the eter­nal, moody deathcore co­nun­drum: what hap­pens when you roar into the abyss? The abyss roars back. Re­ally loudly. 5 DEATH DEALER ‘KILL IN THE NAME OF YOUR TYRANT!’ rings the glo­ri­ous bat­tle cry on this stun­ningly rough-and­tum­ble ear-smasher. Ex­pect a mil­lion mosh-pit in­juries in its wake.

6 MAN IS THE EN­EMY

Well, that’s not the ti­tle of a nice cud­dly bal­lad, now is it? Nope! It’s an­other blunt-force banger that wants to rip your spleen out through your ear-holes.

7 THE SKIN OF THE SER­PENT

Beat­down fa­tigue? No time for that, as a storm of chain­saw-riffs herd us into an­other stom­ach-lurch­ing break­down. Hooray!

8 FIRE IN THE SKY

Smoul­der­ing gui­tars? Fune­real at­mo­spher­ics? Just the calm be­fore an­other sonic firestorm.

9 INTO CHAOS WE CLIMB

We’re on the ropes at this stage.they’re go­ing for the knock­out blow…

10 THE FI­NAL CUR­TAIN

…OOOF! And there it is – one last bloody-knuck­led surge fin­ishes us off. It feels more like a fresh start than a full­stop, how­ever. Know this: the mon­sters from down un­der are ham­mer­ing everup­ward again.thy Art Back In Busi­ness!

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