In recent years, Thy Art is Murder has gained a huge following in the US and around the world. Forming in 2006 in a town outside Sydney, Australia, Thy Art is Murder made it a mission to tour and be successful as a band and so far, it is working. The band has played some the world’s biggest festivals and tours such as Summer Slaughter, Mayhem Festival, Download Festival, and many others. With this success, the band hopes to keep the ball rolling with their new album, “Holy War” released through Nuclear Blast.
On the first listen of this album, it is a fast paced and dark record comparable to early Whitechapel records. The album has really heavy riffs and dark and gritty death metal vocals. The album artwork and title track gives the record a haunting political message to the album. The full artwork shows a child in white robes with C4 strapped to his chest depicting some of the events in the Middle East and caused a lot of controversy with the media. The song, “Holy War”, is a great representation of the rest of the album and is my favorite song from the band as a whole. The band does a good job at keeping it heavy throughout the album, but something big was missing.
After listening to the record multiple times in preparation for this review, I started to notice that the vocals are very static and the vocal patterns rarely change pitch. It is a very monotonic vocal approach to songs that need a dynamic shift to give the songs life and room to grow and expand. Noticing how the vocals do not change at all makes the album draining to listen to at times. The album also seemed to suffer from filler tracks that seemed to drag the album on for length and do not provide something unique and different.
This review as a whole may seem really harsh, but I can tell there is so much more than the band is putting on the table. Thy Art is Murder is a talented bunch of musicians, but they seem to be holding back potential to stay safe. The album left me with mixed emotions on whether or not I truly liked it.
The album has sold extremely well so far, pushing it onto the Billboard chart. If you have not already purchased it, I would take a listen to some of the singles and videos on YouTube before jumping into this album. It is a heavy record and provided some great intensity, but it left me longing for more.