Review Summary: Australian Deathcore band Thy Art is Murder present an overall enjoyable EP that, unfortunately, suffers from a few problems.
Thy Art is Murder is a Deathcore band from Australia that, somewhat, defy standard Deathcore notion. In this EP "Infinite Death", you will hear why that is the case, with the band placing forth technical guitar work and solos, slightly above average drumming, and a solid vox performance. However, there are a few underlying problems, some of which are common amongst other Deathcore bands. With that spoken, we shall see why this EP succeeds in some areas, while also failing in others.
The EP shines from an instrumental perspective, with the guitarists displaying an amount of crushingly destructive and technical guitar work that rivals most of its' contemporaries. The percussion is only above average, with the drummer frequently using blast beats, and other techniques. Despite this, however, the bassist is completely inaudible throughout the entire EP, which is a major downside to the overall grand instrumentals.
The vocal work on "Infinite Death" is, for the most part, grand. Vocals often range from high-pitched screams to low growls, with little to no deficiencies in transitioning between the two. However, they are not anything special in particular.
What hinders this EP from becoming anything more than great would the the lyrical content. The lyrics are often very juvenile and poorly written, with horrendous lines such as: "You maggots
Swarm my earth
Infect me with putrid disease
Extermination, extermination of whores"
What also hinders this EP greatly would be a musical technique that is shared amongst almost every Deathcore band in existence, and is in great abundance on this EP, and that would be breakdowns. Breakdowns are in every song on "Infinite Death", in large numbers, which makes listening to this EP ether a joy or a displeasure, depending on musical preference. But nonetheless, it is prevalent.
Despite its problems, "Infinite Death" is an enjoyable experience from its dawn to its dusk, and should provide an example of Deathcore that stands above the sea of mediocrity.