Formed in 2006 from South Wales, Australia, Thy Art Is Murder is an Australian extreme metal band that’s known for incorporating deathcore and death metal compositions, borrowing influences from Decapitated and Behemoth. Released on August 18th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records, Dear Desolation consists of 10 tracks and clocking in around 38:00 in length. Dear Desolation marks a new chapter for Thy Art Is Murder’s musical catalog. Dear Desolation is the continuation from 2015’s Holy War which reassembled Black Metal structures with a twist of Technical Death/ modernized style of anti-religious, misanthropic, murderous and violent deathcore arrangements. Dear Desolation starts off with the opening track Slaves Beyond Death, combining darker, ministering and atmospheric passages to utilize the band’s unrelenting tracks within the eleven years as a band showcases maturity and regenerated progressions finding it effective within the variations upon the album’s lyricism.
Then onto later songs such as Son Of Misery, Death Dealer and The Final Curtain, these songs contain massive amounts of instrumentation provided here and what’s really unique about Dear Desolation is the guitar riffage ranges from mid-paced to slowed tempo rhythms while the bass and drums work uses a diabolical touch alongside the vocals performed by CJ McMahon uses his melodic, beautiful sounding presentation touches and the bariatric segmentations are quite enjoyable for the most part. But what makes Dear Desolation a nice continuation from Holy War, HATE and The Adversary, Dear Desolation feels and represents a Death Metal atmosphere while managing powerful messages to know Thy Art Is Murder are back with the darkest, deepest, emotional and characterized albums in their catalog to date. It may be overly repetitive in specific degrees but this album takes a lot of patience getting into the musicality aspects. Fans of past releases make enjoy Dear Desolation apart from differential branches the album portrays but apart of hearing the album I was pleasantly surprised Thy Art Is Murder are taking their sound into a modernized Death Metal approach with Behemoth and Decapitated-esque instrumentals is surely worth the attention.
Overall Score: 7.5/10
Review by Jake Butler