Sound — 8
For me, I like my death metal to be first and foremost extremely aggressive, secondly it's gotta be fast with insane rhythm/lead guitars and drums. And the vocals have gotta be really low and guttural with insanely brutal lyrical concepts. This new band Thy Art Is Murder are a great example of what modern death metal is today. The Adversary [Ihsahn, formerly of Emperor has an album of the same title] is the band's first full length. The band's sound is very fast and aggressive with occassional breakdowns, thus the reason some critics may consider this type of music to be deathcore. However, I don't see the need to pigeon-hole this band to such a feeble genre as I don't see anything 'core' about it. It's just death metal the way it has evolved over the years. TAIM has a very evil and almost Deicide-esque type sound with again, the occassional breakdown/s during songs.
Lyrics — 8
When you buy this CD and read the lyrics closely, they are very anti-christian and very graphic but also very creative with these concepts. Such examples of this is the very atmospheric opening instrumental 'Unholy Sermons', 'Flesh Oracle', 'The False Prophet' and 'Engineering the Antichrist'. The lyrics definately seem to fit with the music and very well structured. TAIM's vocalist Chris McMahon's guttural vocals sound like a mix of Deicide and Nile with fairly high screams as backup on occassions. Again, they sound so evil and so good. So his performance on this album should definately be applauded.
Overall Impression — 7
Compared to most of the modern death metal out there today. The Adversary is definately an album I would recommend to people. For me, I call it just death metal as I am not fond of the creation of other stupid subgenres like 'deathcore' or 'deathgrind' or whatever. Just call it by the proper term. The most impressive pieces on this album in my opinion would be 'Soldiers of Immortality', 'Laceration Penetration', 'The False Prophet', 'Engineering the Antichrist' and the short instrumental 'Requiem'. All of which deserve to be listened to multiple times. I said in the beginning of this review that I liked my death metal fast, aggressive, the vocals to be low and guttural. And that's exactly what this album is for me. I won't use the word 'hate' but I do believe there are a few filler tracks on this album but, this definately is a good album. If it were stolen/lost I would buy it again like all the metal CD's I buy. So to conclude, TAIM's 'The Adversary' is a good album for all death metal fans and I implore that people should check it out.