Sound — 6
The way I like my Death Metal/Deathcore to be is fast distorted riffs, scratchy bass, fast drums and low vocals. For deathcore these songs should contain a breakdown or two. Thy Art Is Murder are a perfect example of what this is. It is basically brutal Death Metal (JFAC, Decapitated, Nile etc..) with breakdowns in the middle and end of most of the songs on this album. In the heavy riffs that lead into breakdown the guitarists change from side to side with the open riffs. You will see what I mean when you listen to the song "Laceration Penetration". The start is a perfect example. Thy Art Is Murder are most likely what you would call - The latest version of Death Metal which is basically what they are. They seem to heavy to be considered Deathcore. But I guess you will have to listen to this awesome album to figure that out for yourself.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are extremely brutal stuff. I advise you not to read them if you are a Christian or are easily shocked. Cause they can be disturbing. Thy Art Is Murder seem to be a very "ANTI" band. Not quite Satanic band but are very close to it. The lyrics fit in very well with the music being played, considering the riffs have some sort of a heavy evil sound to them in most parts of the songs. C.J MacMahon has done an extremely good job of putting vocals to these songs. He tends to stay low which is what you want to be a heavy band such as TAIM.
Overall Impression — 8
The Adversary can compare to most albums of the genre. It is in my opinion the best deathcore album released this year. It sounds better than Ruination by Job For A Cowboy. The most impressive songs from the album are Laceration Penetration, Furnace of Hate, The Adversary, Requiem ( a lead in to Cowards Throne), Cowards Throne, Soldiers of Immoratility and of course Engineering The Anti-Christ. I love how the breakdowns are portrayed. They sound absolutely awesome. Fast and heavy. I don't like how some of the songs sound nearly the same EG - Flesh Oracle and Engineering the Anitchrist. I would buy it again definately.