Thy Art Is Murder have been celebrating the ten-year anniversary of their seminal deathcore classic Hate by playing it in full.
Originally released in October 2012 before being reissued in April 2013 by Nuclear Blast, it has become a blueprint as well as a foundation of modern heavy music. Desolating, unrelenting and dripping gore and darkness from every pore, it is an astonishing piece of work that still feels unbelievably fresh today.
One such show the band played was at The Forum in Melbourne, and they have shared the whole show on YouTube. There’s the opening drone of “Reign Of Darkness” and the throat-shredding density of “Purest Strain Of Hate”. Then you have the technical punishment of “Infinite Forms” and the tomb-crushing thud of “Dead Sun”. All in all, it is a performance that doesn’t let up for a second. Every member of the band puts their all in, especially vocalist CJ McMahon who pushes his voice to the absolute limit and looks like he is loving every second.
There’s even time at the very end for “Death Squad Anthem”, “Holy War”, and “Puppet Master” from their more recent discography. It’s a total joy to behold and a statement of intent for what is to come in the future.
Guitarist Andrew Marsh had this to say about the tour and the release of the footage:
“When we set out to record our record Hate all those years ago, none of us could anticipate the ride of a lifetime we were about to embark upon. So it seemed fitting that when we announced this recent Decade Of Hate tour, we were again uncertain about what the shows would hold in store. They turned out to be the biggest of our career.
“Throughout this wild journey, it was only through the undying support of our friends and fans across the world that we were able to traverse these monolithic milestones and for that we are forever grateful. To have a dream is one thing, but to live it is something truly special and you have given that privilege to us.
“In the last 10 years, we attempted to cover as much ground on tour as possible, but this last anniversary tour was rather brief as we prepare for our new record. With the help of our incredible crew we are proud to give you HATE in full, the way we imagined we might one day be able to one day present the songs. For all those we couldn’t make it to, and for anyone who just wants to relive the experience, this video is free forever. Flip the lights out, stick it on the biggest screen in your house, and turn it up.”
Thy Art Is Murder recently teamed up with Fit For An Autopsy and Malevolence for The Aggression Sessions.
It featured their brand new track “Until There Is No Longer”, which sounds an awful lot like this: