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Holy War [Explicit]

June 29, 2015 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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By Jacob Dring on October 26, 2015
Format: MP3 Music
When I first heard this album, I was highly anticipating it because I'd grown to love their previous album, "Hate." Mind you, I was never a fan of TAIM prior to "Hate," just not my style but their talent is instantly respectable. Anyway, I was hugely disappointed by the general sound, it seemed and occasionally still does to me, that their riffs were very 'percussion'-y if that were to make sense. They didn't have that bonecrushing sound that "Hate" was so full of, but anyway...

My biggest gripe is that, unlike "Hate" and even the album before that with vocalist CJ McMahon (one of the best in the biz, to me), there are NO highs. Everything is mid and low, which he kills on, but I recall loving "Hate" so much because of the variety of vocal ranges that he used to butcher each brutal song; melodic moments on "Hate" weren't rare, either, although some people I know detest solos in deathcore; I applaud it. Not much of that here, but that doesn't go to say that "Holy War" the album isn't melodic - I think that's their focus here. It's more of a thematic album than a destructive-force one. The heaviness is presence, but it feels more like a Fit For An Autopsy album than TAIM; that said, the intros to Absolute Genocide and Emptiness sound almost identical to some of FFAA's tracks.

So, upon my first two listens of the album, I'd have dropped a one or two-star review for sure. I was brash. But upon forcing myself to accept their thematic change and absorb the songs, I've grown to appreciate it a little more; mind you, "Hate" really grew on me - originally I only liked a few songs, now the whole album I listen to thoroughly once or twice a week.
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Amazing effort, lyrics, brutality
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I really looked forward to this album but after listening to it for a couple weeks now it really feels like a really weak and rushed effort. The mix is considerably lower and sort of sounds muddy (listen to it on vinyl with a high end set up versus your MP3 and SkullCrusher earbuds), the songs move at a sluggish pace as if the songs are playing at 85% the original speed. Other than the title track every other song really lacks energy. The last album lives up to it's title Hate because it makes you feel it, if this one makes you feel anything it should have been called "Melancholy" or "Tedium"... Thy Art really set really themselves apart from the metalcore pack with the last album but with this record we see them falling in line. Every time I listen to this album now immediately I start to wonder what am I doing to myself and then I put on some real death metal like Nile, Dying Fetus, Suffocation and well... Death.
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The Holy War album can be summed up as an album of missed opportunities. I started listening to TAIM during Hate so my review is a little biased towards that album. With that out of the way here we go...

Thy Art first released the Light Bearer video. I listened to it numerous times, not because I was blown away or loving it, it's because I was hoping it would get better but it never really did. I was pretty let down with Light Bearer. There were a couple parts in it where they start to hook you and get a groove going but those parts only last a few seconds. At 1:18 we get a nice setup that leads into a catchy groove at 1:25 but it quickly ends at 1:32. At 2:14 CJ starts with some good vocals and finally changes it up a little at 2:34. But once again short lived. By the way, this song probably has the most varied vocals ranges of all the tracks, the rest are all the same.

That's how the decent songs on this album are, some quick catchy parts that last only seconds. The hooks, the breakdowns, the grooves, the varying vocals of Hate are all gone. The breakdowns are non-existent or just have little impact, the hooks are short lived and the vocals are the same pretty much through every song.

After Hate being so good, I had pretty high expectations for this album and unfortunately Holy War was no where near the caliber of Hate for my 12 bucks. I really wanted this to be another solid metal album but for me it's not.

Holy War has some decent songs but nothing that will keep me coming back to it and this album will be quickly forgotten with only a handful of spins.

The first five tracks are "mediocre!" Coffin Dragger was getting a lot of praise because of guest vocals from Winston McCall of Parkway Drive.
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Thy Art Is Soli, love like a brother
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