Aussie Deathcore maniacs, Thy Art Is Murder, have waxed and wane yet maintained on top of their game over 11 years of heavy, fast and loud music that breaks outside of the box. Extreme is the name of the game when it comes to the terrain that Thy Art Is Murder stands boldly on in which their dedicated fan base adores. In celebration of the upcoming release of the band’s fourth studio album, ‘Dear Desolation’, I caught up with vocalist, CJ McMahon, to discuss the creative process behind the release, what his parents think about his lifestyle, desiring to get tattooed by Sam Clark and more.
Congrats on the upcoming release of your new album, ‘Dear Desolation’. Tell us about the creative and recording process behind this album.
Thanks. We really wanted our lyrical content and overall sound to mature with the band and I feel we have done that on this record. We hit a lot of lyrical topics that we feel are current and are affecting our world in a negative way at this point in time. We recorded in Belleville, New Jersey, where we have done our last three records and Graphic Nature is our second home; we will never go anywhere else. We used all the things that work for our band and left the rest out of it. I feel ‘Dear Desolation’ is the record we needed to do to grow our band and our genre.
Who are you working with to bring your cover and album art to life?!
Eliran Kantor. He is a painter from Berlin, Germany and has done artwork for Hammercult, Iced Earth, Gwar, Testament, and loads of other bands. We wanted something that we feel would watch the vibe of our record and we feel what he has created is perfect for it.
Who else are you diggin’ on Nuclear Blast at the moment?! Give them a shout-out.
Aversions Crown, Behemoth, Carnifex, Come Back Kid, Decapitated, Fallujah, Hatebreed, Nails. Nuclear Blast has loads of great bands and they have always been great for us to work with.
Your recent music video release for your latest single, “Slaves Beyond Death” emits a dark yet creative message throughout. Where did you guys shoot the video and tell us about your day behind bringing the video to life.
We shot the clip in a small movie studio with a green screen. We did it really quickly — we just shot individual scenes and were in and out fast. I didn’t know what to expect until seeing the clip for the first time and I thought it was great straight away. It’s not in your face and the textures of the different scenes create a cool vibe and a dark atmosphere.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?
Yes. We are about to start a four-month world tour which will start in Perth, Australia and take us all around the world through North America, Canada, all through Europe and the UK, Greece and finishing up in South Africa. It’s all headline shows for this new record so we are really stoked to be doing such a huge headline world tour with dates around the world already sold out. If you wanna see all of the dates, head to www.thyartismurder.net
If you could add any tattoo to your current collection by any tattoo artist around the world, what would you get tattooed and which artist would you choose?!
Probably get my back done by an artist in Australia named Sam Clark. I don’t have much room left and Sam’s work is outta this world. I’m not sure as to what I would get as I’ve been changing my mind on six ideas for years now. I’m a lucky guy in the fact that most of my friends are world-class tattoo artists and I usually only go to friends these days for my tattoos.
Tell us about the current music scene in Australia. What is your ultimate five-song playlist of bands/musicians in Australia?
It’s hard to say individual songs because there are so many, but the Australian music scene especially heavy is thriving hard at the moment. I have to say my top five Ozzi bands would be:
If your parents have caught one of your live shows, tell us about their first experience and their reaction to your stage performance.
Yeah, mental! My parents and family are super normal. My mum loves watching our show, but yeah they think that I’m crazy and they can’t believe how violent and energetic our shows are. It blows their minds.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
Thanks for all your continued love and support and to all our new fans welcome to the Thy Art family. Stay safe in the pit and look after each other and bring the fucking chaos.