Australia’s most brutally alarming cultural export since George Miller’s Mad Max franchise makes music that serves as a loud last gasp against the ever-encroaching void. It’s a blazing light of nihilistic despondency before the final darkness. Fusing authentic crushing death metal with blackened fury and flashes of knuckle-dragging stomp, THY ART IS MURDER exorcise the pangs of mortality and the pains of socio-political trauma.
It’s a reinvigoration and redefinition of a thriving subculture that has earned them a place in the Top 50 Most Popular Metal Bands right now, according to the internet, a list compiled by a popular metal blog (based on worldwide page views) that puts THY ART IS MURDER among METALLICA, SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MEGADETH, GHOST, and IRON MAIDEN.
THY ART IS MURDER’s thinking-person’s blackened death metal has challenged and inspired audiences around the globe, from top-tier genre festivals like Download, Graspop, Hellfest, and Summer Breeze; to high-profile tours supporting KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, PARKWAY DRIVE, and ARCHITECTS; to multiple headlining and co-headlining shows. In their native country, they’ve charted higher than any other homegrown extreme metal band. They even toured North America with SLAYER as part of Rockstar Mayhem.
THY ART IS MURDER continues to rail against the anti-intellectualism and fear of mortality at the heart of some of the worst of public policy. In contrast with their impressive back catalog, no song on “Human Target” singles out organized religion or the concept of God specifically. The title track is about the practice of organ harvesting in China, where the World Health Organization found a huge discrepancy in the number of organs volunteered by donors and the number of organs transplanted into the wealthy.
C.J. McMahon (Vocals)
Andy Marsh (Lead guitar)
Sean Delander (Rhythm guitar)
Jesse Beahler (Drums)
Kevin Butler (Bass)