Thy Art Is Murder

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Thy Art Is Murder
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Background information
Origin Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Deathcore[1][2]
Years active 2006 (2006)–present
Labels Nuclear Blast, Halfcut, Skulls N Bones
Website Thy Art Is Murder on Facebook
Members CJ McMahon
Andy Marsh
Sean Delander
Lee Stanton
Past members Brendan Van Ryn
Gary Markowski
Josh King
Mick Lowe
Tom Brown

Thy Art Is Murder is an Australian deathcore band from Blacktown, New South Wales (a suburb located in the city of Sydney). The band formed in 2006 and have released two EPs and two full-length albums and are currently signed to Distort in Canada and Nuclear Blast worldwide. Their 2008 EP Infinite Death, reached position no. 10 on the AIR Charts upon release,[3] and their second full-length album Hate debuted at no. 35 on the ARIA Charts,[4] making them the first extreme metal band to ever reach the Top 40 of this chart.[5] The album also reached no. 1 on AIR[6] and both no. 2 and no. 4 respectively on the USA and Canadian iTunes metal charts on its week of release.


Formation, EPs and The Adversary (2006-2010)[edit]

Formed in 2006, in the Western Sydney locality of Blacktown, the group originally consisted of vocalist Brendan Van Ryn, guitarists Gary Markowski and Sean Delander, bassist Josh King and drummer Lee Stanton. Building on a loyal following in Western Sydney's deathcore scene, they recorded a three track demo This Hole Isn't Deep Enough for the Twelve of You. They returned to the studio in 2008 record the EP Infinite Death, which gained them further attention for Van Ryn's misogynistic lyrics and song-titles .[7][8] The EP reached number 10 on the AIR Charts[3]

Following two years of relentless national touring, it was announced in 2008 that Van Ryn was to depart from the group. It was initially claimed that he left the group due to creative differences and an inability to keep up with their evolving death metal sound.[9] However it was later claimed in 2013 by the band's current singer that Brendan was replaced because "he couldn't sing and he had a massive attitude problem." [10]Thy Art Is Murder searched for a year for a new vocalist, until finding Chris "CJ" McMahon from Sydney metalcore band Vegas in Ruins. The band were so impressed with his death growl vocals that he was incepted into the band during 2009. Bassist Mick Lowe replaced King shortly before the band began recording their first full-length album The Adversary, released 16 July 2010.[11][12][13][14]

Canadian deathcore band Despised Icon announced that Thy Art Is Murder and The Red Shore would join them on the Australian leg of their farewell tour later that year.

Hate (2011-2014)[edit]

2011 saw further line-up changes, notably the departure of founding member and lead guitarist Gary Markowski. Delander decided to switch duties from guitar to bass, making way for Andy Marsh and Tom Brown to join on guitar. Following the band's first European tour in 2012 with War from a Harlots Mouth and As Blood Runs Black the band traveled to New York City in the United States to record their second album with producer Will Putney at the 'The Machine Shop' recording studios.

Following their Australian tour with Fear Factory in September 2012, Hate was released on 19 October 2012. The first single, 'Reign of Darkness', had been premiered earlier on radio station Triple J's The Racket on 18 September,[15][16][17]

The album debuted at no. 35 on the ARIA Charts,[4] making Thy Art Is Murder the first extreme metal band to ever to break the top 40.[5] The album also reached no. 1 on AIR[6] and both no. 2 and no. 4 respectively on the USA and Canadian iTunes metal charts on its week of release. The album met with a mix of some positive and some negative criticism. Kevin Stewart-Panko of Decibel Magazine awarded Hate a score of 1 out of 10 and criticizing the band for not going "out of their way to push the envelope or add a modicum of originality or value to metal as a whole."[18] In January 2013, the band performed at the Sydney Big Day Out festival; the only other extreme metal band ever to be featured on the line-up was Blood Duster in 2004. Following their second Europe/UK tour in February and March[19] Thy Art Is Murder signed to Nuclear Blast on 24 January 2013 for distribution of Hate throughout the rest of the world (outside Australia).

On 13 March 2013, Triple J announced that Thy Art Is Murder would be headlining the 'Hate Across Australia' tour with Cattle Decapitation, King Parrot and Aversions Crown.[20]

On 11 April 2013, Sumerian Records officially announced that the group had just lost the opening support on the United States' annual Summer Slaughter Tour. The announcement was met by some controversy due to the fact that the group was to be chosen by a voters' poll and American deathcore band Rings of Saturn had in fact won the vote by 1%.[21][22][23] Eventually, promoters chose to include both bands.

On 17 June 2013 the band revealed they would be touring across Australia with Parkway Drive as part of their "10 Years Of Parkway Drive" tour.[24] The same day, the band lost out to Bleed From Within at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods where they had been nominated as Best New Band.[25] On 15 October 2013 the band were nominated in the Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal category for the 2013 ARIA Awards, eventually losing out to Karnivool [26]

The band headlined their second ever tour of America in November and December 2013, dubbing it the "Hate Across America". The bill featured support from I Declare War, Fit For An Autopsy, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life and Kublai Khan with many dates selling out. The band headlined in Europe and the UK in January and February 2014, selling out most venues. Support came from Heart Of A Coward, Aversions Crown and Aegaeon. The band was announced on the lineup for Download Festival 2014.

The band made Australian news headlines in late February 2014, when McMahon encouraged fans to get onstage during their set on Brisbane leg of the Soundwave Festival tour.[27][28][29] Promoter AJ Maddah later tweeted his decision to take the band off the rest of the tour calling them 'disrespectful arseholes' and claiming that McMahon had told the crowd that 'there are thousand of you and dozens of security. Smash them. All of you get on the stage'.[30] Fan footage uploaded on YouTube revealed that Maddah's version of McMahon's pre-song speech were embellished.[31] Triple J radio host Lochlan Watt, who attended the show, appeared on ABC 612 radio in defence of the band stating that the incident had been blown out of proportion. He assured that environment during their set was of ‘excitement and fun’ and that over-the-top language was common at metal shows and comments that McMahon had made shouldn’t have been taken literally.[32][33] The following day both the promoter and the band tweeted that Thy Art Is Murder would be allowed to play the remainder of the tour.[34]

The band announced their participation in the Mosh Lives tour, headlined by Emmure, travelling the USA in March and April 2014. The band will headline a short Canadian tour with Sworn In in April 2014. The band plays New England Metal And Hardcore Festival in April 2014.The band also takes part in the Summer Slaughter of this year. The band are also set to record their follow up full length to hate in late August/early September with producer Will Putney

Band members[edit]

Current members
Former members
  • Brendan Van Ryn - vocals (2006—2008)
  • Gary Markowski - lead guitar (2006—2010)
  • Josh King - bass (2006—2009)
  • Mick Lowe - bass (2009—2010)
  • Tom Brown - rhythm guitar (2010—2013)
Touring Members
  • Roman Koester - Guitar (2014)
  • Kevin Butler - Bass (2014-Present)


Studio albums
List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Year Album details Peak chart positions

2010 The Adversary
  • Released: 16 July 2010
  • Label: Skull N Bones
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 1
2012 Hate 1 1
EPs and Demos
List of EPs and Demo albums
Year Album details
2007 This Hole Isn't Deep Enough for the Twelve of You
  • Type: Demo
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: independent
  • Format: CD
2008 Infinite Death
  • Type: EP
  • Released: 2 August 2008
  • Label: Skull N Bones
  • Format: CD, digital download


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