Thy Art Is Murder
|Thy Art Is Murder|
|Origin||Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia|
|Labels||Nuclear Blast, Halfcut, Skulls N Bones|
|Website||Thy Art Is Murder on Facebook|
|Past members||Brendan Van Ryn
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, and their second full-length album Hate debuted at no. 35 on the ARIA Charts, making them the first extreme metal band to ever reach the Top 40 of this chart. The album also reached no. 1 on AIR and both no. 2 and no. 4 respectively on the USA and Canadian iTunes metal charts on its week of release.
Thy Art Is Murder had garnered a wide fanbase in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States prior to touring in North America.
Formation, EPs and The Adversary (2006-2010)
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 their second EP Infinite Death, which gained them further attention for Van Ryn's misogynistic lyrics and song-titles . The EP reached number 10 on the AIR Charts Five years after its release, American pop singer Katy Perry inadvertently gave the band a huge exposure when she Tweeted a video of a fan manipulating a cat’s limbs to air-drum to the song "Whore to a Chainsaw". The video went on to achieve over two million views on YouTube.
Following two years of relentless national touring, Van Ryn left the group due to creative differences and an inability to keep up with their evolving death metal sound. His departure was announced in 2008. 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 in 2010.
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 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 October 19, 2012. The first single, 'Reign of Darkness', had been premiered earlier on radio station Triple J's The Racket on September 18,
The album debuted at no. 35 on the ARIA Charts, making Thy Art Is Murder the first extreme metal band to ever to break the top 40. The album also reached no. 1 on AIR 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." 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 Thy Art Is Murder signed to Nuclear Blast on January 24, 2013 for distribution of Hate throughout the rest of the world (outside Australia).
On April 11, 2013, Sumerian Records officially announced that the group had won 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%. Eventually, promoters chose to include both bands.
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. 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'. Fan footage uploaded on YouTube revealed that Maddah's version of McMahon's pre-song speech were embellished. 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. 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.
- Current members
- Sean Delander - bass guitar (2010—present) rhythm guitar (2006—2010, 2013 PWD tour only)
- Lee Stanton - drums (2006—present)
- Chris "CJ" McMahon - lead vocals (2009—present)
- Andy Marsh - guitar (2010–present)
- Former members
- Brendan Van Ryn - lead vocals (2006—2008)
- Gary Markowski - lead guitar (2006—2010)
- Josh King - bass guitar (2006—2009)
- Mick Lowe - bass guitar (2009—2010)
- Tim Brown - lead guitar (2012-2012)
- Studio albums
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
- EPs and Demos
|2007||This Hole Isn't Deep Enough for the Twelve of You
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