It brings us unfathomable jollies to inform you that not only has ur boi C.J. McMahon officially returned to claim his rightful throne as Thy Art Is Murder‘s frontman, the gang have also sealed the deal by dropping a crushing new song.
It’s called No Absolution — described by the band as ” a rich tapestry, intertwined in faith, scripture and doctrine, and a story about the process that we have endured throughout the last year” — and you can shove it into your ear holes below right-the-fark-now.
ICYMI: Ceej made a surprise return to the mic at this month’s UNIFY Gathering after his controversial exit from the band back in 2015.
At the time of his departure, he blamed the financial hardships of being in a band and a desire to focus on family life as his reasons for quitting. But addressing punters at UNIFY, McMahon gave a more candid insight into the whole situation, confessing: “I was a drug addict, I was a broke musician, and I had some fucking issues. I got married, I did some fucking soul searching, and now I’m back to take over the world with my fucking brothers.”
Now, C.J.’s bandmates have also weighed in on his triumphant return, with guitarist Andy Marsh explaining everything that’s been happening behind the scenes in the lead up to today’s big announcement:
“A little over a year ago, we were left in a pickle when CJ had finally reached his breaking point – the physical, emotional and mental stresses of touring, and the lifestyle had taken its toll on him. After the dust had settled we had time to speak amongst ourselves, and with him, and we were all able to get on the same page.
He was able to take time off from the road and work consistently, tick off some life goals like getting married, and enjoy the routine and familiarity of life at home with his friends and family.
Conversely the rest of us kept going, touring relentlessly, playing bigger tours to more people than ever before, going to new countries for the very first time, and had a blast taking a few great vocalists and mates out for the ride with us while we weathered the storm and figured things out. Special thanks must go out to Monte Barnard, Nicholas Arthur, Lochlan Watt, and every other vocalist who took the time to apply in our discrete vocalist auditions.
After a few months, away from the chaotic life on the road C.J. reached out to us and we started maintaining more regular communication. He mentioned how he had started cleaning up, was focused on working hard and saving for his wedding and enjoying time at home, but he also mentioned he missed the shows, the friends, and us – his band.
After months of working things out, gaining his voice back, and mending wounded friendships, we are overwhelmed with excitement to announce that we have completed writing for a new record to be released later this year, featuring the one and only Christopher John McMahon. Welcome back C.J.!”
Yep, you heard that right. THERE’S A NEW THY ART ALBUM ON THE WAY.
Permission to piss your pants: granted.
Listen to No Absolution below.
Watch: Thy Art Is Murder – ‘No Absolution’
Gallery: Unify Gathering 2017 – Gippsland, Victoria / Photos By Nikki Williams
C.J. McMahon Is Officially Back In Thy Art Is Murder & They've Just Dropped A New Song To Prove It - Music Feeds