One of Sydney’s heaviest exports Thy Art Is Murder have side-swiped fans with a surprise album announcement today (who knew they were even recording?). What’s more, the foursome will release their third studio LP, dubbed Holy War, before the end of this financial year. In your face, taxman!
Produced and mixed by Will Putney, whose hard-hitting CV includes Northlane and Suicide Silence, the new record will be made available in a geek’s ransom of musical formats, from digital, to limited digipak with a bonus track, to assorted colour vinyl and an exclusive mail-order picture disc.
“Finally the cat is out of the bag!” Thy Art guitarist Andrew Marsh said in a statement via Nuclear Blast USA. “Late last year, we entered the studio in secret to create our follow up to Hate, free of expectation and public pressure.”
“What we came out with was a reaction to things going on around the world that crawl under our skin, that make us feel sick to be alive. Musically it is darker, faster and more technical than anything we’ve done in the past and it hits hard lyrically. We wrote about concerns of ours, real issues, hardships that people are facing around the world today.”
“Of course it wouldn’t be a Thy Art record if a lot of those affairs weren’t rooted in religion somehow,” he continued, “And what better way to sum up the state of all things than by entitling our album – Holy War. This is our war on racism, homophobia, child abuse, animal cruelty and all evil born of religious immunity, indoctrination, and ignorance. It is ultimately a push for secularism and humanism. Without it, we will be left in the hands of mad men.”
The Aussie bruisers’ new disc is bound to be snapped up by fans in their homeland, whose support propelled 2012’s Hate to No. 35 on the Top 40 ARIA chart — the highest chart debut of any Australian extreme metal band, like, ever.
Thy Art Is Murder have been keeping pretty busy overseas of late too, playing throughout the U.S. more times in a two-year period than any other Aussie band in any genre of music, like, ever.
They’re currently gearing up to embark on a tour through Europe with Emmure this May, with a return trek to the U.S. to be announced shortly.
No word on when the group will be returning to our shores. Their last gig on Aussie soil was at the brutally epic Unify Gathering at the start of 2015, which capped off a headlining tour in December of last year. With a new album due out mid-year, a homecoming visit is likely a safe bet.
Holy War is slated for release on Friday, 26th June via Nuclear Blast.
Watch: Thy Art Is Murder – The Purest Strain Of Hate
Gallery: Thy Art Is Murder – Big Day Out 2013, Sydney / Photos by Olivia Hadisaputra
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