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Thy Art Is Murder’s CJ McMahon: “The Name ‘Deathcore’ Kind Of Leaves A Sour Taste In My Mouth”


Thy Art Is Murder and the genre of ‘deathcore’ have been closely linked together over the years, notably during a feud over the genre earlier this year with Suicide Silence. With their new album “Dear Desolation“, Thy Art Is Murder seem intent on breaking away from that genre tag a bit however, as frontman CJ McMahon recently told Decibel:

“I think you can expect it to be slightly different to a lot of our releases. It’s a record that I feel is like a breakthrough record for us where we’ve really found our sound. It’s something that we feel will be able to push us further in our musical careers in the future rather than just having to stem out of being in this genre of deathcore. I really don’t care what people pigeonhole us as but for some reason, the name ‘deathcore’ kind of leaves a sour taste in my mouth after saying it. We’re showing our strengths and variety.

We can kind of move into a more modern metal phase of our lives now where we’re not going to be — not that we ever were — this generic deathcore-sounding band. This record will be more appealing to people that are into more of a modern metal, modern death metal sort of element and style of music. I think we’ve broken down the actual content of the music and instead of having ten or twelve riffs in a song, having the listener try to pick up on a few different riffs, we’ve broken the structures down so there’s less riffs but the riffs are better.

The structures are not as complex as older material. It’s like taking out all the great things we’ve always liked about our band and trying to figure out what works for us in the best way and not having to add filler to everything else to make it more technical or more crazy or more interesting.

We’ve kind of broken down the way that our band writes and try to write the best of the best, rather than just writing the craziest, the heaviest, the craziest breakdown, the techiest riff. Instead of doing those things, we just try to take out what works and what we like and incorporate that into having a more modern sound that’s not so deathcore.

We’re evolving on this record and it’ll be interesting to see what the listeners think of it, that’s for sure.”

He later said of the genre:

“I just don’t think it’s what we are. I never thought it is what we were. There’s a lot of bands out there that are allegedly in the same category as us and we’re very, very different and I guess that is the reason that it’s kind of pissed me off a little bit, because I know we’re very different from these bands and yet we’re categorized as the same as these bands.

I think for sure there will be people that will see us playing, “Oh, fuck this band. They’ve got fresh Nikes on, skinny jeans, they’ve got fucking breakdowns.” I get it, we don’t all have long hair and beards and black metal shirts on from the 80’s. I get it.

We’re a very special group of people. Individually we’re special and together, as a group, as the four of us, we’re very special, so we have something that’s different and unique about our band and our personalities and the music and the control at live shows.

We understand that we’re very different and even if we were to go down the line and later records, straight death metal, we’ll always get pigeonholed as something different. I don’t know what it is with us but there’s something very unique there and it’s something that works for us. At the same time, I think it works against us.”

Dear Desolation” will be released through Nuclear Blast Entertainment on August 18th. For more from McMahon on the album and his return to the group, head to Decibel.

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