CJ McMahon Has Left Thy Art Is Murder
After six years of traveling the world with his cutthroat gutturals slashing through crowds of thousands, CJ McMahon has made the difficult decision to step down as frontman of Thy Art Is Murder. Announced this morning through the band’s Facebook page, the news comes as a bit of a shock, but is wholly understandable – a life of relentless touring with little income has been known to take a toll on a rockstar or two (hundred thousand) over the years, so it’s better off in the long run that McMahon ditched the lifestyle before it ditched him.
“I spend too much time away from my fiancé , family and friends, touring has taken a massive mental, emotional and physical toll on me,” McMahon wrote in a post separate to the official announcement. “One of the biggest reasons is money, I / we have been broke for years and being 32 years old I can’t live like this anymore. I am getting married next year and plan on having a family, these things cost money, to put the finances into perspective for you I /we have earned between $16k-$18k each over 6-7 years, I feel there is something massively wrong with this, I will not live like this anymore. [sic]”
McMahon initially joined Thy Art Is Murder in 2009, taking the reigns from previous frontman Brendan Van Ryn, who left the previous year. His tenure with the quintet spawned three ridiculously banging studio albums – 2010’s The Adversary, 2012’s Hate, and this year’s Holy War, the lattermost of which catapulted the band from the underground to the mainstage with a #7 debut on the ARIA Charts. The outspoken vocalist has never been one to shy away from his own serrated worldview, and undoubtedly injected Thy Art with a lot of the bloodthirsty ire that they’re now known for.
On a less shitty note, it seems the band will still be moving forward in McMahon’s absence – they’re a month out from embarking on one of their biggest tours to date, slithering through Europe and the UK for 25 dates alongside Parkway Drive and Architects, and although they could totally pull off an instrumental set, Molotov Solution frontman Nick Arthur will be stepping in behind the mic. Further plans for 2016 and beyond are unclear, but we’re assuming it won’t be long before they drag in another full-time screamer and smash out LP #4.
Read the full statement from the band below:
After much conjecture and ambiguity on his behalf, it is with a heavy heart that we must announce today that CJ is no longer a part of Thy Art Is Murder. We have worked so hard from day one to make this band what it is now, and develop the reputation that we have and he had been there with us every step of the way. We like to think that even if someone doesn’t like our music that they can at least respect our work ethic. This band has taken us to places we never thought we would see and to share stages with many bands we never thought we would get to play with or meet, let alone call friends. It is unfortunate that with our best year to date and our biggest paved out before us that he has decided to leave.
All this being said, touring as hard as we do does take its toll on you physically, but more importantly mentally and emotionally. We are an underground metal band, and have been so fortunate over the last two years to carve out a small income thanks to so many dedicated and generous fans around the world. For some people, it comes to a turning point in their life where that income is no longer enough for their personal goals, and that point has come for CJ. We would like to wish him all our best as he leaves the band and moves onward to start a family and new life with his loving fiancée.
The four of us are continuing forward into 2016 for some of the biggest and best tours of our lives. We won’t be slowing down or missing any shows. We head back out next month with Parkway Drive and Architects throughout Europe and the UK and will be taking one of our favourite vocalists with us, Nick Arthur from Molotov Solution. Thy Art is what we have done with all of our adult lives and we have put absolutely everything we have into the band and the friendship between the four of us. That friendship and drive to create extreme music is what has kept us together through thick and thin. Unfortunately not everyone can share this fire.
Andy, Kevin, Lee and Sean – Thy Art Is Murder
CJ also released a personal letter through his own Facebook page:
With a mix of both negative and positive emotions, I inform you all that I have parted ways with my band Thy Art Is Murder. It has been a wild ride I have travelled to over 40 countries around the world and played alongside some of the worlds biggest and best bands, it brings me great sadness knowing I will never perform again for my amazing and supportive fans, this will be the hardest thing for me to deal with. My reasons for leaving: I spend too much time away from my fiancé , family and friends, touring has taken a massive mental, emotional and physical toll on me. One of the biggest reasons is money, I / we have been broke for years and being 32 years old I can’t live like this anymore. I am getting married next year and plan on having a family, these things cost money, to put the finances into perspective for you I /we have earned between $16k-$18k each over 6-7 years, I feel there is something massively wrong with this, I will not live like this anymore. I’m sorry to my fans that I have to go, I have loved you all and I thank you for believing in me supporting me. The money made from my closing down sale of my clothing label will be going to my wedding, I will also be selling my Northface stage jacket I have worn the last two years on stage via eBay soon to try to pay for my wedding for the people interested, again thank you for the love and support, Your Prince Of Darkness Cj
Relive the now-glory days with “Holy War” below!