I didn’t hold high hopes for Deathcore heavyweights Thy Art Is Murder after the departure of CJ McMahon in December 2015. Nick Arthur, Monte Barnard and Lachlan Watt had all filled the vocal position during touring throughout 2016. CJ, the self-confessed drug addict, had left the band to do some soul searching and focus on his family, before announcing his return to the band at Unify Festival in Victoria. To cement his return, the band uploaded ‘No Absolution’ to Facebook yesterday, which overnight has already reached 46,000 views, and is steady climbing.
The song was originally recorded for the ‘Holy War’ album, but with limited time, and no vocals for the song, it was left off.
'’No Absolution' is a rich tapestry, intertwined in faith, scripture and doctrine, and a story about the process that we have endured throughout the last year.” Stated Andy Marsh, Thy Art Is Murder’s lead guitarist.
The song is very percussive, with their signature blast beats and double kick from Lee Stanton, and has minimal lead guitar; but the fact that this song does not have a guitar solo doesn’t detract from it at all. Coming in at 3:22, its short, sharp, with a punchy start and an abrupt finish. One Vlogger on youtube did his own review and seems to think that the song sounds more like the style of the ‘Hate’ album, but it’s my opinion that it definitely feels like it was meant to be on ‘Holy War’.
Contrary to popular belief, this song coming out does not signify an upcoming record, or release, and is a stand alone piece. Although, now that CJ is back where he belongs, I’m sure it won’t be long before the band gives us the pleasure of a forth album.
I’ll sign off today with CJ’s words on the matter,
“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.”
Stay calm and mosh, ladies and gents.