Down the road, Thy Art Is Murder play to their biggest crowd ever
AUSSIE DEATHCORE CHAMPS REJUVENATE IN THE CAPITAL
“THIS IS the biggest headline show we’ve ever played on the fucking planet,” says CJ Mcmahon with a mixture of awe and pride. In recent years,thy Art Is Murder’s frontman has experienced the kind of selfdoubt, self-destruction and self-redemption that would have put paid to most bands; quitting in December 2015, citing being broke and the “mental, physical and emotional toll” touring took on him. It’s therefore heartening to see the Sydney deathcore mob, with him back at the helm, capping off the success of this year’s fourth album, Dear Desolation, with a career-peak-todate show on the other side of the world.
Its sold-out status is a point of pride for openers Oceano, according to hulking frontman Adam Warren. The Illinois shit-kickers mark the occasion by digging deep into their back-catalogue for the likes of Slaughtered Like Swine, which they haven’t played in five years, and features more sub drops than a thermometer on an Antarctic expedition.after The Burial are even better.the highly-technical strain of metalcore exhibited by Lost In The Static is almost unbearably intense, while frontman Anthony Notarmaso dedicates Antipattern to the first crowd-surfer of their set – sparking a wave of imitators.
“I thought that was a fucking man flying through the air,” jokes CJ when a hoodie is thrown in his direction during Thy Art Is Murder’s set. Even during the days of his offstage struggles, he remained a formidable frontman, but tonight his performance is bolstered by the sense of a man relishing his role even more; dabbing during Slaves Beyond Death, dancing Gangnam Style, and liberally calling everyone within earshot “c**ts.”
“Thank you for making us pieces of shit feel like rockstars,” he concludes.this crowd should be the ones giving thanks, as their heroes are bigger and better than ever.