Down the road, Thy Art Is Mur­der play to their big­gest crowd ever



“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 ex­pe­di­­ter 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.

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