with vocalist CJ McMahon, Aussie extreme metal act Thy Art Is Murder
has revealed that they've finished writing their next album, which they hope to release later this year. In an interview with Metal Wani, guitar player Andy Marsh had this to say:
"We've finished writing. We got together a couple of months ago, Sean [Delander] and I, and we spent a few weeks writing after a tour, and we did it for three or four weeks. We've written a record, now we just got to record the damn thing. We're excited for it. We topped ourselves. When we think about our music, obviously, in our heads, we think about CJ's voice singing over it, so having him coming back, at the end of us writing a record, it made us excited to go and record it and hear it the way we imagined hearing it. The fans, obviously, their idea of the band is with CJ singing in the band. We shared that vision, that idea, also. Our band is like a small family and the way we imagine hearing our own music and how we craft the product is with that end goal in mind. It's definitely exciting to know we can get the sound that we want... Obviously, we'd like to have the record out this year, 2017. A lot of work goes into recording and getting the artwork, lyrics, and recording it, and making videos. So, it's a pretty lengthy process... I guess we better start working on it pretty soon."
Marsh was asked about the possible incorporation of clean vocals into the band's music, to which he had this reply:
"[laughs] Never. That's one avenue that is definitely not open to our band. Not for any kind of limitation in terms of ability, but, I mean, that's our own restrictions. If we want to start a band that was going to play a different style of music, we would have another band for that. We've all played in other bands in different genres — hardcore, post-hardcore rock bands — so we have the ability to do that. We have the enjoyment that we get from that genre of music, but we have no need to put that into Thy Art Is Murder. We just want to refine our sound, evolve, just slowly perfect what it is what we focus on and what we want to do. So, no clean vocals for us."
You can listen to the entire interview below.