Back in December 2015, Australian death metal outfit Thy Art Is Murder announced the surprise departure of their tyrant of a frontman CJ McMahon, with reasons from both the band and McMahon himself stemming around finances and that touring was a “massive mental, emotional and physical toll” on the vocalist.
Following his departure, several vocalists filled in on the road to their tour commitments, most notably from Molotov Solution‘s own Nick Arthur. However, at their set at Unify Festival in Tarwin Meadows, Victoria in Australia last night (January 14th 2017), the band were rejoined by the vocalist, who announced his return to the band full-time once again onstage.
During their performance, McMahon confessed, “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.” The band then applaud, before the frontman continues, “In the celebration that is me coming back to join my brothers in world domination, I need you guys to have some fun with us.”
You can watch a video of their set where he explains this below, before the band begin playing their song ‘The Purest Strain Of Hate’:
Though at the time of writing there’s no statement from Thy Art Is Murder or McMahon, the band have acknowledged the surfacing of the video and the surrounding rumours without objecting to it, strongly insinuating that the reunion is official.