Australian titans of extreme metal, THY ART IS MURDER, have officially parted ways with their vocalist, Chris “CJ” McMahon
THY ART IS MURDER has also disclosed in a statement that McMahon‘s vocal contributions are absent from THY ART IS MURDER‘s freshly released album, “Godlike,” which hit the shelves yesterday (Friday, September 22) via Human Warfare. The new THY ART IS MURDER album features vocals re-recorded by CJ‘s replacement, who recently completed the task earlier this week.
This decision to separate from Chris McMahon follows a controversy that erupted a month prior when he deleted his social media accounts in response to backlash received for posting a transphobic comment on Instagram. In a show of solidarity with the transgender community, the other members of THY ART IS MURDER posted a trans flag on Instagram the following day along with the caption “Setting the record straight, we stand with you.”
THY ART IS MURDER took to social media yesterday to announce that they have terminated McMahon from the band, and as a result, his contributions to the “Godlike” album have been excised.
THY ART IS MURDER‘s statement reads: “We have some important news regarding ‘Godlike’ that we want to share with you.
“Our new album ‘Godlike’ is now available worldwide digitally with an unforeseen change — Chris McMahon is no longer a part of THY ART IS MURDER and does not feature on the record.
“We understand that this may come as a surprise and we want to assure you that this decision was made to preserve the band’s integrity and direction.
“What transpired over the past month was not the cause of this action, but just another symptom of the drawn out breakdown in his character and judgement. The straw that broke the camel’s back if you will. Long story short, the fallout has been immense. We were lobbed with threats to destroy THY ART IS MURDER from the inside if we did not capitulate to various ideologies that he holds.
“Everyone has their own right to free speech and to seek their truth; they are also free to receive the consequences that come with it.
“We appreciate your support and respect for our privacy during this challenging time. As we move forward, we are excited to introduce you to a new vocalist, who finished re-recording vocals on the new album earlier this week, and will be joining us for the ‘Godlike’ European tour with WHITECHAPEL, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, and SPITE, which kicks off in a few days.
“Our focus remains on delivering powerful music and unforgettable performances to our dedicated fans. We’re grateful for your understanding and continued support as we embark on this new chapter together.
“With gratitude, THY ART IS MURDER“.
Soon after, McMahon posted a message on Instagram which read: “I just woke up and saw the news. Yes this is how I found out. And yes it’s not the whole story. I’ll be going live tomorrow at 5pm Sydney Australia time. Burn everyone to death.”
Days after he shared his original transphobic comment on social media, McMahon posted a video to THY ART IS MURDER‘s Instagram in which he said he wanted to “apologize to everybody that’s been upset and offended by the video that I shared and commented horribly on Instagram. My intentions weren’t to be transphobic in any way, shape or form. And now it’s gotten to the point that it really doesn’t matter what my intentions were. I apologize to the LGBTQ+ community and their allies and the people that support them. And I thought I did support them, but obviously my video that I shared and commented horribly on has proved otherwise.
“To my friends that I have that are trans, please don’t take this as me being transphobic. My intentions were very different to be anything other than that. And I apologize to my band that aren’t standing with me and I don’t blame them, so yeah, I don’t know what to say. I’m sorry.”
“I am learning from my mistakes and committed to better understanding, respecting, and supporting every individual,” McMahon wrote in the caption to the video.
McMahon has now posted a video which features the following message which reveals that he originally told his THY ART IS MURDER bandmates to fire him as he had no desire to apologize. “This is the 2nd video I made weeks ago the band never posted, the apology video you all saw I was forced to make,” wrote McMahon. “I actually told the band to fire me as I didn’t want to apologise as I didn’t have anything to apologise for, the band said that if I left the band would be done so for the band I made the apology video you saw but this is the video I meant. I was shut down about posting this”
McMahon said: “CJ here. I wanted to talk about what’s going on and about what I posted, but also apologize to everybody that’s been upset and offended by this because I can now see how that has come across that I’ve offended the trans community. But I wanted to let you know that I apologize for this. None of this was my thought of doing at all. I wasn’t trying to target the trans community. My issue with the video is you have a child that six months to one year old that can verbalize a word that is ‘Yeah.’ And that is it.
“This woman could have said anything to this child, she could have said, ‘Do you want to be an Islamic terrorist and blow up cities around the world?’ The baby would have said ‘Yeah.’ ‘Do you want to identify as a dinosaur and live as a dinosaur for the rest of your life?’ And the baby would have said, ‘Yeah.’
“I think the world is fucked up enough as it is, with everything going on. Nothing to do with LGBTQ family, anything like this. at whatsoever. And I’ll always stand with everybody with whatever their belief or whatever they want to be announced as or spoken to as or identify as. But the people that I will always stick up for first and foremost before anybody, is the people that can’t stand up for themselves, and that’s children. I feel that there’s a lot of different walks of life other than the LGBTQ+ family that indoctrinate children and force feed children information and ideals many years before the these children should be spoken to him about these things.
“I think around the world the sex ed conversation between school and children and parents and children range from about 10 or 11 or 12. And I think that’s a that’s a decent age to have these discussions about sex and gender and how the birds and the bees and all these sorts of things work. And I think for me, my opinion is that children should be protected from all of these things until these ages.
“And I’m sure of course there is a very, very small percentages of children that have these feelings of, of being gay or being trans before the ages of 10, 11 and 12. And I think that these kids should be protected, nurtured, loved, respected, and looked after. If they do have these views. I’ve fully back all of this 100%.
“The thing I don’t back is these kids that the only information is the closest people around them. And then people force feeding these things that I feel are highly inappropriate for children to begin with at these young ages. I feel it’s inappropriate, that is my opinion. And I stick by my opinion. I’m sure some of you if not all of you have seen videos of the LGBTQ+ family doing burlesque slash stripping shows in front of children.
“Whether it’s at a daycare center or a center that’s been hired out for mothers to bring their infant and extremely young children to these events. I also feel that this is highly inappropriate. Whether the woman identifies as a woman and is straight in gender and sex and that is still highly inappropriate.
“In Australia you can’t go to a burlesque show, or a strip show until you’re the age of consent, and the age of being able to drink alcohol, which is 18. I feel that this is the age in America would be 21 and I feel sure you’re allowed to make that conscious decision for yourself. That me being a parent of two kids, I find that this behavior is completely inappropriate.
“Again, none… my posts wasn’t targeted at the trans community. It was there to protect children. That’s all I want to stand for. I’m probably fucking up everything I’m saying right now, but I’m really trying to defend myself and also apologize at the same time for how it’s come across. I shouldn’t have said ‘burn her to death.’ But I was infuriated. I’m sure if I wrote that about a police officer or politician or priest or something like that they wouldn’t be wouldn’t have had gained any traction, everyone would have backed me.
“Again, I apologize for the wording I used.
“I don’t know how I’ve been called a rapist. I don’t know how I’ve been called somebody that wants to kill children. I don’t know how the fuck we’ve gotten to that point.
“But all I wanted to do is protect children at all costs from all things, including trans children. I would protect every child, black, white, trans, straight, gay, poor, rich, uneducated, educated, whatever it is. I don’t care. I stand with fucking kids. And I stand to protect them at all costs. Whether they have anything to do with my life will be on the other side of the planet and I have information about it.
“The two most things I can’t stand in this world are rapists and fucking pedophiles and I believe they all deserve to burn in fucking hell. I’m not calling anybody from the trans pedophiles or rapist or any of these sorts of things. I apologize to all the people that have been offended the LGBTQ+ family, the trans people. All my intentions were was to protect children and this is all gone way too far and it’s affected my life, my career, my friends, my family, my business, my staff, everybody.
“I’m sure my trans friends that know me well would understand where I’m coming from and if they don’t, I apologize. For that I’ve probably lost friends in this process.
“But yeah, I don’t know much what else to say. But all my intentions were, were to protect all kids trans straight, poor, rich black, white, yellow, pink, whatever they identify us protect our kids at all costs.”
THY ART IS MURDER‘s European tour is set to commence next Wednesday, September 27 in Oberhausen, Germany.