Australia’s incendiary extreme musical export, THY ART IS MURDER, have revealed the original uncensored cover artwork for their upcoming release, Holy War.
“We wanted Holy War to be our most confronting release to date,” explains guitarist Andy Marsh. “From the moment the album title was conceived and the lyrics were born we had a distinct vision that the album cover artwork must be equally as confronting, as scary, and as real as what we are about as a band. Unfortunately after circulating our intended album cover around to the distributors and retailers, and after several meetings with the label and those we all work with, we were told we would have to cover the image, or choose a different cover. Not wanting to alter our desired cover in any way shape or form, we opted to contain it within the album packaging and roll with one of the other images from the layout.
“Here it is in all its magnificent glory, a child for every religion that has indoctrinated the young and disadvantaged, and sent them off to war and bloody death without cause or reason. This album is for them.”
The album cover and packaging photos were shot by the band’s long time photographer and friend, Thomas Savage.
Fans can pre-order Holy War in multiple formats, some of which include the uncensored cover art, from the following location: http://smarturl.it/TAIM-HolyWar-NB
Produced and mixed by Will Putney (SUICIDE SILENCE, EXHUMED, THE ACACIA STRAIN), Holy War is the band’s second release for Nuclear Blast Entertainment. It will be made available in various formats (digital; limited digi-pak + bonus track; assorted color vinyl; exclusive mail-order picture disc) and unleashed in North America on June 30th, in Europe & Australia on June 26th, and in the U.K. on June 29th.
Catch the band on tour with SLAYER, KING DIAMOND and WHITECHAPEL as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival!
2015 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
06/26 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
06/27 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
06/28 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
06/30 – Auburn, WA (Seattle) @ White River Amphitheater
07/01 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
07/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Amphitheater
07/04 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
07/05 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
07/07 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs
07/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
07/10 – Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) @ Kilpsch Amphitheater
07/11 – Clarkston, MI (Detroit) @ DTE Energy Amphitheater
07/12 – Tinley Park, IL (Chicago) @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
07/15 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/17 – Camden, NJ (Philadelphia) @ Susquehanna Bank Arts Center
07/18 – Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh) @ First Niagara Pavilion
07/19 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
07/21 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/22 – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion)
07/24 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
07/25 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
07/26 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
07/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
07/31 – San Antonio, TX @ Whitewater Amphitheater
08/01 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/02 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Amphitheater
Rising from the unhallowed wastes of Western Sydney, THY ART IS MURDER successfully cleaved a trail of blood & mayhem since their inception in 2006. With the acclaimed Infinite Death EP (2008) and their debut album The Adversary (2010) firmly establishing their name in the global metal music scene, the band has traversed highways & autobahns all around the world, playing 342 tour dates alone in support of their Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut, Hate (2012), which debuted at #35 on the Top 40 Aria chart – the highest chart debut of any Australian extreme metal band.
Known for their tireless work ethic, THY ART IS MURDER performed at Summer Slaughter 2014 & 2013, headlined their own “Hate Across America” tour in 2013, and supported both EMMURE and BORN OF OSIRIS in 2014, playing throughout the U.S. more times in a two-year period than any other Australian band in any genre of music.
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