Australian deathcore masters THY ART IS MURDER will release their fifth album, "Human Target", on July 26 via Nuclear Blast and Human Warfare (Australia and New Zealand). The disc was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, New Jersey. The artwork was once again painted by Eliran Kantor (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM).
The official music video for the album's third single, "Make America Hate Again", can be seen below.
Guitarist Andy Marsh comments: "Whilst we collectively identify as a left-leaning band, this song was not written to attack those who sit on the right side of the political sphere, but as a commentary on the tactics employed by both campaigns in the most recent U.S. presidential election. These crusades of social warfare would surely succeed in one result regardless of the victor, making people hate one another. The blood lust of the political spectator, armed with Fox, CNN and an iPhone, was satiated with aggressive slander-filled debate and fake radicalized propaganda masquerading as news, where both sides of the field rallied to provoke. Identity politics spread like the wildfires of California, smoking out people of all creeds to be branded as red or blue.
"Those on the regressive left may indeed have as much to answer for as their far-right opponents for creating a heaving divide in the space of public discourse, and a sustaining sense of animosity among communities around America and abroad," he continued.
"Polarizing leaders like Trump are, in part, a result of who we have become. Disconnected."
The "Make America Hate Again" video was directed by Max Moore, who has previously worked with KNOCKED LOOSE and CODE ORANGE.
Pre-order "Human Target" in various digital and physical formats from www.thyartismurder.net.
"Human Target" track listing:
01. Human Target
02. New Gods
03. Death Squad Anthem
04. Make America Hate Again
05. Eternal Suffering
06. Welcome Oblivion
08. Voyeurs Into Death
09. Eye For An Eye
10. Chemical Christ
THY ART IS MURDER vocalist CJ McMahon left the band in 2015 over financial woes and substance-abuse issues. The frontman has since returned to the fold for 2017's "Dear Desolation" album.
Last year, CJ McMahon told Exclaim! that he hates it when THY ART IS MURDER is lumped in with the "cliché hashtag" of deathcore music.
"We all listen to so many different styles of music," he said. "That's what makes us unique; that we're so in touch with music as a whole.
"We're just writing music that we want to play and hear," he explained. "If people aren't going to give us a chance because they've heard someone call us a deathcore band, I really don't give a fuck. It is mindblowing that people will put shit on you without listening to your band just because of a genre's name. It's just a strange thing, man. I really don't get it."
Photo credit: Jake Owens