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Interview with Andy Marsh of Thy Art Is Murder

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“Expect the unexpected” is probably one of the worst, most clichéd pieces of advice. Still, despite having heard it far too much, we didn’t expect the least gory answer to the question “So how would you commit a murder?” to come from the guitarist of a band that literally has the word “murder” in its name.

From the moment our video interview with Andy Marsh of Thy Art Is Murder kicks off, it’s clear this guy does not take himself too seriously, and it’s pretty funny. Because how else do you sit through an interview? With a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other, of course.

Check out the video interview below and give a listen to the band’s new record, Holy War.

Live Shots: Whitechapel at Mayhem Fest 2015

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Whitechapel

Two Words: Phil Bozeman.

While metal music reigns supreme at the Rockstar Mayhem Fest each year, it is bands like Whitechapel that always tend to dominate.  Opting to play the Victory Records stage when they easily could have fronted the Main Stage.  PhillyBo and Co. delivered the heaviest set of the day and rocked the festival for a well deserved 40-minute set.  From their showmanship, musicianship, and Bozeman’s legendary guttural screams, Whitechapel stole the show.  In case you missed it, check out some of the live shots we got at the Holmdel, New Jersey date of the festival.

All photos by Taylor Markarian.

Live Shots: Thy Art Is Murder at Mayhem Fest 2015

CJ McMahon of Thy Art Is Murder
CJ McMahon of Thy Art Is Murder

When your guitarist’s sound shuts off mid-set, you improvise the guitar solo with doo-doo-doo’s in your vocals. When the crowd isn’t moving fast enough, you jump down into the circle pit and get shit moving. At least, that’s how Thy Art Is Murder vocalist CJ McMahon runs the show. And of course, nothing says “brutal” more than a banana yellow guitar and a popsicle shirt, right Andy? Check out some metal photos of Thy Art Is Murder from the Holmdel, New Jersey date of Mayhem Fest 2015 below!

All photos by Taylor Markarian.

Bring Me The Horizon Definitively Change Sound with “Throne”

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Bring Me The Horizon‘s first new single since one-off “Drown” confused fans well enough. Coming from what used to be a deathcore band, “The Happy Song” began to spell alt rock doom for many. But everyone’s allowed a grace period. Maybe they just wanted to shock us.

And then Rolling Stone debuted BMTH’s music video for their following single, “Throne,” with the headline “Ditching Metalcore for Poppy, Positive New LP.” Obviously, a lot is wrong with that sentence. But the headline did get one thing right, at least, in the eyes of a lot of upset fans–the word “ditch.”

The UK band’s last monumental record, Sempiternal, was already a decisive change in genre for those who were used to the raw belligerence of records like 2008’s Suicide Season and 2010’s There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret. But Sempiternal still kept the music in the realm of metalcore, if not deathcore. New single “Throne” takes the softer vocals and electronic sounds of Sempiternal even further, causing a lot of old followers to shake their heads and walk away.

But what do you think? Is the split detrimental or just evolutionary? Could it be at all positive, or is it just downhill from here? Watch “Throne” below and judge for yourself.