Thy Art Is Murder announced earlier today that they'd split with vocalist CJ McMahon and removed all his vocals from their new album Godlike. Thy Art Is Murder's statement noted that the split is partially due to McMahon's recent anti-trans comments. which they added were only a symptom of a larger problem.
Now McMahon has issued a brief statement saying he only found out he was fired through social media. "I just woke up and saw the news," wrote McMahon. "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." McMahon closed his statement by saying "burn everyone to death," which is a direct reference to his anti-trans comments about how one mother should've been "burned to death." Fucking classy, dude.
Thy Art Is Murder's full statement can be found below.
"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 camels 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."