Extreme metal titans Thy Art Is Murder have announced their brand new single Human Target, taken from their upcoming album of the same name.

The fifth LP from the band will be released on July 26th via Nuclear Blast Records or Human Warfare in Australia and New Zealand.

Human Target was written to set the mood for the new album, and it was the last track to be penned as it was designed specifically to fill this gap.

The song covers the gristly subject of human organ trafficking, confirmed guitarist Andy Marsh, which isn’t an atrocity that gets much media attention.

Talking about Human Target, Marsh said: “It was the last song written for the album as I felt we lacked an opening track to set the mood and provide the impact for what was to come.”

As often happens across the media, many global subjects aren’t given any column inches and so awful acts of violence go unnoticed by those in the west. Marsh wanted to change that.

“Human organ harvesting had been brought to my attention as a serious matter that wasn’t receiving much coverage (or not enough for me to hear about it) and I thought the issue required more scrutiny and awareness,” he said.

The song sets the scene in more than just one way. While it’s a blistering example of extreme metal at it’s finest, there’s also something else bubbling away under the surface.

“To distil the metaphors of proletariat subjugation down to the visceral injustice of taking away the engines of life, seemed to be a powerful atmosphere to open the record,” concluded Marsh.

Human Target was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, NJ.

The artwork was once again painted by Eliran Kantor, who has worked with bands such as Hatebreed in the past.