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Formed in 2000 by a violinist and a double bassist, Virginia-based death and thrash metal outfit Arsis -- a musical term that relates to the original concept of "arsis and thesis," meaning up and down beats, to be more exact -- got their start in Boston by Berklee College of Music students and friends James Malone (the violinist) and Michael Van Dyne, arguably more as a time filler rather than a serious project. With Van Dyne taking up drumming duties (he'd spent time studying drum performance) and Malone handling all the other duties of the group, Arsis recorded their first demo in 2001, and a follow-up in 2002. After playing a handful of live shows and getting some exposure for their well-received demos, Arsis became a full-time -- not to mention serious -- project, signing their first record deal -- with Willowtip Records -- in 2004. Their debut for the indie label, A Celebration of Guilt, won them high honors in the metal music press, even earning comparisons to genre legends At the Gates -- specifically their final album, Slaughter of the Soul. Arsis also began their first bout of touring in support of their work at this point, filling out their live ranks with session musicians -- a setup that would continue for a number of years. In 2005, Arsis released the EP A Diamond for Disease, which not only won them even more critical praise, but whose title track was requisitioned by a ballet company in New York, the Ballet Deviare. Arsis began recordings on their next full-length in 2006. The album, United in Regret, was a more technical affair, produced by Daath guitarist Eyal Levi, and would help secure the band a deal with Nuclear Blast. Although the band had now reached new heights in the national metal scene, including shared stages and tours with such names as Enslaved, Goatwhore, and Cephalic Carnage, drummer -- and founder, it must be noted -- Michael Van Dyne decided to call it a day. Although down to just one official member, Arsis were ready to push forward. Composer, vocalist, and guitarist James Malone quickly rebounded, putting together a more standard-format full-time band, taking on drummer Darren Cesca, guitarist Ryan Knight, and United in Regret sessions bassist Noah Martin. (For a brief time, due to Malone losing his voice, Mike Parks took on vocal duties for Arsis. By 2007, Malone was back on the mike, and the band had decided to part ways amicably with Parks.) Arsis returned to the fore with their 2008 full-length, We Are the Nightmare, which followed in the footsteps of their previously recorded work, earning them critical praise and helping to shore up higher numbers in their nationwide fan base. A tour with legendary thrash pioneers Exodus was planned for January of that year. ~ Chris True
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  1.   Song
  2.   Worship Depraved
  3.   Forced to Rock
  4.   Maddening Disdain
  5.   Beyond Forlorn
  6.   The Face of My Innocence
  7.   The Things You Said
  8.   Shattering the Spell
  9.   We Are the Nightmare
  10.   Failing Winds of Hopeless Greed
  11.   Denied
  12.   Six Coffins Wide
  13.   Hopeless Truth
  14.   Sunglasses at Night
  15.   Sick Perfection
  16.   ...and the Blind One Came
  17.   Lust Before the Maggots Conquest
  18.   Unwelcome
  19.   Choking on Sand
  20.   Seven Whispers Fell Silent
  21.   I Share in Shame
  22.   Let Me Be the One
  23.   Handbook for the Recently Deceased
  24.   Carve My Cross
  25.   Painted Eyes
  26.   Sable Rising
  27.   Closer to Cold
  28.   A Pound of Flesh (For the Hell of It)
  29.   My Oath to Madness
  30.   A Feast for the Liar's Tongue
  31.   Sightless Wisdom
  32.   The Marriage Bed
  33.   The Promise of Never
  34.   Return
  35.   Carnal Ways to Recreate the Heart
  36.   Dust and Guilt
  37.   Elegant and Perverse
  38.   The Sadistic Motives Behind Bereavement Letters
  39.   Looking to Nothing
  40.   Wholly Night
  41.   Progressive Entrapment
  42.   Roses on White Lace
  43.   Overthrown
  44.   Servants to the Night
  45.   No One Lies to the Dead
  46.   Veil of Mourning Black
  47.   Scornstar
  48.   From Soulless to Shattered (Art in Dying)
  49.   The Ten of Swords
  50.   A Diamond For Disease
  51.   I Speak Through Shadows
  52.   Failure's Conquest
  53.   Oh, the Humanity
  54.   Half Past Corpse O'Clock
  55.   A Tearful Haunt, Condemned
  56.   United In Regret
  57.   A March for the Sick
  58.   Haunted, Fragile, and Frozen
  59.   Escape Artist
  60.   Martyred or Mourning
  61.   The Cold Resistance
  62.   Bonus Material
  63.   Elegant And Motives Behind Bereavement Letters
  64.   Enter the Nightmare: Making of the Album
  65.   Photo Gallery
  66.   The Sadistic Motives Behind Bereavement Letters/The Promise of Never
  67.   Fortune's Envy
  68.   Close
  69.   Elegant and Perverse-1
  70.   Seven Whispers Fell Silent-2

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