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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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Arsis

    Death Metal

    Death Metal
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Albums by
Arsis

Top Songs by
Arsis

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    Popularity
  2.   Beyond Forlorn
  3.   Maddening Disdain
  4.   Worship Depraved
  5.   Forced to Rock
  6.   The Face of My Innocence
  7.   Looking to Nothing
  8.   Progressive Entrapment
  9.   Lust Before the Maggots Conquest
  10.   The Things You Said
  11.   Carnal Ways to Recreate the Heart
  12.   Failing Winds of Hopeless Greed
  13.   The Cold Resistance
  14.   Martyred or Mourning
  15.   Denied
  16.   A Feast for the Liar's Tongue
  17.   Seven Whispers Fell Silent-2
  18.   Painted Eyes
  19.   Six Coffins Wide
  20.   Oh, the Humanity
  21.   Elegant and Perverse
  22.   No One Lies to the Dead
  23.   The Ten of Swords
  24.   Sick Perfection
  25.   From Soulless to Shattered (Art in Dying)
  26.   Escape Artist
  27.   Closer to Cold
  28.   A Pound of Flesh (For the Hell of It)
  29.   We Are the Nightmare
  30.   United In Regret
  31.   Hopeless Truth
  32.   Wholly Night
  33.   Close
  34.   The Marriage Bed
  35.   Handbook for the Recently Deceased
  36.   Half Past Corpse O'Clock
  37.   My Oath to Madness
  38.   Sable Rising
  39.   Sunglasses at Night
  40.   Servants to the Night
  41.   Roses on White Lace
  42.   Choking on Sand
  43.   Veil of Mourning Black
  44.   Carve My Cross
  45.   Dust and Guilt
  46.   A Tearful Haunt, Condemned
  47.   Seven Whispers Fell Silent
  48.   Failure's Conquest
  49.   Sightless Wisdom
  50.   Let Me Be the One
  51.   Return
  52.   I Speak Through Shadows
  53.   Shattering the Spell
  54.   Haunted, Fragile, and Frozen
  55.   The Promise of Never
  56.   Elegant and Perverse-1
  57.   The Sadistic Motives Behind Bereavement Letters
  58.   ...and the Blind One Came
  59.   Scornstar
  60.   Fortune's Envy
  61.   A Diamond For Disease
  62.   Overthrown
  63.   A March for the Sick
  64.   Unwelcome
  65.   I Share in Shame

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