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

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