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

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