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

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