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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
    4 songs

Albums by
Arsis

Top Songs by
Arsis

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