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

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