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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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Stations Featuring
Arsis

    Death Metal

    Death Metal
    4 songs

Albums by
Arsis

Top Songs by
Arsis

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