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

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