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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

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