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Brought together through a mutual respect for KING DIAMOND and formed during Christmas vacation in Boston in 2000 by Berklee College of Music students James Malone (an already skilled violinist and a composition major) and double-bass connoisseur Michael VanDyne (a drum performance major and rumored octopus), the duo recorded a 3-song demo in 2001 and a 5-song demo in 2002 simply to „amuse“ themselves over winter break. Thanks to the favorable feedback they received, ARSIS became a live and full-time endeavor. After only one month of being an „official“ two-man band and with only five live shows to their credit (utilizing session musicians for second guitar and bass), Malone and VanDyne signed a deal with Willowtip Records to release their 2004 debut, „A Celebration Of Guilt“, and began exploring life on the road soon after. Much to the band’s surprise, „A Celebration Of Guilt“ seized the spotlight by clinching one of the ultimate honors possible for a brand-new technical, melodic death metal band: being praised by Revolver Magazine for creating "the best album in the genre since AT THE GATES’ legendary swan song, „Slaughter Of The Soul“."
With a firm reputation to upkeep, an inspired EP followed in 2005. „A Diamond For Disease“ featured a 13-minute title track that took four months to write and was hailed as „a multi-movement death metal masterwork“, by Decibel Magazine. The song was commissioned for exclusive use by the New York-based Ballet Deviare, resulting from Malone’s online friendship with the ballet company’s Executive Director, Andy Carpenter.
Entering Max Tax Studios in Albany, New York and teaming up with producer (and DAATH guitarist) Eyal Levi in 2006 to record their sophomore full-length album „United In Regret“, ARSIS placed a higher emphasis on technical complexity and on song structure, earning them kudos from New York’s Village Voice for being „American death metal at its best.“ The band toured relentlessly throughout North America. After securing a new record deal with Nuclear Blast Records, Van Dyne surprisingly left the band to pursue studies in radiology. Not one to risk losing momentum and to ensure the best possible performers for the band’s new label debut, Malone recruited ex-GORATORY/ex-BURN IN SILENCE/ex-BERKLEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC drummer Darren Cesca, second guitarist Ryan Knight, and bassist Noah Martin (who did session work on „United In Regret“).
Produced by Zeuss (AGNOSTIC FRONT, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE) at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts, mastered by Alan Douches (KATAKLYSM, UNEARTH, SHADOWS FALL), and featuring the grotesque and meticulous artwork of Mark Riddick (a relationship that stems back to the band’s first album), 2008’s „We Are The Nightmare“ further expands the band’s repertoire and proudly showcases why ARSIS are well on their way to making their discography absolutely essential for any fan with an extreme music library. Featuring songs that are simultaneously complex, impressively aggressive, and rich with classical frameworks, this is a showcase of spectacular variety, one where ARSIS plays to their greatest strengths: their dramatic, energetic passion and scorchingly mature expression.
While 2008 marked the release of the ARSIS Nuclear Blast debut, it also marked the departure of Darren Cesca, Ryan Knight and Noah Martin for various reasons. Leaving only James Malone to rebuild ARSIS as well as his personal life. Enter Nicholas Cordle, a long-time aqquaintance on Malone's who was originally hired to replace Noah Martin on bass duties for a tour. Cordle, a graduate of the University of Virginia and guitar prodigy did wonders to help motivate James Malone continue with ARSIS. When Ryan Knight left arsis to join THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, Cordle switched from playing bass in ARSIS to playing guitar and began working with James on the material that would become "Starve for the Devil“. A few months later, original drummer Mike Van Dyne agreed to re-join the band and ARSIS was
almost complete again.
In August 2009, just prior to entering Planet-Z studios once again, a long time friend of Cordle's was asked to audition for the vancant bass position. The bassists name is Nathaniel Carter, and he impressed the band and producer Zuess so much that he has now become a permanate member of Arsis. With a new found motivation, Arsis sets out to futher spread the massage of metal. 2010 will see the release of "Starve for Devil" and relentless touring is sure to ensue.
01. Forced To Rock 2:56
02. A March for the Sick 4:23
03. From Soulless To Shattered 4:27
04. Beyond Forlorn 4:01
05. The Ten Of Swords 3:44
06. Closer To Cold 5:08
07. Sick Perfection 3:55
08. Half Past Corpse O´Clock 4:12
09. Escape Artist 4:22
10. Sable Rising 3:36
Arsis - Starve For The Devil (2010)
Genre: Death Metal
Nuclear Blast GmbH
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