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Arsis performing in Seattle, Nov. 9th 2018
Background information
Origin Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Genres Technical death metal, melodic death metal
Years active2000–present
Labels Willowtip, Earache, Candlelight, Nuclear Blast, Negative Existence
Associated acts The Black Dahlia Murder, Malevolent Creation, Arch Enemy, Dååth, Battlemaster, Monstrosity
MembersJames Malone
Shawn Priest
Noah Martin
Past membersRyan Knight
Darren Cesca
Mike Van Dyne
Nathaniel Carter
Nick Cordle
Justin Shaw
Brandon Ellis

Arsis is an American extreme metal band from Virginia Beach, Virginia, formed in 2000. The band is currently signed to Nuclear Blast.

Extreme metal is a loosely defined umbrella term for a number of related heavy metal music subgenres that have developed since the early 1980s. It has been defined as a "cluster of metal subgenres characterized by sonic, verbal and visual transgression".

Virginia Beach, Virginia Independent city in Virginia

Virginia Beach is an independent city located on the southeastern coast of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 437,994; in 2018, it was estimated to be 450,138. Although mostly suburban in character, it is the most populous city in Virginia and the 44th most populous city in the nation. Located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is included in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. This area, known as "America's First Region", also includes the independent cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, as well as other smaller cities, counties, and towns of Hampton Roads.

Nuclear Blast German record label

Nuclear Blast is an independent record label and mail order record distributor with subsidiaries in Germany, the United States and Brazil. The record label was founded in 1987 by Markus Staiger in Germany. Originally releasing hardcore punk records, the label moved on to releasing albums by melodic death metal, grindcore, industrial metal, power metal and black metal bands, as well as tribute albums. It also distributes and promotes two post-hardcore/metalcore labels, SharpTone Records, focused on American scene, and Arising Empire, focused more on European bands such as Novelists, Imminence, Cold Snap and While She Sleeps.



Demos and Willowtip era (2000–2006)

Arsis was started by James Malone and Michael “Mike” Van Dyne in 2000, who met while attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston. They recorded two demos independently in 2001 and 2002, which were later officially released by Negative-Existence Records in 2007. [1] Arsis signed to Willowtip Records in 2003, and released two full-length albums and an EP between 2004 and 2006. During this time, Arsis performed their first live shows with Ion Dissonance, Daath, Six Feet Under, Full Blown Chaos, The Red Chord, and Dying Fetus, and proceeded to take part in their first national tours with Misery Index, Incantation, Necrophagist, Cattle Decapitation, Neuraxis, Alarum, Dead to Fall, Misery Signals, The Faceless, All Shall Perish, Napalm Death, and A Life Once Lost. Additionally, the band performed on the main stage at the 2004 Maryland Deathfest, the 2006 New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, and the First Annual California Metalfest.

Berklee College of Music independent college of contemporary music in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Berklee College of Music is a private music college in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. Known for the study of jazz and modern American music, it also offers college-level courses in a wide range of contemporary and historic styles, including rock, flamenco, hip hop, reggae, salsa, heavy metal and bluegrass. Berklee alumni have won 294 Grammy Awards, more than any other colleges, and 95 Latin Grammy Awards. Other notable accolades include 19 Emmy Awards, 5 Tony Awards and 5 Academy Awards.

Boston Capital city of Massachusetts, United States

Boston is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. The city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 694,583 in 2018, making it also the most populous city in New England. Boston is the seat of Suffolk County as well, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area (CSA), this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth most populous in the United States.

Willowtip Records record label

Willowtip Records is an independently owned and distributed heavy metal record label headquartered in Zelienople, Pennsylvania.

The band's main composer, singer/guitarist/songwriter James Malone, wrote and performed all the guitar, vocal, and bass work on the first studio album, A Celebration of Guilt, as well as the follow-up, A Diamond for Disease. Malone also composed and performed a score for the off-Broadway ballet company Ballet Deviare. [2] He has a signature model for Washburn Guitars. [3]

Ballet Deviare was founded in 2003 and is located in New York City. It is the brainchild of Laura Kowalewski and Andrew Carpenter. It is a truly unique ballet company due to its use of heavy metal music. Classical dance styles are mixed with the music of such bands as Opeth, My Dying Bride, Swallow the Sun, Japanische Kampfhörspiele, and Celestiial. Segments with the band Arsis have been featured on Headbangers Ball.

Washburn Guitars is an American manufacturer and importer of guitars, mandolins, and other string instruments. The original company was established in 1883 in Chicago, Illinois. The modern Washburn is a division of US Music Corp., in turn now owned by JAM Industries USA.

Mike Van Dyne performed drums on all of Arsis' releases and tours up until early 2007, and recorded/toured again with the band from 2009 until 2011. Van Dyne is the current drummer for The Final Sleep. [4]

We Are the Nightmare and line-up changes (2007–2008)

The band signed to Nuclear Blast just before Van Dyne departed. He would not appear on the first record with their new label and was replaced by Darren Cesca. Noah Martin, who performed bass on United in Regret, and Ryan Knight were also added to the line-up to record We Are the Nightmare.

In summer 2008, Arsis took part on the Thrash & Burn tour alongside many bands like Darkest Hour, Parkway Drive, Abigail Williams, Misery Signals, As Blood Runs Black, Winds of Plague, Stick to Your Guns, Arsonists Get All the Girls, After the Burial, Suicide Silence, Emmure and Veil of Maya.

Darkest Hour (band) band

Darkest Hour is an American heavy metal band from Washington, D.C., formed in 1995. Though failing to break early in their career, the band has received acclaim for their albums Undoing Ruin, Deliver Us, and The Eternal Return. Deliver Us debuted at number 110 on the Billboard album charts, with sales of 6,600, and their more recent effort The Eternal Return garnered them an even higher position in the Billboard album charts at number 104. Their latest album Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora charted at 42 on the Billboard 200, a peak for the band, and it marked a stylistic shift in the band's discography.

Parkway Drive Australian metalcore band

Parkway Drive are an Australian heavy metal band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2003. As of 2018, Parkway Drive has released six full-length albums, one EP, two DVDs, a split album and one book, titled Ten Years of Parkway Drive. The band's latest four albums have reached the top 10 of the Australian ARIA Charts, with Ire reaching number 1 in October 2015, and Reverence in May 2018.

Abigail Williams (band) American black metal band

Abigail Williams is an American extreme metal band, originally from Phoenix, Arizona, but now based in Olympia, Washington. Since their formation in 2004, the group has suffered near-constant changes to their line-up. The band even disbanded in 2007 for a short time before reforming and writing their debut full-length album. Shortly after an eight-week tour in support of their debut full-length album In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns (2008), vocalist Ken Sorceron would become the only original member remaining.

Cesca was let go in 2008. His dismissal was cited as to differences in musical direction among him and the other members of Arsis. He was replaced on tour by Alex Tomlin of Battlemaster and later by Shawn Priest.

Martin quit the band in fall 2008. He left the band to finish his college degree.

In late 2008, Nick Cordle and David Kinkade joined the band for guitar and drum duties, respectively.

On December 21, 2008, Knight announced his departure from Arsis to join The Black Dahlia Murder.

On March 7, 2009, it was announced that Arsis would not be appearing on the Exhumed to Consume II Tour with Carcass, Suicide Silence, Samael, and Psycroptic. [5]

On March 18, 2009, Malone issued a statement explaining and apologizing for recent tour cancellations and lineup changes, citing personal reasons. Soon after, it was announced that original drummer Mike Van Dyne would return (although due to career commitments, his ability to tour with the band may be limited). [6]

Starve for the Devil (2009–2011)

In July, 2009, it was announced that work was ongoing for their next record, Starve for the Devil . In September, recording sessions began with Nathaniel Carter performing bass and production being handled again by Zeuss. The record was released on February 9, 2010, and went on to land at No. 13 on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart for selling 1,800 copies in the U.S. during its first week of release. [7]

In October and November, 2009, Arsis toured Europe with Behemoth, DevilDriver, and Scar Symmetry on the Neckbreakers Ball Tour.

In January, 2010, Arsis released a music video for "Forced to Rock", the first track off Starve for the Devil.

In January and February, 2010, Arsis toured the U.S. and Canada with Arch Enemy, Exodus, and Mutiny Within on the Tyrants of Evil North American Tour.

On March 6, 2010, Arsis performed at the Eye Scream Metal Fest II in Mexico City (the band's first ever performance in Latin America) with Sacred Reich, Cynic, Municipal Waste, and Dying Fetus. This festival, the Tyrants of Evil Tour, and the Neckbreakers Ball Tour are the only times the full Starve for the Devil recording lineup performed live.

On May 13, 2010, Noah Martin rejoined the band, despite staying enrolled in college, following the departure of Nathaniel Carter.

In November 2010, the lineup of Malone, Cordle, Martin, and Van Dyne toured Europe extensively with Misery Index, Grave, The Last Felony, and The Rotted, followed by a U.S. headlining tour in December with Powerglove and Conducting from the Grave. During their headlining dates, Arsis performed the 12+ minute track "A Diamond for Disease" in its entirety for the first time ever. [8]

On August 9, 2011, Willowtip Records reissued Arsis' acclaimed debut album A Celebration of Guilt with two bonus tracks and expanded artwork. [9]

Unwelcome (2011–2017)

News of demos and samples of a new full-length record starting pouring out in early 2012. Not long after, however, guitarist Nick Cordle left the band to join Arch Enemy. [10] Shortly after that, longtime drummer and founding member Mike Van Dyne departed Arsis to concentrate on his career full-time. [11]

On March 13, 2012, Arsis released a demo song entitled "Choking on Sand" featuring Malone on vocals and both guitars and Noah Martin on bass. [12]

On April 6, Arsis announced Shawn Priest as Mike Van Dyne's replacement and reposted the demo song "Choking on Sand" with Shawn on the recording. [13]

Tracking for the as-of-then still untitled full-length record produced by Mark Lewis began on June 4. [14] Raw video footage from the recording sessions was posted by the band on Facebook on July 19. [15]

On July 27, 2012, the album art and title for Unwelcome were made public. [16]

On December 4, 2012, Arsis released an EP entitled Lepers Caress preceding the release of Unwelcome containing new songs that would be on the full-length record as well as some re-recordings from their earlier catalog.

On April 30, 2013, Arsis released Unwelcome.

In 2014, Willowtip Records reissued Arsis' A Diamond for Disease EP and United in Regret album with bonus live video tracks and expanded artwork. [17]

In 2015, Arsis supported Sepultura on their 30th Anniversary tour, they were also joined by Destruction and Starkill. [18]

In 2016, Arsis released their pre-production demo which is titled "As Deep As Your Flesh". [19] They also opened up for Scar Symmetry once again on their North American tour alongside Shattered Sun and Painted in Exile. [20]

Visitant (2018–present)

In July 2018, Arsis announced that they would be co-headlining the 'Bloodletting North America XII' tour with Decrepit Birth in October and November.

On September 6, 2018, Arsis released a music video for a song entitled "Tricking the Gods", along with a statement that a new album would be released on November 2, 2018, called Visitant . [21] On October 4, 2018, Arsis released a lyric video for a song entitled "Hell Sworn". The song features a guest guitar solo by Malcolm Pugh of INFERI. [22]

In January 2019 Arsis provided support for Ensiferum and Septicflesh on the Path to Glory tour.

Taylor Washington filled in as the lead guitarist on both the 'Bloodletting North America XII' and 'Path to Glory' tours.


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