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Formed: 2000
From: Virginia Beach, VA, United States
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Arsis Resumes Headlining Tour

Guitarist/lead vocalist James Malone of the Virginia-based technical death metal outfit ARSIS has issued an update on the band's current tour, which was nearly derailed this past Wednesday (March 5) after the group's trailer flipped and settled deep in a snow bank alongside an ice-coated highway somewhere in Iowa.

"Things could've been a lot worse, and we came out of this pretty much intact," he said in a statement. "We have about $1,000 worth of damage to our equipment, though there aren't any heartbreaking losses. Our attitude is pretty good considering what we've been through this past week. We rented a trailer and made it to our show yesterday in Minnesota. The crowd didn't seem to know about the accident, and the show went as well as any show in Minnesota on a Thursday night could've gone. Life is good again."

A photo of the trailer can be viewed here.

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Arsis' Trailer Flips, Jeopardizes Rest Of Tour

Calling in from a frozen tundra somewhere in Iowa, ARSIS frontman/guitarist Jim Malone provides this update:

“Everyone’s fine. Hard to believe this happened during the day, but the road is solid ice. The trailer flipped, broke loose of the hitch, and is now stuck in a snow bank. Better the trailer and not us. We’re waiting to get it towed, since it’s unusable. It’s lodged in ice and we can’t get to our gear, but we’re sure it’s all smashed. We need to assess the situation and see how much of our gear still works before we can say anything about finishing out the rest of the tour. We can’t afford to buy a new trailer at this point. Again, we apologize to our fans. We’ll have an update soon.”

Adds bassist Noah Martin:

“We’re going to try to find a room up the highway in the next small town. Hopefully we won’t have to fight off inbred zombie cannibals… like we need that right now. We are all suuuper pissed that this has happened just as we were getting back on this tour. This sucks a lot of dinosaur dick – and that’s a LOT of meat!”

You can stream the title track off the new ARSIS album, "We Are The Nightmare," on the band's MySpace page.

"We Are The Nightmare" will be available in North America on April 15th, 2008.

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Arsis Mainman Denies Rumours Of A Split

Surprised at the claim posted today on Lambgoat.com (“ARSIS is heavily rumored to have broken up”), founding member/guitarist/ lead vocalist James Malone responds:

"While is it true that we had to leave the EXODUS tour early to take care of some personal business at home, Arsis is NOT breaking up. We will be meeting up with SKELETONWITCH in Dallas this Sunday to resume the headlining portion of our tour. I sincerely apologize to any fans that came to see us in the cities that we were unable to play; I promise that we will make it up to you guys. Our new album, We Are The Nightmare, will be released April 15th through Nuclear Blast Records and we plan to be on tour all throughout the rest of the year. As of today, you can check out the title track from the new album on our MySpace page.”

Produced by Zeuss (AGNOSTIC FRONT, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE) at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts and mastered by Alan Douches (KATAKLYSM, UNEARTH, SHADOWS FALL), the track listing for We Are The Nightmare is as follows: 'We Are The Nightmare', 'Shattering The Spell', 'Sightless Wisdom', 'Servants To The Night', 'Failing Winds Of Hopeless Greed', 'Overthrown', 'Progressive Entrapment', 'A Feast For The Liar’s Tongue', 'My Oath To Madness', 'Failure’s Conquest'

We Are The Nightmare will be released with a bonus 45-minute DVD that includes the band’s time in the studio, off-stage antics, and some general “goofing around”.

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Arsis Reveal "We Are The Nightmare" Artwork

Fresh off the stage in Louisville, Kentucky, ARSIS guitarist and vocalist Jim Malone has this to share about the cover artwork for the band's Nuclear Blast Records debut, "We Are The Nightmare", slated for release in North America on April 15: "I didn't have a working relationship with the Riddick brothers before 2004. I was introduced to them by our first label, Willowtip. When Mark and Mike presented us with our new band logo, we were like, 'Sweeeeet!' I wanted to keep working with them because of their detail and their pen-and-ink approach, not because they're obsessed with corpses and maggots. As far as the new album's artwork, they matched what 'We Are The Nightmare' is about in the sense that my lyrics and music are always very dark, much like their art is. There's something very striking and unique about their drawings, which explains why I own Mark's Killustrations art book and why we chose to use their artwork on our merch. More...

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Arsis Announce Headlining Tour Dates

Virginia's ARSIS will team up with SKELETONWITCH and VEIL OF MAYA for a U.S. tour beginning at the end of the month. The dates are as follows:

Feb. 25 - Karma – Victorville, CA
Feb. 26 - Jerry’s – Bakersfield, CA
Feb. 27 - Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 28 - Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
Feb. 29 - The Rock – Tucson, AZ (w/ WINDS OF PLAGUE)
Mar. 01 - Chic’s Bar & Billiards – El Paso, TX
Mar. 02 - Fat Daddy’s Sound Check – Lewisville, TX
Mar. 03 - Crush Lounge – Tulsa, OK
Mar. 04 - The Blue Goat – Salina, KS (w/ SUICIDE SILENCE, WARBRINGER)
Mar. 06 - Showcase Skatepark – Rogers, MN
Mar. 07 - Warehouse Nightclub – La Crosse, WI
Mar. 08 - Shorewood Legion Hall – Milwaukee, WI
Mar. 09 - Mojoe’s – Tinley Park, IL
Mar. 10 - The Madhatter – Covington, KY
Mar. 11 - Paradox – Huntington, WV
Mar. 12 - The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
Mar. 13 - Steppin’ Out – Virginia Beach, VA
Mar. 15 - Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA More...

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Arsis Announce 'We Are The Nightmare' Release Date

Virginia's ARSIS will release its new album, "We Are The Nightmare", on April 15 via Nuclear Blast Records. Produced by Zeuss (AGNOSTIC FRONT, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE) at Planet Z Studios in Massachussetts and mastered by Alan Douches (KATAKLYSM, UNEARTH, SHADOWS FALL), the CD will feature the following track listing:

01. We Are The Nightmare
02. Shattering The Spell
03. Sightless Wisdom
04. Servants To The Night
05. Failing Winds Of Hopeless Greed
06. Overthrown
07. Progressive Entrapment
08. A Feast For The Liar's Tongue
09. My Oath To Madness
10. Failure's Conquest More...

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The Binary Code Book More Dates

New Jersey technical metallers, The Binary Code, line up the following shows:

1.23.08 w/ Oh Sleeper, Burden of a Day @ Mainstage Pompton Lakes, NJ
2.05.08 Chubby’s w/ bands TBA in Redbank, NJ
2.22.08 Bands TBA in Bath, PA
2.23.08 w/ Oh Sleeper, Life In Your Way @ Mainstage Pompton Lakes, NJ
2.29.08 w/ Bubbles & more @ Mainstage
3.03.08 w/ Beneath the Massacre, Tony Danza, Born of Osiris @ Mainstage
3.11.08 w/ White Chapel, Impending Doom @ Mainstage Pompton Lakes, NJ
3.14.08 w/ A Life Once Lost, Arsis, Skeletonwitch @ Mainstage Pompton Lakes, NJ
4.25.08 w/ Heaven Shall Burn & the Ghost Inside @ Mainstage Pompton Lakes, NJ

For more information check out their Myspace page

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Arsis Demos To Be Released By Negative Existence

On December 28, 2007 Negative Existence will officially release Arsis's demos on a proper format. The album will be entitled "As Guilt Becomes Regret." The disc will contain two demos from 2001and 2002 plus rare bonus tracks and a live video CD-Rom segment.

The music on the disc was recorded between 2001 and 2002 by guitarist/songwriter James Malone and drummer Michael Van Dyne. These demos gained them considerable attention in the underground music scene leading to several tours and landing them with recording contracts from several prospective labels. The two additional tracks found on this release are alternative studio takes never before released. The CD-ROM video segment was recorded April 12, 2003 at Pallette’s Outer Banks (Norfolk, VA).

“As Regret Becomes Guilt” features impressive packaging with a 12 page booklet that was designed by Mark Riddick. The ghastly illustrations and lyrics contained within this unique packaging are printed in black and metallic gold.

The CD can be pre-ordered now from negative-existence.com for $12.00. The ship date is December 28, 2008.

Arsis is known for their unique blend of old school shredding heavy metal and modern gut wrenching death metal. A range of influences from Iron Maiden, Dio, and Alice Cooper to the modern sounds of Carcass, At The Gates and Death can be detected.

Arsis has since released two full length albums and one EP with Willowtip Records, and will soon release another full length on the Nuclear Blast label. Their complete discography is as follows:

Demo 2001 Demo, 2001
Demo 2002 Demo, 2002
A Celebration of Guilt Full-length, 2004
A Diamond for Disease EP, 2005
United in Regret Full-length, 2006
As Regret Becomes Guilt, 2007

Negative Existence was created in 2007 by Alex Cox formerly of Deathgasm Records. The new label is currently working with respected artists Maniac Butcher, Demoncy, and now Arsis.

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The Faceless Release More December Tour Dates

THE FACELESS have added the following string of dates for after their current tour with ENSLAVED:

December 7 - Pompton Lakes, NJ @ Mainstage w/ Unearth, God Forbid
December 8 - Providence, RI @ Living Room w/ Unearth, God Forbid
December 10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The School BCA w/ Arsis
December 11 - Tinley Park, IL @ Mojoes w/ Arsis
December 12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre w/ Arsis
December 13 - Saint Louis, MO @ 2 Cents Plain w/ Arsis
December 14 - Salina, KS @ The Blue Goat w/ Arsis
December 15 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
December 16 - Logan, UT @ Club NVO

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Arsis and Suicide Silence Shoot New Videos

Both ARSIS and SUICIDE SILENCE shot videos this past weekend with David Brodsky (The Red Chord, Gwar, Through The Eyes of the Dead) and his crew from MyGoodEye. ARSIS shot a video for the song “We Are the Nightmare,” which is the title track off their forthcoming Nuclear Blast debut, set to be released in early 2008. SUICIDE SILENCE shot for “Bludgeoned to Death,” off the album “The Cleansing,” now out on Century Media.

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Arsis Complete Work On New Album

Virginia's ARSIS has completed work on its new album, "We Are The Nightmare". Produced by Zeuss (AGNOSTIC FRONT, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE) at Planet Z Studios in Massachussetts and mastered by Alan Douches (KATAKLYSM, UNEARTH, SHADOWS FALL), the CD will feature the following track listing:

01. We Are The Nightmare
02. Shattering The Spell
03. Sightless Wisdom
04. Servants To The Night
05. Failing Winds Of Hopeless Greed
06. Overthrown
07. Progressive Entrapment
08. A Feast For The Liar's Tongue
09. My Oath To Madness
10. Failure's Conquest

An early 2008 release via Nuclear Blast Records is expected.

Commented ARSIS guitarist/vocalist Jim Malone: "I can honestly say that this was the best recording experience that I have had in my years with ARSIS. Not only was Zeuss great to work with, but Ryan [Knight, guitarist], Darren [Cesca, drummer], and Noah [Martin, bassist] all did an outstanding job. We all worked together to create what I feel is the most accomplished ARSIS album to date. It's been a few weeks since we finished recording and I can still listen to the songs; that's a good sign."

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Warbringer Records Debut Album

The buzz surrounding LA thrashers Warbringer is simply astounding following a slew of high-profile shows alongside the legendary Exodus and overwhelmingly positive reactions to the group's self-released EP. Upon signing a worldwide deal with Century Media Records, the quintet entered the studio with acclaimed producer Bill Metoyer, who helped shape legendary albums from the likes of Slayer, D.R.I. and Sacred Reich, among a slew of others.

John Kevill (vocals) states: "So far the recording's gone very well. Everything is now tracked, and mixing is currently in full swing. Everyone's pretty happy with how it's shaping up, and we all feel it's a huge step up for us. Working with Bill has been awesome. It's been very laid back, and we've received a lot of good feedback and input from him. Counting bonus material and everything, we did a total of 14 tracks. The cover art is also looking pretty bad-ass. The whole thing will be done in a couple of weeks, and we can't wait to unleash it upon the masses."

While Warbringer has built a rabid local fan base playing with others in the LA thrash revival scene, they're set to join Exodus, Arsis and Goatwhore on a national tour in January. This tour will be preceded by a number of warm-up dates opening for Suffocation/Immolation and Prong throughout the CA area this month. Having already completed a West Coast tour with Daath, in addition to the several shows with Exodus, these young thrash warriors (4 out of the 5 aren't even of legal drinking age) are prepared to bring their definitive brand of violent combat thrash to audiences nationwide.

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Arsis Finishing Up New Album

Arsis has nearly completed the tracking process for the Nuclear Blast Records debut. The group is currently at Planet Z Recording in Massachusetts recording the effort. Bassist Noah Martin has issued the following update:

"Well, we're nearing the end of our time here at Planet Z studios. The album, to us, so far is a real treat and we hope the same for everyone else. It fuckin' rips from start to finish. James' vocals are raw and catcby. We've pretty delivered with this one.

All we have left are some clean guitar parts and some leads. We'll be done tracking tomorrow, so it'll be ready to mix on Friday. After that, mastering.

We'll also be shooting a video for one of the songs next month. More details on that to follow."

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Arsis Part Ways With Vocalist Mike Parks

Virginia's ARSIS has announced the departure of vocalist Mike Parks, who had been filling in for guitarist/singer James Malone on vocals.

Commented ARSIS bassist Noah Martin: "When James' voice went out a couple tours ago, Mike did us the biggest favor by filling in for as long as he did. I know I speak for everyone in ARSIS when I say we couldn't imagine anyone else doing a better job. However, we felt that with the new album right around the corner, we needed to move on with ARSIS in the ARSIS way — with James back on vocals. We wish him nothing but the best, as we'll always be friends."

ARSIS will enter the studio on September 3 to begin recording the band's third full-length album, "We Are the Nightmare", due in early 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band will hit the road in November with ENSLAVED and in January with EXODUS. More...

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Arsis Reveal New Album Title

Guitarist/vocalist James Malone of Virginia's ARSIS has issued the following update:

"Despite the numerous headaches caused by our van's breakdown this summer, we spent time working on perfecting pre-production for our debut release for Nuclear Blast Records, tentatively titled 'We Are The Nightmare'. We will begin recording the album on September 3, 2007 at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts with Zeuss (who has worked with SHADOWS FALL and HATEBREED) handling the production. I feel that this will be the most exciting ARSIS album to date. We are now a full band and every member has contributed to the writing process for this album. While it is more varied than anything we have ever written, I feel the result is a much more focused product."

ARSIS drummer Darren Cesca added: "This is an album any fan of ARSIS or heavy music in general should get excited about. We've really captured the band's sound and improved it in all aspects. It's dark, melodic, and very technical at times, but we wrote songs you can pump your fists to. I've definitely pushed my drumming very far for this record and I know the rest of the band will be pushing themselves as well. One thing's for sure: this is going to be one fun album to listen to. As soon as we finish recording, we plan on shooting a video for 'We Are the Nightmare' in October, then we’ll be hitting the road with ENSLAVED in November and EXODUS in January. The album should be stores sometime in early 2008 and I am sure more touring will ensue after that. 2008 should be a busy year for us and we're looking forward to it!"

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Exodus, Arsis, Goatwhore, Warbringer Tour Dates

Exodus, Arsis, Goatwhore, and Warbringer will team up for a U.S. tour this winter, starting in 2008, and have released more tour dates. Here are the tour dates:

1/21 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
1/22 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/22 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/23 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
1/24 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
1/25 Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
1/26 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
1/27 Houston, TX @ Meridian
1/29 Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
1/30 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
1/31 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
2/1 Fayetteville, NC @ Jester's Pub
2/2 West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx Nightclub
2/4 New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
2/5 Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
2/6 Reading, PA @ The Silo
2/7 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
2/8 Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
2/9 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
2/10 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
2/11 Huntington, WV @ Huntington Music Hall
2/12 Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
2/13 Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuk's Lounge
2/14 Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
2/15 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
2/16 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
2/17 Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
2/18 Winnipeg, MB, CAN @ Garrick Centre
2/19 Regina, SK, CAN @ Exchange
2/20 Calgary, AL, CAN @ Warehouse
2/22 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
2/23 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
2/24 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's

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Unexpect Announce More Upcoming Shows

Canadian experimental metallers UNEXPECT have lined up the following upcoming North American tour dates:

August 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Metal Bar
September 9 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
September 14 - Oshawa, ON @ Royal Canadian Legion
September 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Sonata Arctica
October 13 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Rock and Shock Festival)
October 14 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
October 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
October 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House w/ After Forever
October 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks w/ After Forever
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft w/ Prong
October 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place w/ Prong
November 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Enslaved, Arsis

The band will also be taking part in the previously announced North American tour featuring TRAIL OF TEARS, CELLADOR, and ECHOES OF ETERNITY. You can check out the dates for that tour online here.

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Arsis Drop Off The Summer Slaughter Tour

Guitarist & vocalist James Malone regretfully explains why ARSIS had to drop off the Revolver Magazine-sponsored Summer Slaughter Tour while supporting their latest release, United In Regret:

"Due to circumstances beyond our control, we've been forced to drop off the Summer Slaughter Tour. I do apologize to ALL the fans that missed seeing us. To make a long story short, everything was going great for us until we reached Sacramento, California. After that show, our van began to give us trouble - which surprised us since the van had just been in for repairs twice before the tour even started and we were sure the problem had been fixed. So we took the van in to the nearest dealership, were told the problem could be resolved in 3 days, and decided to wait in Sacramento until the van was fixed. It's now over 2 WEEKS LATER and the van STILL hasn't been repaired. Unfortunately, it's already too late for us to rent a vehicle. We've gone broke paying for hotels. Van rental fees + the cost of gas would have cost us a fortune to catch up to the tour. Please understand that we made the best decision we could with the information we were given. Unfortunately, it turns out we made the wrong decision."

Offers to assist with lodging, gas card gift donation pledges, and general well-wishes for the band can be left at www.myspace.com/ARSIS

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Exodus, Goatwhore And Arsis To Tour

EXODUS will be teaming up for a North American tour with GOATWHORE, ARSIS, and WARBRINGER early next year. The first dates to be released are as follows:

February 4 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
February 12 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants

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Arsis and Enslaved Gear Up For Tour

Arsis will hit the road with Enslaved, The Faceless and The Agonist late this year, dates include:
November 10th Bedford, NH - Mark's Place
November 11th Montreal, QC - Club Soda
November 12th Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
November 13th Toronto, ON - The Opera House
November 14th Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
November 15th Detroit, MI - I-Rock
November 16th Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
November 17th St. Paul. MN - Station 4
November 20th Portland, OR - Roseland Grill
November 21st Seattle, WA - El Corazon
November 23rd San Francisco, CA - Slim's
November 24th Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
November 25th Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
November 26th Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
November 27th Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
November 28th Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
November 30th San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
December 01st Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
December 02nd Houston, TX - Meridian
December 04th Nashville, TN - The Muse

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