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Yorktown, Virginia Beach VA, United States (2000 – present)

Arsis is an American band from Yorktown, Virginia, formed in 2000. Although remaining as heavy as traditional death metal bands, they also possess complex riffs and solos that are similar to those found in both melodic and . The band is currently signed to Nuclear Blast.

Arsis was started by James Malone and 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, signed to Willowtip Records in 2003, and released two full-length albums and an EP from 2004 to 2006. During this time, Arsis performed on their first national tours alongside Misery Index, Incantation, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Alarum, Dead To Fall, Misery Signals, The Faceless, All Shall Perish, Napalm Death and A Life Once Lost.

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”. He has cited King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Racer X, Iron Maiden, Emperor, Queensrÿche, Death, Dimmu Borgir and Dissection as being influential to him.

Mike Van Dyne performed drums on all of Arsis’ releases/tours up until early 2007, when he temporarily departed to complete his degree in the medical field. During his hiatus from Arsis, Van Dyne performed briefly with the outfit Crimson Mask. In 2008, they released a 2-song digital single and performed shows in upstate N.Y.


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  • GodofDeathMetal

    I hope 2015 is a good year for Arsis!

    17 Jan 5:20pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Arsis almost has 3,000,000 scrobbles!

    1 Oct 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    It's great. I find it highly amusing and entertaining to read.

    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    i know =D

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    lel Hong Kong Phooey, internet super guy! :P It's funny how people flip out over the music you listen to and what you jot down in shoutboxes.

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    listen to Horrendous

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
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  • GodofDeathMetal

    They're all masterpieces to me! :D

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • vonGrav

    their whole disco is good, but Celebration is their one actual "masterpiece".

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Extremely amazing tech. DM!

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ossum

    i agree with version on all his comments, i have been listening to arsis for years and unwelcome is the first album i am really quite indifferent about. starve for the devil was great but i dunno about this one. i will keep listening to it but its just not doing it for me like the others. lepers caress ep was great doe.

    17 Feb 2014 Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    Your attempt at trolling does nothing but reflect a kid who hasn't came out of the closet yet.

    23 Jan 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    lol i have a new admirer from the arsis shoutbox. hey baby :x i love it when people care about me so much that they complain indirectly to boost up their public profile <3 let's keep our love affair to pms, ok hon?

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    I see this versionfiv kid saying dumbass shit on seemingly every bands shoutbox.

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    it's muddy and immemorable to me except for handbook for the recently deceased and even that one feels deliberately arranged and soulless - like something you'd want to hear when you're drunk as hell. unwelcome was the first arsis album I've been indifferent / borderline negative about. I even loved the last one, starve for the devil!

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Agree that "its just plain ridiculous for people to be claiming that A Celebration of Guilt is their only good album". The new album is a clear step up from their mid-period, and now they've incorporated the rock (without it being too 'forced' this time) and they're better than ever.

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TheDragon6

    a diamond for disease > *

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Jekku666

    This band is so fucking amazing. Stellar musicianship, without the least bit wanky - great sense and use of melodies, while still maintaining themselves really heavy - great riffs complimented with the brilliant leads. Best bandfind in oh, so many years.

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • versionfiv

    if you are implying that i said that a celebration of guilt is their only good album, please re-read my comment because i said no such thing. reading comprehension is your friend.

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TheBlueLotus

    New album is awesome, its just plain ridiculous for people to be claiming that A Celebration of Guilt is their only good album, Arsis are still on the rise!

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
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