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Arsis is an American metal band from Virginia Beach, 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 technical death metal. The band is currently signed to Nuclear Blast.
"Arsis" is also a musical term used to refer to the upbeat or unaccented part of a measure.


The band's main composer, singer/songwriter James Malone, did all the guitar, vocals, and bass work on every studio album. His main influences include King Diamond, Iron Maiden, At the Gates, Morbid Angel, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir and Dissection.
Mike Van Dyne quit Arsis in early 2007 to further his education; it has been confirmed that he will not be playing live with the band again.
Noah Martin did in fact play bass on the album, United in Regret.
On August 30th 2007, Noah Martin posted a message on the bands myspace saying:
"Unfortunately, we have decided to part ways with Mike Parks.
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 heads into the studio September 3rd, to begin recording 'We Are The Nightmare,' our third full length album, to be released on Nuclear Blast International. Watch out for us on the road in November with Enslaved and January with Exodus. Check our myspace for dates!
Cheers, Noah/Arsis"


While Arsis can be described as technical death metal and melodic death metal, their music also contains a notable black metal influence, especially in James Malone's vocal style.


  • James Malone - guitar, vocals
  • Noah Martin - bass
  • Ryan Knight - guitar (The Knife Trade)
  • Alex Tomlin - drums

Former and session members

  • "Fast" Chris Jones - guitar
  • Jake Ososkie - guitar
  • Justin Shaw (The Day of the Beast) - bass
  • Johnny Allen (Liquid Filth, Eternal Black) - live rhythm guitar
  • Alex Cox - live bass
  • Mike Van Dyne (Crimson Mask) - drums
  • Darren Cesca - drums
  • Mike Parks - Live vocals
  • Kathy Burke - guitar on 2001 demo
  • Scot Seguine - bass on 2001 demo
  • Mike Mullen - live bass 2003
  • John Fralick (Darkness Remains) - live rhythm guitar 2006



arsis in Italian: Arsis
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