Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal masters ARSIS have issued the following update:
"We will be having our first ever in-store appearance on December 2nd at Fantasy (10117 Jefferson Ave. Newport News, VA. 23605). The 'in store' appearance is FREE and will include a performance (this word is used loosely since it will actually be our first rehearsal for our upcoming tour), listening party (new Arsis jank), meet and greet etc… Mark your calendars, 12/2/2012, things will get crazy around 2pm."
Arsis recently announced Brandon Ellis as their new guitarist. Brandon has toured with the band in the past but will finally make his recording debut with the band’s upcoming full-length release. Brandon replaces guitarist Nick Cordle who was recently tapped to replace Christopher Amott in Swedish supergroup, ARCH ENEMY.
“I am super happy to say that Brandon Ellis has recently become the new lead guitarist for Arsis,” commented vocalist/guitarist Jim Malone. “Not only is he one of the best musicians that I have been able to work with, but he shares my passion for all things that are 80's metal, including ridiculously tacky paint jobs on guitars. I am beyond excited about writing new material with Brandon. Until then, listen for his shredilicious leads on the upcoming Arsis full length. Come check him out live with Arsis this December!”
"Initially when Nick joined Arch Enemy, we all thought we could make it work with him having the time for both bands,” continued bassist Noah Martin. “Things unfortunately overlapped and we weren't able to work on the new album with him. We appreciate everything he's done for Arsis. We'll miss our friend greatly and do wish him all the best. Both Nick and Ryan Knight (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER), contributed ridiculous leads for the album.
Brandon's solos on this full-length are both crushing and particularly creative. His presence, along with Shawn's (Priest – drums), were integral to the tone of this album. We're in the post-production stage, now that the masters were just finished. In the meantime, come have beers with us on the SONATA ARCTICA run!"
Check out a quick example of Brandon’s playing below:
Arsis recently wrapped of the recording sessions for their fifth full-length release. The album was tracked at Audiohammer Studios in FL with producer Mark Lewis (DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER). The follow up to their 2010 release Starve For The Devil is tentatively scheduled for a first quarter of 2013 release via Nuclear Blast. The album will also debut new drummer/longtime session member, Shawn Priest.
James Malone – guitars/vocals
Noah Martin – bass
Shawn Priest – drums
Brandon Ellis - guitar
More on Arsis here.