Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal masters, ARSIS, started tracking drums for their fifth full-length release on June 7th with new drummer/longtime session member, Shawn Priest. The album is being tracked at Audiohammer Studios in FL with producer Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER). The follow up to their 2010 release Starve For The Devil is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2012 release via Nuclear Blast.
“I am so pleased with the way this album is coming together,” commented founding guitarist and vocalist James Malone. “I know we all have put ourselves into this recording and I am sure this will be reflected in the end product. Noah and I did more pre-production for the album than any other ARSIS recording, Now, I just have to remember all the parts I tracked for the demos.”
Bassist Noah Martin added: “Shawn‘s in the thick of tracking drums right now. We lost a little bit of time because of a tropical storm but wasn’t too detracting. The album art is in the works as well as attaining the rights for the bonus track. If all goes as planned we’ll have an seriously-fucking-filthy album to show for the past few months of effort.”
Shawn Priest continued: “Seven songs down, and four to go. The drums sound amazing raw, so I can’t even imagine how they will sound after Mark impregnates them with his producer juice.”
Formed in 2000 by Berklee prodigies James Malone and Mike Van Dyne, ARSIS has grown a strong and steady following for their unique intellectual brand of melodic death metal through various lineup changes. Recently, ARSIS guitarist Nick Cordle was tapped to replace Christopher Amott in the Swedish supergroup, ARCH ENEMY.
Starve For The Devil was released in North America on February 9th and debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
The video clip for the ARSIS song “Forced To Rock” can be viewed on YouTube.