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A Celebration Of Guilt [Import]

Arsis Audio CD
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Brought together through a mutual respect for KING DIAMOND and formed during Christmas vacation in Boston in 2000 by Berklee College of Music students James Malone (an already skilled violinist and a composition major) and double-bass connoisseur Michael VanDyne (a drum performance major and rumored octopus), the duo recorded a 3-song demo in 2001 and a 5-song demo in 2002 simply to ... Read more in Amazon's Arsis Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Willowtip
  • ASIN: B0001GWAHY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 670,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have album 22 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was recommended this album by a friend of mine and was told it was good so i decided to get a copy myself!This album has not left my cd player or my computers winamp since then. This album is fantasic the sounds are brutal and real hradcore and i was amazed to find out that they are from virginia USA not from the usual scandanavian countries where you usually find such high class melodic death metal.A new album is being formulated as i write this and i recommend you buy this one before the realise of the soon as you buy this one you will be much anticpating the next as i am. This is a great album and you should own it:)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thinking mans death metal 7 April 2008
By Hedon
Format:Audio CD
As soon as the titanic opener 'Face of My Innocenece' tears clawing and screaming out of your speakers and you realise that stratospheric finger tapping and dizzying sweep picking in the verse is more technical then other bands solos, you'll realise that we're onto something very special with Arsis.

The product of just two men, vocalist, songwriter and guitar virtuoso James Malone and inhuman drumming machine Darren Cesca, Arsis are America's apology for all the plagerizing and lame Gothenburg-wannabe metalcore bands. Somewhere between the infectious riffage of Carcass, the guitar histrionics of legends such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, the collosal drumming of Cryptopsy, the evilness of the florida death metal scene and the intensity of the likes of Suffocation, Skinless and Morbid Angel we find the black hearted metal beast that is A Celebration of Guilt. The band has managed to masterfully weave the evilness of death metal with worrying technicallity but still keep everything kinda catchy and with a good sense of melody that doesn't compromise the overall face melting blast of the sound. thankfully, they have the songwriting skills to control the chaos of their extremly skilled abilities and blast them out in complex yet controlled songs. I really love Darren Cesca's drumming, especially on 'The Sadist motives of Berevement Letters'. This guy can blast beat in his sleep by the sounds of things. I'd go through this track by track, but they're all so damn good there's not much point

I guess its pretty safe to call this melodic death metal, as it is death metal and it is melodic, but this band sound like NOTHING you've ever heard from other bands of this genre, and is probably too extreme for fans of In Flames and the like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 7 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this as a present - the recipient loved it and so do I. Has already been listened to a great many times.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! 5 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
if u like metal you will like this album... the vocals are ear bleedingly good, the music is even better they play with blistering speed and the songs will stay in your head all day i listened to this album for a month straight when i first heard it! you wont be disappointed!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At the Gates on speed 12 Jun 2004
By Tom Z - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I would have never in a million years expected a traditional melodic death revival to come from two guys from Virginia, but it has. While influnenced by bands such as At the Gates, they don't rip them off. Arsis is much faster and more aggresive than anything by At the Gates. The vocalist/bass/guitar player sounds a little bit like Tomas Lindberg and the drummer is one of the best and fastest I've ever heard. If Amazon had half star rating this would probably get a 4.5 since there are a few downsides. Obviously, two people aren't going to come up with as diverse of material as 4 or 5 and as a result the songs sound somewhat similar and the production leaves something to be desired. Other than that this is a killer album. Props to Arsis and Insomnium for staying true.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and where it stops, nobody knows! 24 Sep 2005
By Nicholas Adam Chupka - Published on
Format:Audio CD
A Celebration of Guilt

You open the CD case, and see a black and white photo of two guys.


Yet the death metal these two lay down puts most of the overly-melodic scene to shame. This duo plays straight up death with scorching riffs, relentless pounding rhythms, and refreshing songwriting. Despite the lack in numbers, these two have released an album that is lush and enveloping in sound.

The rollercoaster tracks seemlessly wind between explosive death/thrash themes and slow churners which grind like a wheel of absolute carnage. What attracts me most to Arsis is their ability to compose progressions with multiple distinct parts, which all feed off one another and propel the energy to a boiling point.

Underlying the album is an astonishing display of musical ability. On a spectrum of metal polarized by label-mates Necrophagist, and melodic heavyweights Arch Enemy, Arsis would fall not too far from the middle. Not a bad place to be at all. I have heard samples from the upcoming EP, which includes a 13-15 minute track which was originally written for a ballet!?!? Whatever, the sample I heard from this track indicates that we are yet to hear the best from this eventually legendary band. And though it seems these guys have yet to reach their potential, that is in no way a suggestion to wait. If Arsis continues to improve, they will only build on what is already a monumental "Celebration of Guilt".
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this sucker now. 12 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on
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Do we really need any more melodic death metal bands? That's what I thought before this album arrived in my mailbox. As a lot of the more notable melodic death metal bands have been moving more towards a less is more approach when it comes to heaviness, I kept losing interest in that scene. But if A Celebration of Guilt is any indication of the direction of where those bands are headed, melodic death metal might once again be my favorite style of music. While this is a band from Virginia, the traditional metalcore influences that you might expect from an American melodic death band have been replaced with black, thrash and brutal death metal making them sound like they are straight from Gothenburg. The reason this album is so fantastic is because Arsis takes a jump back ten years ago when the Gothenburg scene was growing and stayed focused on being brutal while creating melody. Differing from most current melodic death metal, A Celebration of Guilt almost never slows the tempo down, never uses an acoustic sound, and has no clean singing. Even so, the melody on this album is beautiful and complete. The brutality of the style is revived on this album due to heavy drums and harsh vocals. Michael Van Dyne keeps the tempo fast and refuses to falling into drum rhythms that are even close to radio friendly. Even so, the drumming is still complex and full of fills that forces the guitars to keep complex and creative, instead of being a constant double bass that becomes monotonous and boring. James Malone chooses not to sing a single note. His vocals are constantly harsh and bitter sounding similar to the vocal style of At the Gates or early Dark Tranquility or In Flames. While this is one of the most aggressive melodic death metal albums of recent years, Malone is still able to come up with creative and innovative (its been long overdue) riffs and melodies that highlight this band as one to keep an eye on. There is so much diversity to the guitar writing that it is difficult to explain. The best way to put it is that one riff will make you feel unadulterated hate, only to be followed by a harmony that brings hope and excitement. While Willowtip has had mild success with their earlier bands, A Celebration of Guilt is such a remarkable album that Arsis may be the band to put this label on the map. This is the album that has set the melodic death metal standard for the year and has raised the bar for all bands to come. Rating: 9.5/10
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New kings of death metal?? 10 Dec 2005
By Destroy Boy - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Where the hell did these guys come from? This record comes blasting out of the gates with the

most technically proficient and mind numbingly complex death metal I've ever laid ears on and

never lets up for the entire rest of the album. Overall it reminds me heavily of genre defining

Death with the all over the map guitar work punctuated with tons of classic guitar screams and

solos backed by speed of light drumming but the songwriting here is even more complex, if that

were possible. It's also a bit more melodic than Death as you can hear nods to the more melodic

European death metal bands sprinkled throughout but don't let that fool you. Pound for

pound this stuff is more ferocious than anything I've ever heard in this genre.

The only thing I can see turning some people off is the endless tempo/riff changes. You're literally

dizzy at the end of each song trying to follow where these guys are going. There's probably a

dozen or more differently paced/distinctive riffs piled into each song so if you're looking for the

standard verse/chorus approach you won't find it here. To me that's what makes this the best

death metal band out there but it is tough to listen to this sucker from start to finish without feeling

some sort of motion sickness. Just trying to keep up with the drummer is mind boggling in itself.

The other area they may take a knock in is the vocals. They're not quite as throat ripping as late

period Chuck but they're certainly on par with the majority of the bands in this genre. So to me

they're not a plus but not a negative either.

The craziest part of it all is that this band only has two guys. One guy does vocals, guitar and

bass and the other plays drums. To think that they can come along and on their debut album

blow away almost twenty years of prior death metal bands in one fell swoop is pretty amazing. If

these guys stick around and put out a few more albums of this caliber it's virtually assured they

will go down as the reigning kings of death metal.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Celebration Alright!!! 13 Dec 2005
By Sunshine the Werewolf - Published on
Format:Audio CD
ARSIS - A Celebration of Guilt
I had read reviews saying this is par, if not better, then the older works of bands like In Flames, At the Gates or Dark Tranquillity!!! As you should know this is a bold claim.
Added to my doubt was the fact that this was the brainchild of two Americans... Yep TWO Americans... Yep AMERICANS. And they aren't exactly known for being original when it comes to the Swedish Melo-Death sound.
"Nicholas Adam Chupka" (A reviewer which I seem to be akin with their tastes) gave this a very positive review... Not to mention all the other 4-5 Stars reviews... Anyway enough explanation - here is the review:
---From the opening passage of "Face of my Innocence" until the closer "Wholly Night" my Ears were held hostage by, what is quite possibly, my new favorite Death/Melodic Band. Looking at this from a musicianship standpoint it is damn near impossible to pick out any flaws... The Guitar work is beautifully crafted... The Drumming flows perfectly and the bass holds everything together. Vocally it is in vein of traditional venomous Swedish acts such as older In Flames or ATG. But not for one second does his voice come across as "forced." These 2 musicians have great chemistry listen to Track #5 (Worship Depraved) at the 2:00 mark onwards... Just freaking incredible!!!
The only downside might be the lack of variation... Basically, every song kicks and equal amount of ass. Upon a start to finish listen it may grow slightly tiresome. (However one listen to the A Diamond for a Disease EP and you will quickly realize they have over come their only flaw.)
Favorite Songs: Face of my Innocence, Worship Depraved, and The Sadistic Motives Behind Bereavement Letters.
-4.5 Stars.

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