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5.0 out of 5 stars thinking mans death metal, 7 April 2008
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Hedon (Eternal Night) - See all my reviews
This review is from: A Celebration Of Guilt (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. The only band that really comes to mind as a comparison is Darkane (esp Rusted Angel), only much faster and more technical and without any melodic vocals.

if there's any criticisms i could give of it's that the vocals, while definitly not bad in any sense, are quite generic of the genre. it would have been nice to hear someone like Jeff Walker, who has a very distinctive voice, on this one, but James is stil a great vocalist and taking into account that live he sings and plays leads at the same time, i can't really complain

Many bands either fall into the trap of of sacrificing complexity and diversity for all out brutality, while others take technicallity to the level of indulgence and self gratification. Arsis managed to walk the tight-rope between these two extremes to create a sound that is at once original, interesting and musically complex yet intense, aggressive and exhilarating at the same time. While this is still their debut and not perfect yet, they have suceeded in creating a wonderful record of 'thinking man's death metal' and i find it hard to give this anything less then 5. if you've got any sort of passion for extreme music or are looking for a reason to cultivate one look no further then Arsis. I'd also recommend picking up their stellar EP Diamond for Disease and the follow up cd United in Regret
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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
This review is from: A Celebration Of Guilt (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 second.as 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 7 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: A Celebration Of Guilt (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars wow!, 5 Feb. 2007
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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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