Guitarist/vocalist Jim Malone of Virginia-based melodic tech death metallers ARSIS will be forced to sit out the band’s “Frets Of Fury” tour with FIREWIND, WHITE WIZARD and NIGHTRAGE in October.
Commented Malone: “Due to professional and personal commitments I am unable to tour with ARSIS at this time. For the upcoming tour with FIREWIND, rather than drop off the tour entirely, we’ve decided to hire live musicians, some of whom have long been associated with my band. I have given Nick and Noah my blessing and am certain the lineup will be great.
“My sincerest apologies to anyone who is annoyed or disappointed by my absence. Please go and support ARSIS and check out some of our new songs, which they will be playing every night!”
A video statement from guitarist Nick Cordle that includes clips of pre-production demos of brand new songs can be seen below.
ARSIS‘ latest album, “Starve For The Devil”, sold 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 13 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
“Starve For The Devil” was released in North America on February 9, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, Massachusetts with producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris, who has previously worked with MUNICIPAL WASTE, AGNOSTIC FRONT and HATEBREED, among others.