On April 30, Arsis will unleash its newest slab of technical melodic death metal in the form of “Unwelcome“. On April 18, Metalholic connected with founder and frontman James Malone to talk about the new record and the band’s newest members.
The Virginia Beach quartet was spawned at the turn of the millennium by Malone and former drummer Mike Van Dyne. The latter departed the band after the group’s previous album, opening the door for Shawn Priest. Last year guitarist Nick Cordle moved over to Arch Enemy paving the way for Brandon Ellis. The band is rounded out by bassist Noah Martin. “Unwelcome” marks the debut full length for Ellis and Priest, although the two did appear on last year’s special EP, “Leper’s Caress“. The EP made Metalholic’s list of Top Metal EPs for 2012.
The new album, the band’s fifth, is the follow-up to their 2010 release, “Starve for the Devil“. Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, DevilDriver) produced “Unwelcome”. Offered Malone, who handles lead guitar as well as vocals:
“Of all the albums we have done, Unwelcome is an album that I wanted to define the band’s sound. We were all focused for the writing and recording and the end product reflects this. As a band/musician, it’s sometimes difficult to separate yourself from your work and visualize how others are going to interpret your work. In other words, it’s sometimes hard to know whether or not your ideas are relevant to anyone but yourself. With ‘Unwelcome’, we certainly put all of our everything into the writing and recording and stopped paying attention to what’s trendy or what we think might appeal to a larger audience. In doing so, I feel we have created one of the most sincere Arsis albums and perhaps one of the most relevant.”
The band recently wrapped filming for the video “Scornstar”. Malone called it messy and intense. He and Arsis will hit the road in May with Krisiun and support from Starkill or Autmun’s End (dependent on date). You can listen to our full interview with Jim below and discover why he’s so “Unwelcome“. Pick up your copy of the new album on Nuclear Blast Records next Tuesday.