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Sepultura, Destruction, Arsis, Starkill & Headcrusher Concert Review, Austin, TX, June 10, 2015

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posteruseEarly shows on weeknights.  I love ’em.  Last night’s show was done by 10:30 and that was sweet.

To be honest, I was most excited about last night’s show to see Arsis again.  They’re one of my favorites.

Prior to the show I got to meet Sepultura who were really cool.  Got Paolo and Andreas in The Book.  I’ve got no problem saying that if Beneath the Remains was the only album that they ever recorded, they could have been my favorite thrash band ever.   But…

Headcrusher was the local support (originally from Bogota, Colombia) for the show and they played a tight energetic set on a hot stage going on right around 5:25.  They crushed it to an unfortunately small crowd.  Always a pleasure seeing them, even if I’m not the biggest death metal fan.

Chicago’s melodic death metal band, Starkill, was up next and to be honest, I couldn’t care.  I had listened to a few tracks earlier in the day and they just didn’t catch my ear.  They were pretty sloppy, too.  Maybe the heat was too much.  Don’t know.  Can’t care.

Arsis came on next and did what they do best…SHRED.  They played an intense 7 song set opening with Handbook for the Recently Deceased from their latest album, Unwelcome.  Not only do I like their riffs, I really dig the lyrics.  Malone writes some pretty cool stuff that goes outside of the “hey look, we love satan” type lyrics in a lot of death metal.  Great show, but always too short for my tastes.

Destruction came on next and hit the growing crowd right in the face with Curse the Gods.  They were tight but I could tell they were dying from the heat up there.  I missed the middle part of their set as I went to the bar next door to sit down for a few minutes.  My foot has been bothering me lately as well as my back (getting old!) and I needed a place to sit down for a little bit as Empire Garage doesn’t have seats anywhere.  When I came back I caught The Butcher Strikes Back and Bestial Invasion.  Shortly after their set, their tour manager invited me and 2 other guys onto their bus to hang out.  Schmier and  Mike were very welcoming guys.  Schmier had made a comment from the stage about the Germany/USA soccer match from earlier in the day and I commiserated with him about it.  We then got into a great discussion about Thin Lizzy.  Mike is a huge fan.  Good dudes.  They also signed The Book!  Seriously two of the nicest guys, along with their drummer, that I have ever met.

When I left the bus, Sepultura was already on stage.  The crowd had filled in quite a bit.  They sounded super tight, but I just couldn’t invest much time into them last night.  They weren’t playing anything that I really cared to hear, so I went home.

Arsis!  :)

Arsis – Lepers Caress Review

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ARSIS-Lepers-Caress-604x604Arsis have returned from a short break and released a new EP entitled Lepers Caress via SCION A/V.  The album returns to a little more of a brutal sound when compared to Starve For The Devil.  Starve received mixed reviews from the Arsis fan base but I thought it was excellent albeit a little more lighthearted than their previous releases.  This album reminds me a little more of 2008’s United in Regret.  This EP is apparently a preview for the upcoming full length release called Unwelcome.

Lepers Caress is killer comes with my highest recommendation, especially if you’re already an Arsis fan.  While the whole thing is killer, Six Coffins Wide, Carve My Cross and Denied are my favorites.

You can download the EP for free from here.

10/10

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December 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Arsis – Choking on Sand

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Arsis has some new material in the works.  I can never get enough of this band.

Click here to listen.

Beautifully heavy.

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March 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm

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Arsis, Misery Index, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse and Bang Tango(?) Concert Review 051110

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So last night I went to a big death metal show that had bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Misery Index, Skeleton Witch, Dying Fetus and one of my faves, Arsis!  As stated here too many times now, I am a huge Arsis fan and you can read about that stuff here.  I got to the show early hoping to see the Arsis guys hanging out on the street but no dice.  I know the door guy at the show and he let me in before everyone else to see if they were hanging out.  I poked around the venue and again, no dice.  No biggie.  I was talking to the dudes from Misery Index when Corpsegrinder from Cannibal Corpse comes up and says, “Are you part of the Cannibal Corpse meet and greet?”  “No way, man” I responded.  He looked a little disgruntled and walked away.  I didn’t realize who he was until about a minute after that exchange.  haha.  Whatever.  I am not a CC fan in the least.  Saw them about 10 years ago in Richmond, VA and they were the most boring band I had ever seen.

After leaving shortly thereafter to get a decent beer up the street I returned back to the club and starting seeing some good friends and hung out with them for a while.  This venue has an indoor and outdoor section and they bands were alternating time slots with some overlap.  We hung out in the other outdoor area during most of the other opening bands as they, to me, were all pretty forgettable.  I really was only there to see Arsis, and to a lesser degree Dying Fetus and Skeleton Witch.  I’d seen Dying Fetus 2 other times and I like their technical proficiency but I’d never buy their albums.  Skeleton Witch I’d love to see but they were playing at about the same time Arsis was.

So I’m standing there watching Misery Index and James “Jim” Malone from Arsis comes in.  I had seen him in about 5

Misery Index

years and tapped him on his shoulder.  It took him a second then he realized that he knew me.  We chatted for a minute during Misery Index but he needed to go get some of his gear as they were going on pretty soon.

The crowd thinned out pretty quickly after Misery Index and many of them went to the other side to see Skeleton Witch.   I hung out and staked my claim near the stage.  Arsis hit the stage after some prerecorded scene from a movie or something.  They opened with Return and went straight into Forced To Rock from the new album.  Unfortunately their bass player had just quit a few nights before and they were waiting on one of their previous ones to arrive to finish the tour.  Pity.  I was a little disappointed that Mike Van Dyne wasn’t doing the tour either.  He did the drums on the older albums and the newest one and he’s awesome.  A great guy too.  The guy they were using for touring was pretty fucking good, so playing-wise it was pretty seamless.

Arsis ripped through their set and Jim did a good job of getting the crowd involved.  There were a few hundred people

Arsis

in there to see them, which was cool.  I think they gained some new fans, for sure.

After they finished their set, Malone loaded his gear back on the bus and found me in the outside area talking to some friends.  That’s when the drinking began.  haha.  Laura started buying vodka/redbulls and that’s what we stuck with the the rest of night.  I introduced Jim to some of my friends and everyone was very complimentary about the band’s performance.  Someone mentioned that Bang Tango was playing the venue next door and Jim lit up and said, “Dude, we have to go to that.  I love that band!”  I told him we could go and I’d likely be able to get us in.  I did.  Ran into a few friends at that show and then Bang Tango started.

I’m not a fan and couldn’t name one song they ever did.  The band was very tight and his vocals were alright.  I had

Jim Malone (Arsis) enjoying some Bang Tango.

nothing to compare them to as far as how he sounded 20 years ago.  I did like one of his other projects, Beautiful Creatures.  The debut CD by them was listenable.  We pretty much stayed for their whole set.  It made me giggle a bit to see the sweaty death metal dude singing along to Bang Tango!

Personally, I wasn’t really enjoying the band, but I was having fun hanging out with an old friend.  Definitely made everything alright for the night.

After a few more drinks and the end of Bang Tango’s set, we went back to Emo’s to hang out.  Cannibal Corpse was on stage and they were just as boring as I could remember them being.  They had a huge crowd there, which is great.  Austin is getting a lot of metal shows these days.  We hung out until the end of their set and I had to get home, I had been up since 545AM that day and it was already 1AM.

I never saw any of Dying Fetus’ set, but I could hear them.  Meh.  No biggie.

We said our goodbyes and that was that.  I was very happy to see the band finally play Austin and even happier to get to hang out with Malone after such a long time.  Cool dude.  Great musician…very underrated as a guitarist in my opinion.  I remember their early days seeing shows and telling them that I thought they would get signed to a major label.  After their deal with Willowtip passed, I was very excited when they got signed to Nuclear Blast.  Well-deserved.  Those dudes worked hard to perfect their craft.

Arsis setlist:

  1. Return/Forced To Rock
  2. March For The Sick
  3. Diamond For Disease
  4. Escape Artist
  5. We Are The Nightmare
  6. Sightless Wisdom
  7. The Sadistic Motives Behind Bereavement Letters
  8. The Promise Of Never
  9. The Face Of My Innocence

Bang Tango

"Reunited and it feels so good."

Arsis – Forced to Rock video

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This is hilarious.  Way to poke fun at a lot of stuff.

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January 23, 2010 at 11:28 am

Arsis – Starve For The Devil (2010) – Pre-Release Review

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As much as I hate to admit it, I illegally downloaded the new Arsis from a file sharing site today.  I really don’t like doing that but this is one time that I couldn’t control myself.  In my own defense (not that there is one), I pre-ordered both versions of the new one.  OK, I’m a thief.  Call Lars Ulrich!

Anyway…I am a fanboy of certain bands and Arsis is certainly one of them.  Sucks that I haven’t seen them play since like 2005 or 2006.  WTF?  I don’t need to go back into my history with the band, it slathered through this site.

But you’re here to read my review.  Let me start with welcoming back Mike Van Dyne on the drums.  Nice work, man.  We Are the Nightmare (WATN) was my #1 album of 2008 and this album is different, but not in a bad way.  The production isn’t quite as thick as the last album meaning that the drum production isn’t over the top like on the last one.  I didn’t mind it at all but I like how this sounds.  And it has Van Dyne written all over it.

Overall the songs don’t seem as over the top as WATN but it’s kicking my ass.  This is the album I expected.  The solos and riffs are all there.  I’m only through one and a half listens but this is great.

If you’ve liked any or all of the other Arsis albums, you will not be disappointed, I promise.

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January 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Arsis – Forced To Rock (new track from Starve For The Devil)

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Arsis posted another song from their upcoming album Starve For the Devil called Forced To Rock.

Says frontman Jim Malone:  “How can I better the world? This is the question that I asked myself when writing ‘Forced To Rock’. I eventually came to the conclusion that the death metal world needed an anthem. Sure, it may not be the cure for cancer, but it is fun and fun is something that I feel is lacking in a lot of the music out there today. It’s music, it’s not saving lives; there is no reason to be serious 100% of the time. Tongue in cheek or foot in mouth; I am probably not the proper authority to comment on the matter.”

Cool song and definitely on the lighter side lyrically.  Can’t wait to hear the whole thing.

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December 31, 2009 at 4:08 pm