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Arsis A Diamond For Disease

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1. A Diamond For Disease AUDIO CLIP 2. Roses On White Lace (Alice Cooper) 3. The Promise Of Never
2005 Willowtip Records
Our score 8

by Cory
11/18/2005

For some bands and labels, EPs are just a way to make a few bucks while a band is between records. In fact, very few bands really seem to take advantage of the possibilities these short-form releases can offer. On Arsis' A Diamond For Disease, the band uses the twenty minutes effectively, creating a focused collection of songs with a series of common threads running through them. All of this is centered on the disc's epic title track, a thirteen-minute piece of melodic death metal at its best. For anyone who has heard this disc, the obvious conversation piece is the disc's lengthy opener, on which Arsis crafts a series of fine hooks to underscore its technically flawless brand of death metal. The song's main riffs generally hint at a power metal influence and the frequent lead guitar runs prove that influence beyond a shadow of a doubt. Unlike many other bands that have tried to blend the grinding brutality of death metal with the triumphant glory of power metal though, Arsis never let the latter run rampant on the song, instead weaving it under the blast-beats and chugging rhythm section. If this disc contained nothing but this song, it would already have impressed me, but the disc's second half was just as exciting, albeit not quite as mind-blowing. The second track on A Diamond For Disease is a cover of Alice Cooper's late 80's gem "Roses On White Lace." This thrashy rocker really stands out among his later catalog and Arsis make it their own while remaining respectful to the original. Listening to the two side by side, it's actually a bit surprising how little they actually had to change the song to make it a convincing modern metal tune. While I can't decide if I'm more impressed with the song itself or the band's ability to pick out such a strong tune from Cooper's 1980's material, the fact remains that this song rocks just as hard as the rest of the EP. While it may seem blasé to include a seemingly random cover on an EP, "The Promise Of Never" plays out as a reprise of sorts, combining lyrical and musical themes from the two previous songs into a closer that ties the disc together, sealing the three tracks into one completely developed musical concept. Many bands of this sort can't even accomplish this within one song, let alone an entire release. As a whole album, they might not have been able to pull it off as neatly, but as an EP, A Diamond For Disease stands out as a legitimately worthwhile release rather than a collection of throwaways and underdeveloped songs. Bottom Line: I generally have a hard time getting terribly excited about an EP, but Arsis' A Diamond For Disease is cause for celebration. Great songwriting, thoughtful arrangement and spot-on performance make this disc an essential listen despite its relative brevity. Arsis' blend of technical ability, heaviness and incredibly catchy hooks has earned them a spot in the hearts of musicians, critics and fans alike and this EP proves that they deserve it.

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radaroreilly_ 11/18/2005 9:30:55 PM

first post


Brandon Debes_ 11/18/2005 9:37:49 PM

I'm surprised Cory didn't mention the fact that the title track no this album was written to be performed as ballet accompanyment in a NYC opera house this coming January. That oughta be something to see. Check out the band's site worshipdepraved.com for more details on this amazing crossover concept. But yeah, I agree with Cory that this is one of the most worthwhile EPs in recent memory.


din_ 11/18/2005 9:45:31 PM

i predict 47 comments by sunday night


ugly old guy_ 11/18/2005 9:58:54 PM

4th post


anonymous 11/18/2005 9:59:15 PM

PEJA


anonymous 11/18/2005 9:59:34 PM

people for the ethical jokcing of arsis


jefferson_ 11/18/2005 10:07:48 PM

Unlike many other bands that have tried to blend the grinding br00tality of death metal with the triumphant glory of pow4r metal though, Arsis never let the latter run rampant on the song, instead weaving it under the blast-beats and chugging rhythm section.


ChemicallyImbalancedSloth_ 11/18/2005 11:41:49 PM

awesome EP.


ChemicallyimbalancedSloth_ 11/18/2005 11:42:22 PM

Awesome EP. Love this band.


cryptic_slaughter_ 11/19/2005 12:17:15 AM

"Bottom Line: I generally have a hard time getting terribly excited about an EP, but Arsis' A Diamond For Disease is cause for celebration." OF GUILT? ZING Arsis slays, jim malone - best guitarist in world ????


metalmetalmetal_ 11/19/2005 2:51:01 AM

Short (obviously), but it's good. It sounds like what Arch Enemy should still sound like. Buh-zing! Take that Michael Amott! I love your solos, Mikey, but the songs need work.


Strongarm_ 11/19/2005 4:49:12 AM

WOW! After hearing "A Celebration of Guilt", I didn't think anything else could come even near as impressive. They have lived up to that debut masterpiece and in some respects, have outdone themselves. These guys truly deserve much more recognition and should be regarded as one of of the most important metal bands of our time. Amazing musician that only Necrophagist can be compared to.


Strongarm_ 11/19/2005 4:50:33 AM

...musicianship, sorry.


bloodfeastislandman_ 11/19/2005 9:30:51 AM

Incredible EP


darkeXhorror_ 11/19/2005 11:54:52 AM

one of the best bands in metal. looking forward to getting this. dahlia murder wish they had these skills! hell, this band even breaks down better than most tough guy bands.


peter_ 11/19/2005 4:10:23 PM

DID ANYBODY ELSE NOTICE THAT "The Promise Of Never" IS THE SAME TUNE AS "fortunes envy" THAT APPEARS ON THE DEMO. SO IN REALITY THEY ONLY CAME UP WITH ONE NEW SONG.


Strongarm_ 11/19/2005 5:26:02 PM

Maybe, but that song could be broken up like five times over, is 13 minutes long, and is longer than some ep's by themselves & is incredible in and of itself. Is this an attempt to find fault??


phobophile_ 11/19/2005 5:54:35 PM

not sure how i feel about the 8/10, the entire review is positive. this is one of the strongest EPs i've ever heard and is a pretty flawless release, pretty strong contender for 10/10 i think. at least a 9/10.


Kanye West_ 11/19/2005 8:57:04 PM

George Bush doesn't care about this band, but should.


HC4EverDistro_ 11/19/2005 11:19:24 PM

only one left... http://www.hc4everdistro.shoppingcartsplus.com/catalog/item/2575629/2027514.htm


joe_ 11/20/2005 1:32:49 AM

i don't think it is possible to have written a better 12min plus song, and that was the purpose of this reelase. considering that the ballet asked them to write this epic song and they accepted i don't think it could have turned out any better. its REALLY really hard to write a song of that length and keep my attention but its so well written. the title track is really a masterpiece.


aggnate_ 11/20/2005 5:09:05 AM

purely amazing band


Mike_ 11/20/2005 4:51:34 PM

The problem is that 20 minute of Arsis just isn't enough... can't wait for these guys to make another full length.


anonymous 11/20/2005 8:44:25 PM

this band blows! why does everyone on this site want to give them head?


xTomWaitsx_ 11/21/2005 12:52:31 PM

I could see a lot of the scene disliking this band because of their sincerity and lack of ominous two-step and mosh parts, but they are really great for any fans of a great metal sound. Tight production and catchy leads, but mosh kids are gonna complain that it's not "br00tal" enough.


joe_ 11/21/2005 2:15:09 PM

they obviously aren't going to cater to stupid mosh kids who actually think so called "melodic death metal" with mosh parts is actually good.


kingben_ 11/21/2005 3:07:33 PM

arsis rules. this kills. there is no better band right now.


Strongarm_ 11/21/2005 4:00:20 PM

To that anonymous pssy above who said they "blow", you obviously haven't heard them or have and are 1.) secretly blown away but want to seem cool & elitest and piss people off, 2.) Into generic garbage, 3.) incredibly stupid, or 4.) combination of 2 & 3. You must like really bad music.


xAndThenYouDiex_ 11/22/2005 12:55:35 PM

Arsis only disappoint when it comes to the fact they don't play out enough


mojotfb_ 11/22/2005 5:11:28 PM

LETS MAKE A DEAL!!!


strongerthanall_ 11/24/2005 1:27:55 PM

By the looks of it, you all have a limited amount of time left to like this band before they get too big, become metalcore, and are "gay gayget scene pussies"


Tee_ 12/5/2005 12:59:52 AM

ADFD is incredible, technical, great songwriting and dammit awesome. One of my faves this year. Arsis blow these Gothenbore clones out of the water and J. Malone has outdone himself on this EP. I'm glad Arisis stretched out their songwriting, and the production on this EP is awesome too. Arsis are good melodic death metal, with a godly guitar player. What an epic release.


Dennis_ 5/23/2006 2:39:11 PM

Correction.....Fortunes Envy and The promise of never are NOT the same song. Excellent EP. Blew all expectations out of the water.


Dirk_ 12/6/2006 10:42:37 PM

Great album, easily their best song as well. You will not regret picking up this album. 9/10