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Arsis announces new guitarist

Friday, November 09, 2012 11:24 AM PT

Official press release:

Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal masters Arsis, are pleased to officially announce Brandon Ellis as their new guitarist. Brandon has toured with the band in the past but will finally make his recording debut with Arsis' upcoming full-length release. Brandon replaces guitarist Nick Cordle who was recently tapped to replace Christopher Amott in Swedish supergroup, Arch Enemy.

"I am super happy to say that Brandon Ellis has recently become the new lead guitarist for Arsis," commented vocalist/guitarist Jim Malone. "Not only is he one of the best musicians that I have been able to work with, but he shares my passion for all things that are 80's metal, including ridiculously tacky paint jobs on guitars. I am beyond excited about writing new material with Brandon. Until then, listen for his shredilicious leads on the upcoming Arsis full length. Come check him out live with Arsis this December!"

"Initially when Nick joined Arch Enemy, we all thought we could make it work with him having the time for both bands," continued bassist Noah Martin. "Things unfortunately overlapped and we weren't able to work on the new album with him. We appreciate everything he's done for Arsis. We'll miss our friend greatly and do wish him all the best. Both Nick and Ryan Knight (The Black Dahlia Murder), contributed ridiculous leads for the album.

Brandon's solos on this full-length are both crushing and particularly creative. His presence, along with Shawn's (Priest – drums), were integral to the tone of this album. We're in the post-production stage, now that the masters were just finished. In the meantime, come have beers with us on the Sonata Arctica run!"

Check out a quick example of Brandon's playing here:


11/9/2012 11:35:13 AM
Sounds like a Nile solo. Not bad.

11/9/2012 11:48:54 AM
Would rather watch Herman Li's "Betcha Can't Play This."

11/9/2012 11:51:31 AM
weedily weedily weedily weedily gunk gunk gunk - gunk gunk gunk weedily gunk gunk


11/9/2012 12:30:17 PM
Arsis has become a pool of shredders for hire.

11/9/2012 1:02:58 PM
Arsis has become a pool of shredders for hire.

Agreed. Immense musical talent but it's like listening to a concert violinist: boring. And they wonder why people keep jumping ship to join other bands.

11/9/2012 4:44:39 PM
just from the start tab on the video i can tell i dont care. decent band tho.

11/9/2012 7:12:07 PM
I think Arsis is the only band that would feel compelled to include a 30 second video of a guy riffing in a press release to announce a new guitarist.

11/10/2012 12:24:04 AM
Arsis hires new guitarist. I changed my boxers. (Same fcking news).

11/10/2012 12:25:20 AM
nARSISsus is better.

11/10/2012 9:10:15 AM
i like arsis. guy won't be a gamechanger, but will still check out.

11/10/2012 10:50:38 AM
I think I heard this song at Guitar Center before.

11/11/2012 4:06:05 AM
Guitar center shredders are the worst. "oh somebody else plugged in a guitar too? Better turn my shit up WAY LOUDER then everyone else's" freaking ganz.

11/11/2012 5:51:22 AM
i want to see one of these videos where someone actually plays an awesome riff. that seems to be way harder than shredding your dick off with sweeps. then again, arsis hasnt had sweet riffs for years.

11/13/2012 6:44:40 PM
Nobody has cared about shredding since 1989.