Arsis
Starve for the Devil


1.5
very poor

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
March 4th, 2010 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Now with an extra helping of cheeeeeeeeese

We Are The Nightmare is an intensely entertaining album. The lead work is simply amazing, or “absurdly well-executed” to quote Tyler Munro, and the drumming was constantly at a high level. Yes, sometimes they got lost in their own wank, but for the most part the best released a positively crushing album, with some amazing guitarwork. Now, with an album with the level of praise the We Are The Nightmare got, you would think the band would find a way to continue on their path all while taking a step forward. However, what you end up with here is an album that feels like the band pulled up its pants too soon, and ended up pissing all over their jeans.

The one positive on the album is definitely the lead-work, yet again. The leads are once again top notch and the riffs stay entertaining. However, the way the album is produced makes it sound like Children of Bodom’s overdone guitar work with little to no seriousness involved. Every lead with potential comes with a feeling like the band is winking at you and going, “Do you like our Testament impression?” Unfortunately, this feeling never leaves throughout the entire album.

Next up is the horrific vocals and lyrics of James Malone. Honestly, this album would have benefited nicely from some operatic vocals. Why not just go all the way? Tim “Ripper” Owens would not sound out of place doing the vocals. I bet the old Ripper could probably actually write some lyrics too, unlike the horrific sludge being spewed from Malone’s mouth. In fact, this entire album sounds like something Jon Schaeffer would have cooked up, in one of his less over-reaching moments. Allegedly this album is all about Malone’s previous bouts with anorexia (the most metal of diseases) and the lyrics are a ridiculous allusion to that.

The main problem with this album is the fact that it all feels so derivative. Arsis tossed their (relatively) unique sound away in favor of aping 80’s thrash and power metal. This album feels like a giant tribute album to those era’s, except with Malone doing his best impression of Angela Gossow in the vocal department. There is not one drop of originality on this entire album, with less than subtle winks towards better bands of an era long gone. The only thing that can’t be helped but wondered is did Arsis do this album to see how faithful their fans truly are?

Virginia’s Arsis have apparently decided that the best way to write an album about anorexia is to make music that members of Children of Bodom go, “Ugh, that is corny,” and add an intense amount of laughable lyrics delivered in a disgusting way. Yes, there are melodies aplenty, however, it all has such a cheese coating that it simply can not be taken seriously. What a horrible let down after the amazing We Are The Nightmare. One only hopes that Arsis realizes this horrifying mistake and make the changes necessary to keep it from being repeated.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2010


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

What a dogshit album

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2010


6112 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Just call it FONDUE

Pretty good review. Pos'd

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2010


17213 Comments


somebody hates Andy LaRoque

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2010


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I thought Zeuss produced it?

Phantom
March 4th 2010


8930 Comments


LET'S RAWK!!!!!

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2010


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Fucking awful.

Negged already, I like it. Now, may I ask why?

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2010


17213 Comments


andy laroque is the guitar player that originally wrote all these riffs/solos back in the 80s

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2010


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hahaha, oh King Diamond. I for some reason thought you were saying he produced it, as he has produced on occasion.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2010


17213 Comments


I love king diamond so i have no problems liking this

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2010


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I enjoy King Diamond on occasion, but that is mostly due to King Diamonds vocals.

Ulsufyring
March 4th 2010


1724 Comments


you just hate fun, fun-hater

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2010


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Its entirely possible

Phantom
March 4th 2010


8930 Comments


Abigail is an awesome album.

Haven't actually heard this in full, just the single.

bloozclooz
March 4th 2010


1770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

we are the nightmare was pretty solid, this is just bland. does everyone really hate the vocalist on that album that bad?

nothing can ruin "celebration of guilt" for me though.

Phrike
March 4th 2010


1691 Comments


Allegedly this album is all about Malone’s previous bouts with anorexia (the most metal of diseases)


I lol'd

Album is not that bad though. It isn't on par with A Celebration Of Guilt and A Diamond For Disease, but it's tolerable.

HenchmanOfSanta
March 4th 2010


1867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So I'm still not seeing what's so terrible about this album besides the cheesiness.

bloozclooz
March 4th 2010


1770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

nor am i. i think it's one of those albums that's just become "cool" to hate. it's not their best, but it's not a 1.5. that's what waking the cadaver gets, so this is at least a 2.5

iamthenightmare
March 4th 2010


754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that's what waking the cadaver gets, so this is at least a 2.5

oh god i had completely forgotten that band existed until just now


Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2010


21123 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A few of these songs have some really good hooks. Namely tracks 2-4 IIRC.

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

bloozclooz
March 4th 2010


1770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"oh god i had completely forgotten that band existed until just now"

they will forever be remembered.

SHREDDED WHEAT!



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