Arsis
Visitant


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (263 Reviews)
November 6th, 2018 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Arsis is as Arsis does… again.

The often penetrating and calamity driven fuel that has driven the Arsis framework hasn’t exactly changed over the course of the last fourteen years. Breaking out with A Celebration Of Guilt set a certain standard for the Virginia-based death heads and fairly, the hype that followed only matched the raw sadistic energy of a blistering debut. But the hype was met with a less than desirable display of misplaced technicality and failed expectations. From there Arsis continued down a merry little path of solid, yet understandably throw-away mediocrity, releasing the sort of music that sits on the slightly better side of positivity. If there’s anything that Visitant reaffirms that Arsis is as Arsis does… again.

The typically rancorous outpouring of Arsis has had a tumultuous, if surprisingly effect on the band’s music. A whirlwind of line up changes have stopped the band from becoming consistently stale, without creating a huge variance in quality. It’s commendable even, that the Virginia-based band has something to offer, even if the expectation itself is about as dreary as Visitant’s cover art. Visitant starts off with the usual amounts of melodically charged atmospherics. The polished build of “Tricking The Gods” sets an ominous and plodding mood. Malone means business as his rasp joins the fray. Only, it’s all too clear that its business as usual. The air of melodious technicality drives the tight production into a claustrophobic, and restrictive setting. The life is removed quickly from Arsis’ newest slab of technically proficient, yet completely passable melodic death. Visitant’s “listen once, forget me” soundscape is crippled by a seamless transition between both the songs sections and the tracks themselves. A clear cut production allows each Arsis component to shine and meld into forgetfulness, it’s nice achievement to provide a clear bass within a wall of death metal but it’s cost Visitant a honest, organic overall sound.

As Arsis’ newest continues it’s foray into the world of melodic death metal-by-numbers, there are a few redeemers that keep the fans well at bay. The bombastic “Fathoms” adds some variety to a record that desperately needs it. While “Dead Is Better” brings back some of the older groove that put the group’s debut in the limelight. Aside from these few stand out pieces, Arsis’ latest stays squarely in the realms of unrepeatable spins. That’s not to say Visitant is a bad listen. No, it’s just the same stock affair taken from one wrapping and slapped into the next. So blast some Arsis and have some fun because there’s a chance you won’t be going out of your way to revisit this one.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2018


9113 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Between a 2.5 and a 3 here.



Getting ready for the new Psycroptic tomorrow, been deliberately avoiding the singles

Dewinged
November 6th 2018


12326 Comments


Oh nice, i actually wanted to check this one. Good write up mister.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2018


9113 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks Dewi.

Evok
November 6th 2018


7596 Comments


Nice review. Rating looks about right

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DungeonBoy
November 6th 2018


4923 Comments


Cool review man. Pretty much what I would expect from this band at this point, the only potential saving grace may have been shredmaster Brandon Ellis' alleged greater contributions to the song writing. I have yet to hear this but I don't expect it to be any different than the last few albums. That being said, A Celebration of Guilt was one hell of a debut

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bloc
November 6th 2018


53073 Comments


Didn't know these guys were still around. Never really understood why they were so well liked either.

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JWT155
November 6th 2018


14178 Comments


Me neither, I guess they're a basic metal band by the numbers, they don't shine but they also don't necesarrily go out of the lines in doing anything terribly wrong either.

DungeonBoy
November 6th 2018


4923 Comments


I think they are riding the coattails of their debut. That album was pretty big deal when it came out 2004. There weren't a ton of bands blending that level of technicality and melody with breakneck speed like these guys. This style is so super saturated now though that they just kinda blend into everything else, but when they first started they were definitely noteworthy. At least among my local scene.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2018


9113 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think you guys nailed it in the comments

Rowhaus
November 6th 2018


1828 Comments


loved CoG and Unwelcome. I'll spin this today m/

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XingKing
November 6th 2018


14063 Comments


This band is still a thing? Their first album and first EP are the only things worth a damn

Rowhaus
November 6th 2018


1828 Comments


face of my innocence is still one of the best songs ever tho

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2018


9113 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah they’re still a thing, just not as much of a thing as they want to be

Source
November 6th 2018


4428 Comments


Band isn't very good

DarkSideOfLucca
November 7th 2018


13226 Comments


Their first album is one of the best in the genre.

Why are they so bland now?

Shuyin
November 7th 2018


13358 Comments


Unwelcome had a few jams tho

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DarkSideOfLucca
November 7th 2018


13226 Comments


I mean a bunch of their albums had a few jams but their first album was a fucking classic

Shuyin
November 7th 2018


13358 Comments


not gonna argue with that

DungeonBoy
November 7th 2018


4923 Comments


yeah every album post Diamond for Disease has a few good songs. We are the Nightmare has Sightless Wisdom:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6BUTxV1WY4

but that and Overthrown can't save it from the rest of the filler



Source
November 7th 2018


4428 Comments


I don't even really like a celebration of guilt tbh



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