Septic Flesh, Arsis
735 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON, M4M 1H1
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Ensiferum (meaning "sword bearing") is a Finnish folk metal band from Helsinki. The members of the band label themselves as "heroic folk metal." Since their formation, Ensiferum has released five full-length albums, one EP, one compilation, three singles, and three demo albums.
Metal and folk melodies are played on lead guitar or keyboard, overlaying heavier heavy metal backing rhythms such as the classic gallop. The band also include fairly frequent use of acoustic guitars, usually at the beginnings of songs. The lyrical themes of their music most often relate to fantastical, archaic, or historic stories that can most often be grouped in with Nordic concepts, usually with heroic sentiment.
Metal band formed in March 1990 in Athens, Greece.
Disbanded in October 2003 & reunited in 2007.
Members were also involved in Thou Art Lord and Chaostar.
Arsis, a musical term meaning "silence", was formed in 2001 by guitarist/songwriter James Malone and drummer Michael Van Dyne. Their music is the product of strong classic metal influences such as Racer X, Iron Maiden, Dio, King Diamond, Black Sabbath, and Alice Cooper, as well as the more contemporary influences of bands such as Emperor, Death, and Morbid Angel. The duo recorded two demos that gained them considerable attention in 2002, and began playing live shows in early 2003 with the aid of session musicians.
In the fall of 2003, Arsis signed with Willowtip Records. Their debut album, "A Celebration of Guilt", was released on March 30, 2004 and was immediately showered with rave reviews from metal press worldwide. In the months following, Arsis toured the east coast with a number of diverse metal acts, including Set Ablaze, Misery Index, Invocation of Nehek, Incantation, and Mortician. "A Celebration of Guilt" went on to win Album of the Year honors on Metalreview.com, was featured on numerous Top 10 of 2004 lists, and was given a full overseas release via Earache Records on July 11, 2005.
"A Diamond for Disease" was released on October 25, 2005. Released to critical acclaim, this special mini-cd includes the epic 12-minute title track, and was featured on Decibel Magazine's Top 40 of 2005 list. In 2006, Arsis took part in the hugely successful "Carving North America's Epitaph Tour" (alongside Necrophagist, Cattle Decapitation, Neuraxis, and Alarum), toured the east coast with Becoming the Archetype, and toured the U.S. with Dead to Fall and Misery Signals shortly after. Arsis' much anticipated second full-length release, "United in Regret", will hit stores via Willowtip Records on November 7, 2006. Also look for Arsis on the road this October through November with All Shall Perish and The Faceless, and on tour this December with Napalm Death, A Life Once Lost, Dead to Fall, and Animosity.