Here is a review from student DJ Mike, who hosts a show Monday nights 10pm-12am. Tune in!
Arsis’ 3rd full length is one of the most anticipated metal releases of ’08. 2006’s United in Regret was generally regarded as a letdown but <i>We Are the Nightmare</i> is a worthy follow-up to the now-legendary <i>A Celebration of Guilt</i> and <i>A Diamond For Disease</i>. This album may be their most cohesive yet; all ten tracks are as catchy and memorable as they are technically virtuosic. Songs such as the title track, “Sightless Wisdom” and “Falling Winds of Hopeless Greed” are sure to become anthemic metal sing-alongs and concert staples like “The Face of my Innocence” and “A Diamond for Disease.”
Though the Melodic Death metal well is all but dried up, Arsis inject the genre with a much needed shot of adrenaline, a cocktail of mind-blowing progressions, electrifying hooks, blistering technical death metal guitar riffing, and black metal-influenced vocals. Arsis’ distinct, refreshing sound; support from a respected label like Nuclear Blast; and a phenomenal new album have Arsis poised to conquer the world.
Babin’s Grade: A
Recommended Tracks: 1, 3, 5, 8, 9 (or all!)
RIYL Dark Tranquillity, At the Gates, Necrophagist, Into Eternity
Upcoming concerts @ The Chance (6 Crannell St, Poughkeepsie NY)
5.7 – Nightwish w/ Sonic Syndicate
5.12 (@ the Loft) – Kingdom of Sorrow (ft. members of Hatebreed, Crowbar & Seemless)
5.21 – As I Lay Dying w/ August Burns Red, Misery Signals & Evergreen Terrace