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Review: Arsis - A Diamond For Disease
A Diamond For Disease

Label: Willowtip Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 20:00
Tracks: 3
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 4.3/5

Review online: November 4, 2005
Reviewed by: Ktb
Readers Rating
A Diamond For Disease

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

If I hadn't known Arsis before hearing this EP (but I did, fortunately), I would probably have run to the record store (or most likely order it online FAST) to buy their greatly appreciated album, 'A Celebration of Guilt'. Everyone who's heard this band previously knows they mix melodic death with a bunch of other influences including Black and Thrash just to name a few. These guys know what the problem is with American 'melodic death' (or should I say metalcore, to be more accurate) - they all sound like a cheap ripoff of In Flames, ATG and the likes. So their mission is to never bore the fuck out of you by incorporating a bunch of new memorable ideas and keeping you awake (I still spin 'A Celebration of Guilt' occasionally). No acoustic interlude or useless bullshit like that (which wouldn't really fit) are put in the music to make the thing longer. What we have here is 19 minutes of pure melodic death mixed with a lot of other genres. They covered Alice Cooper's 'Roses on White Lace', which sounds incredibly harsh and unforgettable. Lightning-speed guitar leads come out of virtually nowhere, while keeping a good heavy beat in the background. 'Fortune's Envy' is an old demo track they recorded, and the melodic death sound on this one is more prominent (yes, there's actually death metal in it, even though I can hear a few ATG/In Flames influences here and there). 'A Diamond for Disease' is an unstoppable 12 minute track. I thought it would be Disillusion-type stuff (with breaks, interludes, etc) but it's pretty much straightforward riffage with tons and tons of heart-pounding and hammer-smashing riffs from start to end, while keeping a melodic death sound without forgetting their Black, Thrash and Prog influences. Get this EP. Especially if you heard the album. If you haven't heard the album though, you should still get it. Simple enough, I know.

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