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Review: Arsis - Starve for the Devil
Starve for the Devil

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 40:44
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: March 3, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Starve for the Devil

Rated 3.72/5 (74.48%) (29 Votes)

This was a definite surprise. I was a fan of their previous release We Are the Nightmare; I thought it was a fine slab of melodic, yet technical Death Metal. Starve for the Devil cuts back on technicality in favor of songwriting, fans of the debut that were turned off by later releases would do well to give this a look. Technical Death Metal fans needn't worry about this, the musicianship is still spot on with plenty of guitar solos to lose your mind to.

Riffs, riffs, and more riffs is the name of the game here, cutting back from the widdle-diddle guitar assault of the last album. Arsis are certainly carving a niche for themselves in a genre that's becoming increasingly cool to do. Where Necrophagist and Gorod have the monopoly on technicality beyond comprehension, Arsis provide melody and accessibility making them an ideal starting point for potential listeners. Tracks such as "Forced to Rock" or personal favorite "Beyond Forlorn" stand as flagships for Arsis' sound as of 2010, genre-splicing has really benefitted the band with a dirty palette of death, thrash, black, power and prog – best of all is they hit the nail right on the head.

With actually zero in the way of negativity Arsis have went on to record their most relevant record since their debut – relentlessly spinning on my personal playlist and I'm sure many others will get on board once they realize the genius on offer – this is going to be big. Bounding with energy, filthy riffage, machine-like drumming with clinical precision, rumbling bass, dual guitar madness, and James Malone's fantastic raspy vocal stylings – if any of those sound even remotely interesting, then get this album now. As far as my tastes go this is the best of 2010 so far...

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