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Arsis United In Regret


01. Oh, The Humanity MP3 02. ...And the Blind One Came 03. United in Regret 04. I Speak Through Shadows 05. Lust Before the Maggots Conquest 06. The Marriage Bed 07. The Cold Resistance 08. The Things You Said 09. Hopeless Truth
2006 Willowtip Records
Our score 8

by Cory
11/15/2006

In the last few years, Willowtip Records has quickly become the most consistent and (arguably) most innovative label in metal. While they certainly weren't the label's first band, Celebration of Guilt was one of the label's breakthrough releases and Arsis have made quite a name for themselves touring behind that release and its follow-up EP, the ambitious Diamond For Disease. Two years later, the melodic death metal duo have released United In Regret, an album that wows by expanding the band's repertoire and building upon their already impressive foundation of melodic death metal with a little bit of everything imaginable thrown in. Most notably, the band has placed even more emphasis on melodic leads and solos this time around and they make it work in every instance. I'm not saying that the band's songs weren't already catchy metal tunes, but I've had various tracks from United In Regret stuck in my head for days at a time, especially the disc's title track and "Lust Before The Maggots Conquest." It's not necessarily surprising that the addition works so well, but it is encouraging that Arsis weren't content to rest on their laurels and wanted to continue developing their sound. James Malone has to be one of the single most gifted songwriters playing metal today and Michael Van Dyne's drumming is equally inspired. While one could make the argument against fixing what clearly wasn't broken, I personally commend the band on the slight directional shift, as it is a logical one that fits perfectly with the band's previous material and shouldn't alienate any fans. There are a few melodic passages that could rub certain extreme metal enthusiasts the wrong way, such as the middle segment of "I Speak Through Shadows," but these portions add a certain variety that the band didn't display quite as prominently in the past. Another minor tweak Arsis made on this release is the implementation of slightly cleaner production. Not only does it help the guitars to shine, it also gives Malone's vocals a lot more presence. Bottom Line: Arsis are unquestionably one of today's premier melodic death metal acts and United In Regret is another in a series of strong releases. It makes its way easily into my top ten metal releases of the year and will most likely wind up in a similar spot with most fans of the genre. United In Regret, while it might be ever so slightly less amazing than their debut, is an incredible sophomore release from Arsis and sure to be an essential part of any metal fan's collection for years to come.

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drewcifer_ 11/15/2006 4:56:45 PM

pirst fost


look_ma_no_hands_ 11/15/2006 4:57:04 PM

UNITED IN MUDDY PRODUCTION


anonymous 11/15/2006 5:11:44 PM

the fact that the singer is the lead guitarist of this band blows me away.


Gluck_ 11/15/2006 5:20:21 PM

Essential for sure.


justinbean_ 11/15/2006 5:21:42 PM

i have listened to united in regret start to finish several times and it still hasn't hit me the way a celebration of guilt did. thats not to say UIR isn't a superb album, but i hoped the band would move in a different direction. on a side note, arsis live is disappointing. they have trouble pulling it all together, especially the drummer.


penguinsrock_ 11/15/2006 5:31:25 PM

holy shit, a good review from lambgoat for a willowtip band. This stuff is alright, kind of boring.


hotaction_ 11/15/2006 5:42:55 PM

when i saw them they were pretty spot on cept for amp problems and shitty sound levels. but anyways ill need to hear more of this cd...


Nick_ 11/15/2006 6:16:45 PM

great album


deathraceking_ 11/15/2006 6:25:30 PM

so glad this band exists.


OpenFaceSurgery_ 11/15/2006 6:33:37 PM

Arsis rules all! Bow down bitches and feel the wrath of the best melodic death metal band around! Simply astounding album, beginning to end. amazing guitar work and very well written songs. Arsis have once again set the bar, for badass technical metal. My favorite album of the year. 10/10


wolfpack_ 11/15/2006 7:42:47 PM

didn't like at all


Nowonmai_ 11/15/2006 8:06:18 PM

I uh... don't normally like too much death metal. But Arsis f*cking rules.


h_ 11/16/2006 4:39:01 AM

Arsis rules all! Bow down bitches and feel the wrath of the best melodic death metal band around! Simply astounding album, beginning to end. amazing guitar work and very well written songs. Arsis have once again set the bar, for badass technical metal. My favorite album of the year. 10/10 posted by OpenFaceSurgery () on 11/15/2006 6:33:37 PM you clearly dont listen to technical metal then..


CuntSnot_ 11/16/2006 9:09:59 AM

^^ its more technical than Psyopus, Into the Moat, Between the Buried and Me, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Anata, Cryptopsy, etc.... about the only release this year more technical is Spawn of Possession... Arsis is f*cking nuts, and this is one of the best albums of the year easily...


ese_bauber_ 11/16/2006 9:57:18 AM

good review, awesome cd.


tym_ 11/16/2006 1:11:56 PM

Arsis is great... in regards to their live show, they're definitely spot-on but their equipment could use a MAJOR upgrade. bassist was using a 4X10" cab last time and in general they could have been louder. someone buy them an 8X10" and full stacks


tomgilk_ 11/16/2006 1:50:36 PM

the production would be perfect for 90s metalcore. this album, not so much. holy muddy production is right.


surfjam_ 11/16/2006 7:39:43 PM

ts LESS technical than Psyopus, Into the Moat, Between the Buried and Me, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Anata, Cryptopsy,


tomgilk_ 11/17/2006 12:05:43 AM

i semi-take it back, the production is pretty good, except for the drums. theyre so good but a lot of it is lost in the production.


xthardingx_ 11/17/2006 12:43:55 AM

amazing band. good review. solid cd.


din_ 11/17/2006 1:03:55 AM

I heard they played with Dutchstep.


xomertax_ 11/17/2006 6:29:52 AM

Great album. Great band. Psyopus, Into the Moat, Between the Buried and Me, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Anata, Cryptopsy, etc..non of these bands can come even close to Arsis in terms of songwriting ability


Gluck_ 11/17/2006 5:34:32 PM

The above comment has to be one of the most ignorant and uninformed musical opinions ever typed in a comments box. Seriously, kill yourself ASAP.


anonymous 11/17/2006 10:55:10 PM

Totaly shit masterbating metal with no inteligence. You should listen to THEORY IN PRACTIS.


anonymous 11/18/2006 11:50:06 AM

All Shall Perish is better


anonymous 11/18/2006 12:51:27 PM

^^^lol


grindcore_ 11/18/2006 3:38:55 PM

Some of you people are ridiculously stupid. More technical and outstanding songwriting than Anata? Cryptopsy? Give me a f*cking break and come back to lambgoat when you don't have the musical clout of a snail anymore.


strongarm_ 11/18/2006 8:00:05 PM

Arsis are f*cking amazing. But the comment about them being more technical than Anata or Crptopsy is misleading. Anata is another incredible band and I would probably say Arsis and them are on the same level, songwritingwise and instrumentally. Cryptopsy, not as good songwriting, just as technical playing.


cryptic_slaughter_ 11/22/2006 1:15:09 PM

OK BUT ONE THING. WILLOWTIP AND JIM MALONE MISPELLED THE WORD 'THAT' ON THE ALBUM, IN THE LAST SENTENCE OF MALONE'S THANKS. DUMB ASSES


15 years old_ 11/25/2006 6:18:36 AM

these guys are okay, but they don't come anywhere near great bands like killswitch engage in terms of songwriting ability


thecolossus_ 12/6/2006 10:11:17 AM

damn good album, damn good


bearclawrawr_ 4/10/2007 10:08:12 AM

f*cking amazing music, boring as f*ck live