NewsNovember 12, 2008 5:42 PM ET5,996 views

Arsis adds new drummer, bassist

The Arsis revolving door of drummers keeps turning as Borknagar drummer David Kinkade has now joined the group. Frontman Jim Malone says, "For starters, we will be heading overseas in a few weeks for our first European tour ever where we have the pleasure of sharing the stage with Morbid Angel, Kataklysm, Marduk, and Keep of Kalessin... We would also like to thank Shawn Priest for playing drums with us for the past four months and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Starting with the European tour, we will be working with drummer David Kinkade, formerly of Malevolent Creation and Divine Empire. David also plays drums in Borknagar and I feel that we'll be working with him for a long time. He is one the most ‘real’ people that I have ever met." Kinkade had the following to say: "I am very excited to join the ranks of Arsis. James, Ryan and I have many of the same influences and goals in what we want out of a band and in our overall drive for music. The tunes are fun to play and I can't wait to see what the future brings with these phenomenal musicians. The set list is sounding sick at rehearsal and I trust that the upcoming tour, being Arsis European debut, will crush Europe. As posted last week, I have also joined Borknagar as the new full-time drummer. Neither of the obligations in both bands will interfere with each other. Just expect a lot of activity on my end in these next few months. See you all on tour." Meanwhile, bassist Nick Cordle has also joined the group, replacing recently departed Noah Martin. Cordle adds, "It's a huge honor and thrill to join Arsis! The shows so far have been a pretty damn good time and it's a great privilege to play and hang with James, Ryan, and David. Arsis have been a favorite band of mine for many years now and to be able to play a role in its future is quite excellent. I'm drawing a huge amount of energy from the atmosphere in the band both musically and personally -- we are deadly focused and out for blood! The European tour is going to be truly wicked!"

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