News•September 23, 2011 9:15 PM ET•5,194 views
Arsis announces touring musicians
Official press release: As previously announced, Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal masters Arsis will be touring as part of the "Frets of Fury Tour" this October without guitarist/vocalist Jim Malone. The band are excited to announce the very talented musicians filling in for Jim in his absence. "Mike Parks will be performing vocals for the tour in October," commented the band. "He's the obvious choice as he has helped us out in the past when Malone lost his voice, and was actually the singer of the band that became Arsis. He is a long-time friend and an extremely strong singer, and we're happy to have him with us. "We'd also like to introduce Brandon Ellis. This is something incredibly special. He is a young guy who plays with the kind of maturity that has become rare in the modern metal and shred scene. His presence will take the guitar chops in Arsis to a new high. Talk is cheap, so see for yourself. We are not cancelling. 'The Frets of Fury' tour was built specifically around the participation of Arsis and it would be dishonorable to back out and hang everybody out to dry. So we are bringing a brutal set of new music (some of which we've already shared online) and some old ones, which have never been played live despite a constant clamor for them. The lineup is AWESOME as all at the shows will soon discover."