James Malone, the leader of the metal band Arsis, is once again living and rocking on the Peninsula. That doesn't mean he's staying put. His band is getting ready to launch yet another national tour.
Malone, who grew up in the area and now resides in Williamsburg, reports that Arsis is heading out to lay the promotional groundwork for a new album that's due to be released early next year on the Nuclear Blast label.
The tour will find the band hitting New York City, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Las Vegas among other cities.
Before the tour gets started in earnest, the band will rock locally a few times. Arisis will play a free, all-ages show 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at Fantasy in Newport News. At 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, Arsis will play Geared Up Rock Bar and Grill in Virginia Beach.
Arsis played one tour last year without Malone, but the guitarist and band founder said he was never completely out of the group. "I sat out like one tour, because I needed to keep my day job," said Malone, who has lived in Baltimore, New York City and West Virginia in recent years. "It had been awhile since I had (health) insurance. But, I was never out of the band officially."
Malone said that the group's new album will be titled "Unwelcome." The group now includes Noah Martin, from Virginia Beach, on bass, Brandon Ellis on second guitar and Shawn Priest on drums.
"The band is a lot stronger now than it ever has been," Malone said. "It's definitely a group effort now. I want to see it go as far as it possibly can."
At 32, Malone is now a veteran of the American death metal scene. "I do have a passion for the music and I love everybody in the band," he said. "I have a really good time making music with them. That keeps me going more than anything else."
In other Arsis news, Decibel magazine recently published a list of "The Top 100 Death Metal Albums of All Time" issue and the debut Arsis album, "Celebration of Guilt," came in at No. 50.
"That was cool, really cool. Kind of shocking," Malone said. "It's only one publication's opinion, but they've been around for awhile, so it must mean something."
Malone attended both York and Bruton high schools as well as Christopher Newport University and Berklee College of Music in Boston. His parents live in York County.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun