Die aus Virgina stammenden Melodic-Tech-Death-Metaller ARSIS stellen voller Freude Brandon Ellis als ihren neuen Gitarristen vor. Brandon begleitete die Band bereits in der Vergangenheit als Tourgitarrist und wird nun auf der anstehenden neuen ARSIS-Scheibe endlich sein Studio-Debüt feiern. Brandon ersetzt damit ex-Gitarrero Nick Cordle, der vor einer Weile als Ersatz für Christopher Amott in das Bandlager der Schweden von ARCH ENEMY wechselte. “I am super happy to say that Brandon Ellis has recently become the new lead guitarist for ARSIS,” kommentiert Sänger/Gitarrist Jim Malone. “Not only is he one of the best musicians that I have been able to work with, but he shares my passion for all things that are 80's metal, including ridiculously tacky paint jobs on guitars. I am beyond excited about writing new material with Brandon. Until then, listen for his shredilicious leads on the upcoming ARSIS full length. Come check him out live with ARSIS this December!” "Initially when Nick joined ARCH ENEMY, we all thought we could make it work with him having the time for both bands,” greift Bassist Noah Martin den Faden auf. “Things unfortunately overlapped and we weren't able to work on the new album with him. We appreciate everything he's done for ARSIS. We'll miss our friend greatly and do wish him all the best. Both Nick and Ryan Knight (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER), contributed ridiculous leads for the album. Brandon's solos on this full-length are both crushing and particularly creative. His presence, along with Shawn's (Priest – drums), were integral to the tone of this album. We're in the post-production stage, now that the masters were just finished. In the meantime, come have beers with us on the SONATA ARCTICA run!" Klickt hier für eine eindrucksvolle Demonstration Brandons spielerischer Fertigkeiten: http://bit.ly/TGEJXo SONATA ARCTICA, ARSIS 12/06/12 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY 12/07/12 The Palladium – Worcester, MA 12/08/12 The Note - West Chester, PA 12/09/12 Empire – West Springfield, VA 12/11/12 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA 12/12/12 The Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA 12/13/12 Peabody´s – Cleveland, OH 12/14/12 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI 12/15/12 Mojoes – Joliet, IL 12/17/12 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO 12/18/12 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM (ARSIS only) 12/19/12 Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ (ARSIS only) 12/20/12 Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA 12/21/12 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV (ARSIS only) 12/23/12 Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK (ARSIS only)