James Malone Sits Out ARSIS Tour; New Demos Surface
Yes, the headline is real! That is the equivalent of saying Trent Reznor to sit out Nine Inch Nails tour or Axl Rose to sit out Guns N Roses tour. To put it plainly, James is Arsis. Dude is the only original/permanent member in the band and he just released a statement that he will not be out on the road with the rest of the band when they tour with Firewind next month. Here is what he said:
"Due to professional and personal commitments I am unable to tour with Arsis at this time. For the upcoming tour with Firewind, rather than drop off the tour entirely, we've decided to hire live musicians, some of whom have long been associated with my band. I have given Nick and Noah my blessing and am certain the lineup will be great.
"My sincerest apologies to anyone who is annoyed or disappointed by my absence. Please go and support Arsis and check out some of our new songs, which they will be playing every night!"
Well, that's a nice conciliation right? New material? Ehh? Work with me here. I'm sure whatever the situation is, this was the only option as I doubt either the band or Malone wanted it this way. But you have to question how much future a band has, when the frontman isn't on the road with the band. Anyway, dates can be found right here and watch the video showcasing some new stuff below: