Mike Van Dyne, drummer and founding member of Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal masters ARSIS, has announced his departure from the group. He says in a statement, "After five label releases and hundreds of shows in 19 countries, it's time to move forward and pursue my career full-time.
"The last fully-completed ARSIS song I contributed to was 'Since The Shadows' (released online last year), and it's one of my favorites.
"Through the years, I've accomplished everything in music I wanted to do. Not many people can say that, and I consider myself fortunate for having so many great experiences."
Van Dyne performed on ARSIS' highly-acclaimed debut album, "A Celebration Of Guilt", as well as "A Diamond For Disease" and "United In Regret" (Willowtip Records), "As Regret Becomes Guilt: The Demos Of Arsis" (Negative Existence Records), "Starve For The Devil" (Nuclear Blast Records), and "Since The Shadows" (2011 online release). From 2009 to 2011, Van Dyne toured Europe and North America extensively with the band, and performed on all of ARSIS' early tours from 2003-2007. Van Dyne has also recorded and performed notable live shows with the New York-based hardcore band CRIMSON MASK.
Formed in 2000 by Berklee prodigies James Malone and Mike Van Dyne, ARSIS has grown a strong and steady following for their unique intellectual brand of melodic death metal through various lineup changes. Most recently, ARSIS guitarist Nick Cordle was tapped to replace Christopher Amott in the Swedish/German extreme metal band ARCH ENEMY.
ARSIS' latest album, "Starve For The Devil", sold 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 13 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Starve For The Devil" was released in North America on February 9, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, Massachusetts with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who has previously worked with MUNICIPAL WASTE, AGNOSTIC FRONT and HATEBREED, among others.