It looks like drummer Shawn Priest will be taking former member Mike VanDyne's place as backbeat for Arsis. Priest has toured with the melodic death metal band in the past and will be playing on the guys' upcoming album.
“After several major tours with Arsis since 2008,” Priest said, “I am more than happy to take the position of full-time drummer. These guys have become some of my best friends and based on the new material we've been putting together, I think the new record will be one of the best and most extreme Arsis releases to date. Get stoked people.”
The band has posted a updated pre-production version of the new track, “Choking On Sand,” online to show off Priest’s chops, and to give fans a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming album.