Scion AV announced the release of 6-track “Lepers Caress” EP from death metal quartet, ARSIS. The release is available as a free digital download at ARSIS, which derived its name from the musical term "arsis and thesis" meaning unstressed (up-) and stressed (down-) beats respectively, makes music that is tinged with variety of metal influences, but is completely dedicated to expanding the reaches of melodicism and technicality in the genre of death metal. Lepers Caress is the first release following their well-received 2010 album Starve for the Devil, and again enlists the help of Zeuss (Agnostic Front, Hatebreed, Municipal Waste) who the band has recorded with since 2008’s We are the Nightmare. “The EP was put together quickly after we finished "Unwelcome," offers bassist and backup vocalist Noah Martin, “It gave us the opportunity to offer a brief statement of where our heads are at the moment. We revisited some of the oldest material in the Arsis catalog as well as re-tracked a song off the upcoming full-length. Expect more three and four-part writing, thrash and blasts, and a string quartet arranged for a full band.” LEPERS CARESS TRACKLISTING: 1. Haunted, Fragile, and Frozen 2. Six Coffins Wide 3. Veil of Mourning Black 4. A Tearful Haunt, Condemned 5. Carve My Cross 6. Denied “Arsis shows so much dedication to their craft,” comments Jeri Yoshizu, manager of sales promotions for Scion, “we’re excited to support them on this new release and tour.” In conjunction with the EP release, Scion A/V is sponsoring ARSIS’ 2012 North American Tour beginning December 6th. Tour dates listed below: Scion A/V Presents Arsis w/ Sonata Arctica 12/6/2012 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY 12/7/2012 The Palladium Worcester, MA 12/8/2012 The Note West Chester, PA 12/9/2012 Empire Springfield, VA 12/11/2012 Opera House Toronto, ON 12/12/2012 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA 12/13/2012 Peabody's Cleveland, OH 12/14/2012 Harpo's Detroit, MI 12/15/2012 Mojoes Joliet, IL 12/17/2012 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO 12/18/2012 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM 12/19/2012 Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ 12/20/2012 Whisky A Go Go Hollywood, CA 12/21/2012 Cheyenne Saloon Las Vegas, NV 12/23/2012 Chameleon Room Oklahoma City, OK Additionally, a ticket giveaway to two winners will be done in each U.S. city along the tour via the ScionAV Twitter (@ScionAV). Each winner in each tour city will receive 1 free pair of tickets to the show. Please check the @ScionAV Twitter for sweepstakes instructions. ARSIS recently wrapped of the recording sessions for their fifth full-length release. The album was tracked at Audiohammer Studios in FL with producer Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER). The follow up to their 2010 release Starve For The Devil is tentatively scheduled for a first quarter of 2013 release via Nuclear Blast. The album will also debut new drummer/longtime session member, Shawn Priest. Check out pre-production for the track “Choking On Sand” at Starve For The Devil was released in North America on February 9th 2010 and debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard Heatseekers cha