James Malone has spent the better part of the last five years preparing for Arsis' new album, Visitant. Not that the guitarist/vocalist/primary creative force has had a lot of time to follow-up 2013's savagely good Unwelcome album. He's been intimately involved in the unexpected explosion of supergroup Necromancing the Stone and teaching guitar at the School of Rock. Additionally, sideman Brandon Ellis ended up joining death metallers The Black Dahlia Murder. Between Malone and Ellis' non-Arsis responsibilities, new material was put on the proverbial backburner. But that all changes with Visitant.