Richmond’s Inter Arma, reigning masters of the slow build, team up with Adult Swim Singles to offer up the 27th installment of the current program. “Stillness” arrives in anticipation of the band’s forthcoming album Sulphur English, set for release April 12th.
dditionally, Inter Arma have been announced for Decibel’s Metal & Beer Fest Pre-Fest on April 12 and celebrate the release of Sulphur English with labelmates Integrity, Full of Hell & Devil Master. Inter Arma will also perform at Saint Vitus the following day celebrating the venue’s 8th Anniversary & Northwest Terror Fest the weekend of May 30-June 1. Stay tuned for more Inter Arma live announcements in the near future.
Inter Arma’s impulses tend toward the epic, but never bloat; they meld several styles — doom, sludge, and hard psych — without coming off like dilettantes. This newest full-length, Sulphur English, finds them mining deeper in the proggy organic doom fields that made both Paradise Gallows and Sky Burial so thrilling while expanding further the on the psych-folk strain that made those albums’ peaks seem so lofty.
Few metal bands have ever made such effective use of acoustic instruments in truly heavy environments as Inter Arma do; the acoustic guitar that stitches “Stillness” together is as effective as any overdriven bass; a two-minute gloomy piano-and-feedback piece titled “Observances of the Path” rolls out the carpet for “The Atavist’s Meridian,” an album highlight that rides a gigantic, roomy drum sound into realms akin to a murkier Paradise Lost, a more aggressive Om, and a dreamier, more stoned Kylesa all playing together at once. Few bands make music as engrossing as Inter Arma; their lengthy, almost meditative songs rumble patiently forward until you’re ready to get thrown off a bridge — and then they throw you, with great force.
INTER ARMA Tour Dates:
Apr 12 Philadelphia, PA Decibel Metal & Beer Fest Pre-Fest
Apr 13 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus – 8th Anniversary
May 30-Jun 01 Seattle, WA Northwest Terror Fest
INTER ARMA Is:
Mike Paparo – vocals
T.J. Childers – drums
Steven Russell – guitars
Trey Dalton – guitars
Andrew Lacour – bass