Today we have Mohammad Kabeer reviewing the new album from Inter Arma titled Sky Burial released via Relapse Records.
1. The Survival Fires
2. The Long Road Home (Iron Gate)
3. The Long Road Home
7. Love Absolute
8. Sky Burial
Often you find that Metal seems to push itself towards a particular cage, and doesn’t even try to come out of it , sometimes to create something that will appeal to the mainstream audiences, sometimes because of the narrow-mindedness of the musicians and fans themselves and sometimes because it just doesn’t want to . Once in a while however you do come across a band that changes things, Inter Arma is that band .
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Inter Arma is a five piece from Richmond Virginia, consisting of T.J. Childers(Drums) Steven Russel (Guitars) Trey Dalton (Guitars) Mike Paparo (vocals) and Jon koerkes ( bass). The band’s sound is very hard to categorize in one single word, the best way to describe it would be black/sludge/doom metal that is strongly influenced by psychedelic rock but that barely scratches the surface. One word that describes this album perfectly is rich, both in terms of production, which encompasses a really thunderous, deep drum sound and also multiple layers of guitar tracks, and in terms of the actual performance which dosen’t really stick to one formula or genre for that matter. The Survival Fires mixes avante-garde black metal with crushing sludge while Sky burial does the same, except mixing it with really melancholic rock , whereas you have less extreme tracks like The Long Road Home(Iron Gate). The long road home and Love Absolute which have more of a psychedelic vibe, mixing spacey effects with simple acoustic guitar . And if that’s not all there are tracks like ‘sblood which is driven by very tribal drumming, mainly on the toms accompanied by really mystical guitar work that sounds almost like a didgeridoo and Destroyer which has really buzzing ,hypnotic almost drone like guitar work accompanied by simple minimalistic drums, which reminds of Venus in Furs by Velvet underground.
All of these factors make Inter Arma a challenging yet quite intriguing listen; these guys are doing something different and thinking out of the box. This is definitely an album that I think every music fan will enjoy regardless of their preference in music .