Released: 2013, Relapse Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Inter Arma formed in 2006 and it’s not surprising they are now one of the most talked about metal bands to come out of Richmond, VA.
After releasing their debut full-length Sundown via Forcefield Records in 2010, they combined punk rock ethos with an esoteric blend of psychedelia, black metal, and doom/sludge, which quickly developed a name for themselves in the underground scene.
They were soon touring with bands like Cough, Krallice, Mutant Supremacy, Castevet, Royal Thunder, Ken Mode, The Body, Hull, Batillus, Black Breath and more.
Last year they released a 12" EP entitled Destroyer via Toxic Assets Records, which then gave them the opportunity to be signed over to Relapse Records giving them a self-booked month long tour.
The band states ‘It's pretty crazy to think that we'll be tacitly associated with bands like Neurosis, Amorphis, Human Remains, diSEMBOWELMENT, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Incantation, Mastodon, et al. That's a pretty high standard to hold yourself to, but we'll give it our damndest.’
And I expect Inter Arma to deliver on their promise, these guys really are amazing!
Starting off with a dramatic impact it’s clearly apparently from the start, these guys are like no other! They combine so many elements together, with different genres you need to listen to this album afew times to hear everything as there’s parts you missed from the first time.
From the start there is great musicianship, fantastic drumming and Guitaring with Mike Paparo's incredible death/black metal vocals not over shadowing the music.
This is one album that will make you stop whatever you’re doing and sit back and listen. Simply Incredible.
I have stated in my past reviews that it’s not just what you hear with music, but what you feel and did these guys make me feel…I had goosebumps running down my back into my legs and this album simply took my breath away.
They manage to merge doom, psychedelic sludge, grind, black metal with mighty riffs to create a sound uniquely of their own. The tracks are so different to each other it’s truly heavy in some parts and simply calming and psychedelic in others, you never know what to expect next, making this album a truly spiritually and intense journey.
If you’re a fan of Neurosis, Melvins, Darkthrone, Tombs, Electric Wizard, Kylesa, Rwake then you need to check these guys out! If you’re not, just check these guys out anyway!
Review by Jo Blackened