INTER ARMA at The Pike Room

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INTER ARMA at The Pike Room


INTER ARMA's music resists generalization and categorization, but if there's one thing that's consistently true, it's that the "A quintet possesses an unparalleled sense of scope. Few artists today accurately con"ey the complexity that INTER ARMA (Latin for "in times of war") does the band creates terrible and often hauntingly beautiful portraits of humanity through music that is deeply organic yet still mystical and modern. INTER ARMA are just as committed to the li"e circuit as they are to their records: the band has performed extensi"ely throughout Europe and the US, sharing the stage with the likes of Kylesa, Baroness, Cough, Royal Thunder, Black Tusk, Ulcerate, Russian Circles, Windhand, and dozens of others. INTER ARMA's raw, uninhibited approach merges doom metal, psychedelic sludge, black metal, prog and more, and o"er the course of the last ten years, has established the band as a uniquely inno"ati"e force in contemporary extreme metal.

Founded in Richmond in 2006, the "ersatile and genre-defying fi"e-piece released their debut full-length Sundown "ia Forcefield Records in 2010, and like all great artists, had a well-defined sound right from the start. Sundown found INTER ARMA widespread critical acclaim, and, combined with the band's relentless touring schedule and DIY grit, quickly helped INTER ARMA make a name for themsel"es in the underground. Following Sundown, the band released the 12" EP Destroyer "ia Toxic Assets Records. That record was strong enough to catch the attention of Relapse Records, who signed INTER ARMA later in 2012, and in 2013, the band unleashed the monolithic Sky Burial, a doomy, hour-long excursion through unpredictable textures and timbres. Just two years later, the band followed Sky Burial with The Ca"ern, a 45+ minute, single-song EP. Originally written during the summer of 2009, then slowly reworked and perfected, The Ca"ern was recorded in 2013 during breaks from the band's non-stop tours. Both The Ca"ern and Sky Burial were widely hailed as some of the best records of their respecti"e years and garnered INTER ARMA accolades from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone, and many other publications worldwide.

Two years after The Ca"ern, INTER ARMA are poised to return with their hea"iest and most multifaceted work to date. Paradise Gallows is more than an hour of lush, colorful melodies and textures blended with the hea"iness of the earth's impending death. Like the band's pre"ious works, the new album Paradise Gallows is direct and foreboding while maintaining a nuanced, artful perspecti"e. INTER ARMA's signature palette of dissonant high-end and abyssal low-end has been augmented with swathes of thick, impressionistic melody that lend Paradise Gallows a truly biblical sense of scale, both lyrically and in terms of the album's sonic content. Harsh and acoustic passages (including the band's first-e"er foray into clean "ocals) spar with complex rhythmic structures across nine sweeping tracks of expansi"e, progressi"e hea"iness. The album was again recorded with Mikey Allred (Yautja, Hi"elords) at Dark Art Audio in Nash"ille, and features gorgeous co"er art by Orion Landau. Dense, funereal, and richly e"ocati"e, Paradise Gallows is a rich blend of doom, post-metal, sludge, and black and death metal, and is a singular and powerful new addition to the band's already monumental discography.


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