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Inter Arma

Courtesy Relapse Records

Inter Arma, Withered, Immortal Bird 

When: Wed., July 13, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $12, $10 in advance
Richmond-based quintet Inter Arma blew me away in 2013 with their second full-length, Sky Burial. The record’s thick, rough-edged sound, like grinding icebergs, laid a foundation for a grueling journey with an epic narrative quality—a listener coming out at the end of the album isn’t quite the same person he or she was going in. Sludgy but sophisticated, this band has a massive tonal toolbox and an unerring instinct for the placement of each individual shade of black. In 2014 they released the very meaty and substantial 46-minute track The Cavern in an attempt to tide fans over until the long-awaited new Paradise Gallows (Relapse). Every LP has been a great leap forward, and this one is no exception. The psychedelic shipwreck portrayed in the cover art is a fair representation of the haunting violence and swirling, vivid colors of the sounds inside: from gut-loosening doom to goosebump-raising drone-folk to the unnerving, lilting ambient wails of the slow-building 11-minute title track.
— Monica Kendrick



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