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INTER ARMA‘s music resists generalization and categorization, but if there’s one thing that’s consistently true, it’s that the VA quintet possesses an unparalleled sense of scope. Few artists today accurately convey 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 live circuit as they are to their records: the band has performed extensively 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 over the course of the last ten years, has established the band as a uniquely innovative force in contemporary extreme metal.

Founded in Richmond in 2006, the versatile and genre-defying five-piece released their debut full-length Sundown via 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 themselves in the underground. Following Sundown, the band released the 12″ EP Destroyer via 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 Cavern, a 45+ minute, single-song EP. Originally written during the summer of 2009, then slowly reworked and perfected, The Cavern was recorded in 2013 during breaks from the band’s non-stop tours. Both The Cavern and Sky Burial were widely hailed as some of the best records of their respective years and garnered INTER ARMA accolades from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone, and many other publications worldwide.

Two years after The CavernINTER ARMA are poised to return with their heaviest and most multifaceted work to date. Paradise Gallows is more than an hour of lush, colorful melodies and textures blended with the heaviness of the earth’s impending death. Like the band’s previous works, the new album Paradise Gallows is direct and foreboding while maintaining a nuanced, artful perspective. 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-ever foray into clean vocals) spar with complex rhythmic structures across nine sweeping tracks of expansive, progressive heaviness. The album was again recorded with Mikey Allred (Yautja, Hivelords) at Dark Art Audio in Nashville, and features gorgeous cover art by Orion Landau. Dense, funereal, and richly evocative, 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.

INTER ARMA are:
T.J. Childers – Drums, guitars, acoustic guitars, lap steel, keyboards, synthesizers, noise, vocals
Trey Dalton – Guitars, keyboards, vocals
Joe Kerkes – Bass
Mike Paparo – Vocals
Steven Russell – Guitars

ARTIST UPDATES
  • INTER ARMA: Share Adult Swim Single Exlcusive Track “Stillness” Photo Credit: Joey Wharton 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. LISTEN TO “STILLNESS” HERE: https://www.adultswim.com/music/singles-2018/27 INTER ARMA’s previously released song “Citadel” is available on YouTube HERE and on all streaming services AT THIS LOCATION. Sulphur English is ...
  • INTER ARMA: Announce 4th-Studio Album Sulphur English Coming April 12; Share New Song “Citadel” Richmond’s INTER ARMA, reigning masters of the slow build, continue to trace a distinctly ambitious trajectory through modern metal. Today, the band announces their 4th full-length offering Sulphur English, coming April 12th, 2019, and share the first single entitled “Citadel”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y41Vyb4tD0c&feature=youtu.be “Citadel” streaming/Sulphur English pre-order  AT THIS LOCATION. Vocalist Mike Paparo comments: “The lyrics to “Citadel” were written as a sort of clarion call to myself ...
  • INTER ARMA: Enter Studio To Record New Album Photo Credit: Tony Lynch Richmond’s INTER ARMA has entered the studio to record their highly-anticipated third full-length album and follow-up to 2016’s Paradise Gallows. The yet-to-be-titled album is being recorded at The Tracking Room in Nashville, TN and Dark Art Audio in Madison, TN by INTER ARMA’s longtime engineer Mikey Allred. The album is expected to ...
  • INTER ARMA: Announce US Headlining Tour Dates Photo Credit: Tony Lynch Richmond’s INTER ARMA announce US headlining tour dates with Earthling and Bruce Lamont. The tour begins May 31 and ends June 9 including performances at Doomed and Stoned Festival & Raleigh Deathfest. The band continues to support 2016’s highly praised Paradise Gallows full-length album. A full list of confirmed tour dates is ...
  • INTER ARMA: Share Live Video With Overcoast Music’s Sessions Series; Announce New Shows Photo Credit: Tony Lynch Richmond’s INTER ARMA share the live video for “An Archer in the Emptiness” on a new episode of Overcoast Music’s Sessions series. Filmed and recorded live on-location inside Richmond’s beautifully haunting Byrd Park Pumphouse, the performance serves a powerful testament to the city’s creative, innovative, and artistic heartbeat as well as its ...
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