INTER ARMA Share New Song “The Paradise Gallows” via Stereogum
Richmond genre-benders INTER ARMA have just shared a second new song from their forthcoming LP Paradise Gallows. “The Paradise Gallows” has premiered via Stereogum, whose writer Doug Moore called the track “a cruelly beautiful Cormac McCarthy landscape of a metal tune, spacious and serene even at its climax.” Moore also commented that the album’s “emotional versatility — on top of the incredible individual performances and RIFFS RIFFS RIFFS — help make it one of the year’s best metal albums.”
Hear “The Paradise Gallows” now here.
The first new song from the album, “Transfiguration,” recently premiered via Pitchfork and is available for streaming now at this location or via Youtube below:
After having taken forward-thinking extreme music to unprecedented heights over the course of their relatively brief career, Richmond’s INTER ARMA are back with another opus of epic proportions. 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 over 71 minutes of expansive, progressive heaviness. Dense, funereal, and richly evocative, Paradise Gallows is a vibrant blend of doom, post-metal, sludge, avant-garde, black and death metal, and is a singular and powerful new addition to the band’s already monumental discography.
Paradise Gallows is due out July 8 on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical pre-orders, including limited vinyl colors and bundles, are available via Relapse.com at this location, and digital pre-orders can be found at Bandcamp here.
INTER ARMA have also announced a headlining tour with Georgia’s Withered that will see the bands tearing through the US for a month this coming July and August. A full list of dates is available below.
INTER ARMA Live:
***All Dates With Withered***
Jul 5 Washington DC DC9
Jul 6 Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle
Jul 8 NYC/Brooklyn NY St Vitus
Jul 9 Boston MA Great Scott
Jul 10 Buffalo NY Waiting room
Jul 11 Cleveland OH Grog Shop
Jul 12 Detroit MI Pike Room
Jul 13 Chicago IL Empty Bottle
Jul 14 Milwaukee WI Cactus Club
Jul 15 Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry
Jul 16 Fargo ND The Aquarium
Jul 19 Seattle WA Barboza
Jul 20 Portland OR Dour Fir
Jul 22 San Francisco CA Thee Parkside
Jul 23 Glendale CA Complex
Jul 24 San Diego CA Soda Bar
Jul 25 Phoenix AZ Rebel Lounge
Jul 28 San Antonio TX Limelight
Jul 29 Austin TX Sidewinder
Jul 30 Dallas TX Three Links
Jul 31 New Orleans LA Gasa Gasa
Aug 1 Birmingham AL Spring Street Firehouse
Aug 2 Atlanta GA The Earl
Aug 3 Asheville NC Mothlight
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 Cavern, INTER ARMA are poised to return with their heaviest and most multifaceted work to date.
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