Richmond’s INTER ARMA, reigning masters of the slow build, share the “Howling Lands” video less than two weeks before the official release of Sulphur English.
Watch the music video, directed by Marcos Morales (Dirt City Studio), today via YouTube.
Additionally, INTER ARMA will perform at Decibel’s Metal & Beer Fest Pre-Fest and celebrate the release of Sulphur English with labelmates Integrity, Full of Hell & Devil Master next week in addition to the Saint Vitus 8th Anniversary show. INTER ARMA’s tour with Thantifaxath begins May 14, travels through 23 cities and ends June 7. All confirmed tour dates are available below.
INTER ARMA’s impulses tend toward the epic, but never bloat; they meld several styles — doom, sludge, and hard psych — without coming off like dilettantes. This newest full-length, Sulphur English, finds them mining deeper in the proggy organic doom fields that made both Paradise Gallows and Sky Burial so thrilling while expanding further the on the psych-folk strain that made those albums’ peaks seem so lofty.
Few metal bands have ever made such effective use of acoustic instruments in truly heavy environments as INTER ARMA do; the acoustic guitar that stitches “Stillness” together is as effective as any overdriven bass; a two-minute gloomy piano-and-feedback piece titled “Observances of the Path” rolls out the carpet for “The Atavist’s Meridian,” an album highlight that rides a gigantic, roomy drum sound into realms akin to a murkier Paradise Lost, a more aggressive Om, and a dreamier, more stoned Kylesa all playing together at once. Few bands make music as engrossing as INTER ARMA; their lengthy, almost meditative songs rumble patiently forward until you’re ready to get thrown off a bridge — and then they throw you, with great force.
Sulphur English is due out April 12th on CD/2xLP/Digital. Physical packages are available for pre-order via Relapse.com. Digital Downloads / Streaming Services are available here. Listen to the previously released singles “Citadel” here & “The Atavist’s Meridian” here.
INTER ARMA – on tour:
April 12 Philadelphia, PA @ Decibel Metal & Beer Fest
April 13 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus 8th Anniversary
May 14 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight ^
May 15 Nashville, TN @ Drkmttr ^
May 16 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone ^
May 17 Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s ^
May 18 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar ^
May 19 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club ^
May 21 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room ^
May 22 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive ^
May 23 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar ^
May 24 Flagstaff, AZ @ Green Room ^
May 25 Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room ^
May 26 San Diego, CA @ Space Bar ^
May 27 Los Angeles, CA @ Resident ^
May 28 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro ^ #
May 29 Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s ^ #
May 30 Portland, OR @ High Water Mark ^ #
May 31 Seattle, WA @ Northwest Terror Fest
June 1 Boise, ID @ Bump HQ ^ * #
June 2 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^ * #
June 4 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown ^
June 5 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry ^
June 6 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s ^
June 7 Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s ^
^ = w/ Thantifaxath
* = w/ KEN Mode
# = w/ Wayfarer