Richmond’s INTER ARMA, reigning masters of the slow build, unveil the second single from Sulphur English.
INTER ARMA have announced US headline tour dates throughout May and June with Thantifaxath, and will see additional support by KEN Mode and Wayfarer on select dates. Additionally, INTER ARMA is slated to perform two exclusive shows in April. These include Decibel’s Metal & Beer Fest Pre-Fest and Saint Vitus Bar’s 8th Anniversary concert. A full list of 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.
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 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 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