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Inter Arma "Sundown" LP

Posted on Thursday, May 27th, 2010 @ 6:33am » permalink

Inter Arma - SundownBeing the out-of-the-loop hermit that I am, Inter Arma is yet another band from here in Richmond, VA that I had never heard of prior to receiving this album for review. I believe "Sundown" is the band's first full-length outing (released by Forcefield Records), and after a 40-second intro consisting of soft, melodic piano, things burst forth with harsh, unrelenting screams over an unexpected (and shockingly fluid) mix of black metal and sludge. The sludgier aspects of the riffing definitely have that southern-tinged groove happening, but they're certainly not overly rocked out or what have you, and that's probably what helps them blend so well with the blasting percussion and discordant tremolo picking runs that creep into the song structures from time to time. The majority of the compositions surpass six minutes, but they keep things moving with a number of tempo changes and occasional forays into slow, pounding rhythms with a little hypnotic repetition happening, as well as lightly "progressive" elements during some of the instrumental breaks. There are some pretty damn raging solos in a few spots as well, not to mention a nice acoustic instrumental, so… expect a lot of cool surprises and twists throughout. Everything's topped off by an excellently appropriate recording that keeps things fairly dry and rugged, so there's a lot of natural warmth to the mix and the tones/textures have that "right there in the room" kind of feel. Here's an excerpt from one of the tracks that covers enough ground to give you an idea of what's in store here:

Inter Arma "All Time Low" (excerpt)

All copies of the LP come with digital downloads, so you should be good to go even if you don't spin vinyl all that often…


@ Forcefield Records
@ Forcefield Records (colored vinyl)


  1. Birkir says:

    Interesting song that I enjoyed until the Iron Monkey part kicked in. Not that I dislike Iron Monkey. I just think it could have done without it.
    Good review.
    Incredible amount of presentable bands coming out of VA.

  2. This is a cool record with some surprising colors amongst all its punishment.

  3. Jack says:

    Heard a lot about but not heard a lot of.

    Have that demo that RE posted a while back.

  4. Sounds very promising, will check it out.

  5. Simon says:

    Don't know why I'm just seeing this write-up now. I love this band!

    When they played their DC show last August, they opened the set with an expansive 15-minute epic (part 1 of 2!), and then played a Cro-Mags cover. They have some intense energy or chemistry when they play live, so its definitely a band not to be missed.

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