Saturday, February 23, 2013

Inter Arma/Sky Burial/Relapse Records/2013 CD Review


 Inter  Arma  are  a  band  from  Virginia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal,  doom,  sludge,  psychedelic  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Sky  Burial"  which  was released  by  Relapse  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording,  as  for  the  synths  and  sound  effects  bring  a  very  dark  ambient  and  psychedelic  sound  to  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black metal,  doom,  sludge  and  grindcore  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  psychedelic  sounding  doom/sludge  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  full  chords  and  finger  picking  to  add  a  southern/classic  rock  feeling  to  the  recording  as  well  as  mixing  in  some  steel  and  slide  guitars.

  Vocals  range  from  high  pitched  black  metal/sludge  screams  with  some  deep  growls  being  used  at  times,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  powerful,  strong,  dark  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on this  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Inter  Arma  are  a  very  great  sounding hybrid  of  black  metal,  sludge,  doom,  grindcore  and  psychedelic  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Survival  Files"  "Destroyer"  and  "Sky  Burial".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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