The Cavern

by Inter Arma

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Inter Arma follow up their universally acclaimed ‘Sky Burial’ with the epic 40+ minute one-song ‘The Cavern’ ep. Recorded during breaks from the relentless touring the band did on the ‘Sky Burial’ album with the likes of Baroness, Russian Circles and more, this new ep is the ultimate exhibition of the genius that Inter Arma have always hinted at. Unparalleled musicianship meets the soulfully deranged vocalis of Mike Paparo to create one of the most impressive pieces of metal to be released this year. Shifting from Americana laced Black Metal to doom to stoner rock to prog all within a single song, Inter Arma’s ‘The Cavern’ is an opus that will surely be heralded for years to come along the likes of Sleep’s ‘Dopesmoker’ as a work of true artistic vision and endurance.

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released 14 October 2014

The Cavern was recorded from August 9-18, 2013 at Dark Art Audio in Madison, TN. Mixed from November 2013 through January 2014. Mastered in February 2014. Engineering, mixing and mastering helmed by Mikey Allred. Meg Mulhearn's violin recorded by Travis Kammeyer at Fahrenheit Studios, Johnson City TN on December 5th, 2013. Dorthia Cottrell's vocals recorded by Garrett Morris at the Dark Room Studios in Richmond, VA during January of 2014.

T.J. Childers: Drums, guitars, acoustic guitars, lap steel, synthesizers, piano, noise, wizard stick
Trey Dalton: Guitars
Joe Kerkes: Bass
Mike Paparo: Vocals
Steven Russell: Guitars

Guests:
Mikey Allred: Bowed bass, synthesizers, organ
Dorthia Cottrell: Vocals
Jon Liedtke: Synthesizers, theremin
Meg Mulhearn: Violins
Shibby Poole: Synthesizers

The Cavern is a composition originally written during the spring and summer months of 2009. It was never recorded and only played live a handful of times. It was destined to be lost to the sands of time until Drew at Relapse Records learned of it's existence. We'd like to thank the staff of Relapse Records for giving us the opportunity to record and release The Cavern the way we had always intended to.
- Inter Arma January, 2014

The Cavern is respectfully dedicated to the memory of Creighton B. Wright and Peggy Scates-Hinson.

Relapse Records 2014
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Track Name: The Cavern
The sun stings my faded eyes
on this burning morn.
No refuge in sight.
No breath to cull a cry.

Dragging my broken bones
in a trail of dust behind me.
Under the dispiriting watch
of the soulless, blinding eye.

Rising from the desert
an exiled peak stands forlorn.
A vast fortress whose facade
defies the will of all men.
Crawling from the desert
an exiled man weeps forlorn.
A frail vessel whose will
has been defied by all men.

In the shadow of a gnarled tree
at the foot of the peak, I collapse.
And with one last remaining thought
I yearn for a grave in which to lie.

Rising from the desert
an exiled peak stands forlorn.
A vast fortress whose facade
defies the will of all men.
Crawling from the desert
an exiled man weeps forlorn.
A frail vessel whose will
has been defied by all men.

Can be this be the end?
Is this all I have left?
To die at the foot of this towering peak?

As night's hold creeps forward
a brilliant light appears from a concealed hollow.
I gather my strength and rise from the dust
for this strange light lures me forward.

It calls my name
It draws me near
It calls me name
It draws me near

I cross the threshold into this new realm
and with every step the light becomes brighter.
As exhaustion's clutch takes hold, I fall to the bank
of a shimmering pool as clear as glass.

Millions of brilliant lights dance and flicker from it's depths
and with a sigh I cup my hands and drink.
As my body falls numb and the light begins to fade
I know that in this cavern I'll die.

bird of prey
what is your place
down in the fields
trespasser divine
no hunger atones
and still you must weep
over the bones
and burn like the sun
bearing the load
there's no peace
not in the sky
not in the sea
down in the dirt
is where it must be
down in the earth
is where it must be
down in the dirt
is where it must be
down in the dirt
bird of prey
trespasser divine
how do you sleep
or measure the time
your hunger alone
must burn like the sun
and still you must weep
for everyone
for everyone

I awake to the howling of wind.
My breath like acrid smoke in this thin glacial air.

Where have I gone?
I try to shake off the confusion
and when I rise to my feet
I look out...
How am I standing at the summit of this lonesome peak?

Where have I gone?

The night sky splits and from it's wound
bleeds a spiraling aurora.
As this spectacle draws closer
a figure appears.
An ethereal woman whose long hair veils her face.
She offers me her hand and tells me to not be afraid.
I take it and she pulls me to her breast.
"Don't be afraid, don't be afraid" she says
as everything turns black.