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Merging doom, psychedelic sludge, grind, black metal and mighty mighty riffs to create a sound wholly their own, INTER ARMA deliver their Relapse debut ‘Sky Burial’, easily an early contender for heavy music record of the year. Emerging from the ever-fertile metal breeding grounds of Richmond, Virginia, Inter Arma have spent the last few years touring relentlessly, perfecting a hypnotically punishing live show. ‘Sky Burial’ brings that focus onto record, and what a record it is. Truly heavy in all senses of the word, ‘Sky Burial’ is a spiritually intense journey through the halls of extreme metal. INTER ARMA have made a decisively loud proclamation with ‘Sky Burial’---this is a band that could very well be the next crown-holder in a regal line of iconic Relapse bands.

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released March 19, 2013

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Inter Arma Richmond, Virginia

INTER ARMA's music resists generalization and categorization, but one thing that's consistently true, is that the VA quintet possesses an unparalleled sense of scope. Few artists convey the complexity that INTER ARMA (Latin for "in times of war") does. The band creates terrible and often hauntingly beautiful portraits of humanity through music that is deeply organic yet still mystical and modern. ... more

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Track Name: The Survival Fires
Dust settles on a ravaged land
Cloaking the ruins beget by man
In this obscurity we rise to carve our way

Instinct is our only guide on these bondless paths
For we do not fear death, as it is all around
We must keep one step ahead of its voracious grasp

In these most perilous of times it is better
To have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hands

Our minds consumed with a narrow vision
To descry the shrouded ways that will lead us to our asylum Where the fires of hope still burn

In these most perilous of times it is better
To have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hands

We seek survival
We seek survival

All paths lead to the survival fires

With might in our hearts and lightning in our hands
We'll bow to none, we'll discern our way

All paths lead to the survival fires
All paths lead to the survival fires

Survival
Survival
Track Name: The Long Road Home
Life
Is a fleeting shadow
That dances across forgotten fields
Only to be lost at twilight

Wicked
Is the great night that follows
It is the sire of abhorrence
Its cruelty knows no boundary, no end

Wisdom
Let it guide your weary form
Through the gloom of night so you may
Sing your death song,
And die like a hero going home
Track Name: Destroyer
Stand among stars
Await the new sun
A triumphant sight
Trinity forms

Oh, what a stunning gleam

Robed in the cosmos
Await the new age
Proliferate disorder
Trinity blooms

Is this a savior
Culled from chaos?
Or a pariah
Born from disgust?

Oh, what a hideous din

Time is reborn
From perilous skies
Time is controlled
Through imperiled eyes

Comfort us o'destroyer
Light up the sky
Comfort me o'destroyer
Light up my eyes

Comfort us o'destroyer
Light up the world
Comfort me o'destroyer
Light up my soul
Track Name: 'sblood
I have been to the end of the earth
I have been to the end of the waters
I have been to the end of the sky
I have been to the end of the mountains
The Earth's infinite wisdom has taught that our fate will not be sealed in God's blood
Track Name: Westward
"If there is a Hell, this is what it looks like" she said staring out blankly towards the lonely expanse

"And on overcast nights that strangle down the stars, fires rage among the clouds. Distant beacons burning in a secret ritual"

Like a séance over Western sky

"Look at yourself" she said. "Your only companion is the dust that clings to every inch of your being. It canvases your face, your hands, your scars. You fear this. Your scars remind you that past is real. You must overcome this, you must continue westward. But tonight, I beg you, stay with me and we will count the fires raging among the clouds. We'll unlock the secrets of this ritual."

Like a séance over Western sky
Track Name: Sky Burial
At long last I have scaled
The spire to the sky
A stone's throw
To the heavens above

Far past the skylines of cities
Fading into ruination
Far pat the threadbare flags of nations
Spiraling into entropy

At this summit I'll feign death
To call forth the scavenger's clan

At long last I have scaled
The spire to the sky
A stone's throw
To the heavens above

Far past the crumbling monuments
To long forgotten triumph
Far past the stench of governments
Basking in irrevocable failure

At this summit I'll feign death
To call forth the scavenger's clan

I call to you oh foul beasts
Please descend upon me
For I am ready to cross the great divide
Into the hidden void
Black out the sky and I will close my eyes,
I will close my eyes

I fear not this somber fate

I call to you oh foul beasts
I call to you oh foul beasts
Black out the sky, Black out the sky
And I will close my eyes

As the scavenger's clan descends from the sky
I take one last glimpse
A legion of stygian wings coalesce to disavow the sun
I close my eyes, I close my eyes