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Paradise Gallows

by Inter Arma

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Ippocalyptica Many reviews have accurately described the masterful blend of sludge, doom, and progressive metal (with a dash of black) that defines Paradise Gallows, but another sub-genre, and perhaps the most important here, is often overlooked: stoner rock. This draws you into the zone right away and holds you there for the duration, and this zone is dark, crushing, and nearly hopeless. The guitar work is beautifully droning, but the cascading drumming deserves special praise. Inter Arma’s best! Favorite track: Transfiguration.
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Dethroned The artwork alone drew me in like a moth to a flame. Right away I'm reminded of what Gojira did with 'Terra Incognita,' perhaps not as extreme as far as musicianship, but the scale is there, or on here I should say. This is something to witness and experience all together. This is monumental and I feel as though a lot of bands reach for this sound but somehow fall short. Inter Arma delivered it and on a silver platter. Cheers from Colorado! Favorite track: An Archer in the Emptiness.
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Jon The Pink Floyd of extreme metal lol Favorite track: An Archer in the Emptiness.
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After already having taken forward-thinking extreme music to unprecedented heights over the course of their short but propulsive career, Richmond's INTER ARMA are back with another opus of epic proportions. Like the band's previous works, the new album 'Paradise Gallows' is direct and foreboding while maintaining a nuanced, artful perspective. INTER ARMA's signature palette of dissonant high-end and abyssal low-end has been augmented with swathes of thick, impressionistic melody that lend 'Paradise Gallows 'a truly biblical sense of scale, both lyrically and in terms of the album's sonic content. Harsh and acoustic passages (including the band's first-ever foray into clean vocals) spar with complex rhythmic structures across nine sweeping tracks over 71 minutes of expansive, progressive heaviness. Dense, funereal, and richly evocative, 'Paradise Gallows' is a vibrant blend of doom, post-metal, sludge, avant-garde, black and death metal, and is a singular and powerful new addition to the band's already monumental discography.


released July 8, 2016

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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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