Inter Arma
Sky Burial


4.5
superb

Review

by DropdeadWHA USER (35 Reviews)
March 15th, 2013 | 116 replies | 15,447 views


Release Date: 03/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A dark and tense journey into the void of Sky Burial.

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

The sky is grey; you walk along the dirt road in search of nothing but yourself. You feel the rain gently slide down your cheeks and you hear nothing but the sound of thunder. With flashes of lightning and the rain’s gradual heaviness, you realise this is torment; this is the sensation of being alone. Inter Arma’s sophomore effort ‘Sky Burial’ transports you to a place of pure desolation, with illusions of miserable architecture and miserable people. Inter Arma offer glimmers of hope and beauty smothered by realism. Sky Burial presents the miserable side of life and delivers it in an atmospheric form, creating an awe-inspiring experience.

Inter Arma are a blackened/southern metal band, their music is welded together by thick riffs that are filled with doom rhythms. Sky Burial features subtle foreboding synths accompanied by howling, black metal growls and shrieks, which are drenched in reverb. What Inter Arma strive to create is something that is murky, something that is ugly. Although, the album is remarkably polished, the production juxtaposes the music which feels dirty and lost, sounding like a plea for help. The instruments are pushed back into the mix, with nothing but the atmosphere driving the sound; only the slick, southern grooves and leads burst through the wall. These moments are something that you can’t quite comprehend until the music sinks its teeth into you. The guitar work is excellent; black metal riffs, southern grooves and doom-riddled chords set the stage. The guitarists play their instruments in a climactic manner and when they’re levelled with the atmosphere, it generates a spectacular fight for dominance. At times, the backbone of the music is purely hypnotic monotonous chords; that are drawn out, only to be separated by flashy fretwork. The drums pound alongside the murky sound-scape, creating a sense of apprehension. They invoke emotion; whether it’s chaotic blast-beats demonstrating ferocity or the tapping of drum sticks, presenting anguish. The vocals are not the key to this album and rightfully so, the purpose of Sky Burial is to show what atmosphere can do alone. Atmospherically, Sky Burial is dense and vast. The instruments and atmosphere carry the songs well, yet when the vocals are present it just builds upon the entire experience. With the vocals added into the melting pot, Sky Burial becomes a world of stylised torment.

If there are any flaws, it would be that Inter Arma stick to what works, the structure doesn’t vary all too much. The musical progression during Sky Burial can be static. The tracks are defined from one another but the over-arching sound can cause a feeling of similarity. Furthermore, the atmosphere can be too over-bearing, the constant deep, gut-wrenching rumbling and injections of fuzz can be too much. This over-emphasis isn’t needed as the atmosphere is the strongest aspect of the album.

Inter Arma have managed to create a versatile experience displaying the merging of many different genres.They've successfully created a cohesive, powerful sophomore effort. Whether it’s the overbearing, rumbling atmosphere at times akin to post-metal, the rock n’ roll riffs or the splashes of black metal; it offers a well-rounded listen for most. Sky Burial is a triumphant success, delivering an immersive, powerful listen.

Recommended tracks : s'blood, Destroyer, Iron Gate, Westward, Sky Burial



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DropdeadWHA
March 15th 2013



577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is out in Europe.
EDIT: here is a stream at pitchfork: http://pitchfork.com/advance/45-sky-burial/

lyzakthellama
March 15th 2013



1723 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh man, just saw them live and they were awesome. I need to check this out

FelixCulpa
March 15th 2013



1239 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is really awesome. s'blood is amazing.

ffs
March 15th 2013



4865 Comments


this band is good i will hear it

burningbeard
March 15th 2013



113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to the first track now and it sounds great. Getting a Remission/Leviathan era Mastodon vibe coming through. Album art is cool.

Evreaia
March 15th 2013



4018 Comments


sludge and black metal, sounded like something I'd dig, and it was!

Digging: Dornenreich - Freiheit

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2013



6011 Comments


Good review, pos.


one correction:

in a climatic manner

climactic


Listening to the stream right now, the album is very interesting.

Digging: Troldhaugen - Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez

DropdeadWHA
March 16th 2013



577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the pos, ill make the change. I'm glad people are liking this.

LilLioness
March 17th 2013



2496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am only just now getting around to listening to the full album (been loving "'sblood" is it debuted on the label's channel). I dig that the "The Long Road Home" tracks are really chill gooderaPinkFloyd type instrumentation. It changes up the album enough to make it a strong release (at least so far).

DropdeadWHA
March 17th 2013



577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sblood is one of the best songs.

CrimsonLies
March 18th 2013



2020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is definitely some awesome stuff

greg84
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2013



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Great review. The album is really solid.

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

DropdeadWHA
March 18th 2013



577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you! Yep, the album is a beast for sure.

Sunn177
March 21st 2013



285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great Album!I don't really see the recommendation to Dragged Into Sunlight or the black metal influence except at the end of "The Long Road Home" with the wretched vocals and some parts of the vocals on this album." 'Sblood", "Destoryer", and "Westward" are my favorites on here.

DropdeadWHA
March 22nd 2013



577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't recommend an album just based on how it sounds. I recommend based on four things: style/genre, feeling/vibe, atmosphere and similarity. Inter Arma are marketed as a black/southern metal band. The whole Black Metal question you've answered within your comment.

Sunn177
March 23rd 2013



285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^Really meant nothing bad by it or anything I just thought that those things were interesting thats
all.No disrespect and I'm sure the sound isn't the only thing you take into consideration when you
review.


scissorlocked
March 23rd 2013



3509 Comments


this is probably relapse's next big thing

this one has a subtle Neurosis vein but also goes beyond

Funeralopolis
March 23rd 2013



11231 Comments


"recommended:
lord mantis
dragged into sunlight"

i need to get this now

Digging: Miserylab - Void Of Life

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
March 23rd 2013



21791 Comments


Disappointment when this isn't a massive airy version of Burial

Digging: Gesaffelstein - Aleph

scissorlocked
March 23rd 2013



3509 Comments


Sky burial, or ritual dissection, is a funerary practice in Tibet, wherein a human corpse is incised in certain locations and placed on a mountaintop, exposing it to the elements (mahabhuta) and animals – especially predatory birds.

so metal



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