Inter Arma
The Cavern


4.5
superb

Review

by neurisis17 USER (20 Reviews)
November 7th, 2014 | 15 replies


Release Date: 10/14/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They did it again.

Since the release of 2013’s Sky Burial, Inter Arma have made more than a name for themselves in heavy metal. These Virginia natives have pooled doom, sludge, psych, prog, and black metal into a seamless and balanced stew of heaviness that truly is one of the most unique sounds in music today.

The Cavern (as per exposition in the liner notes) is a staggering composition that has been performed live by the band since about 2008, and only recently was discovered by the guys at Relapse Records. The knowledge of this piece alone was enough for the label to invest in its creation, and now we have a 40+ minute Inter Arma epic to enjoy.

Right off the bat, the band announce themselves by interrupting a melancholic introduction with a monolithic riff, which despite the simplicity, might be one of the best Inter Arma have recorded to date. As for the rest of side 1, another powerful riff, followed by a southern-tinged section of guitar noodling, and alternating sections of the first and second riff. There’s even a wizard stick (look it up) feature at the end of the first 18 minutes, which I applaud T.J. Childers for using with such gusto. The next 22 minutes are much more emotive (not to say the first half wasn’t), with more pronounced orchestral strings (hats off to Mikey Allread and Mug Mulhearn), quieter moments of reflection, and a damn good guest vocal from Windhand’s Dorthia Cottrell. Another thing about side 2, the balance of sheer technicality and expression is brilliant. The instrumental section from minute 27-34 is an other-worldly ride. Then things end nicely with a reprise of the theme riffs, and some white noise to bookend everything.

Inter Arma’s playing just seems to be at an all-time high on The Cavern. The soloing is the best it’s ever been, the percussion is still rumbly and precise and hectic and inventive (the snare work is superb here), Mike Paparo’s vocals are getting well refined, and the band is playing off one another with great ease. The Cavern covers a wide scope of musical ground in its run time, and displays musicians in the renaissance of their careers. Inter Arma yet again have released one of the best pieces of music of the year, and the release of this behemoth only makes whatever they come up with next that much more exciting.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
November 7th 2014


2431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty good, I'm really liking the inclusion of violins and melodic riffs alongside the sludge metal sound. The vocals for me are a little weak in comparison (compared to the instrumental work which is more or less spot on), but with parts of this song reminding me of Steak Number Eight I can only say more positive than negative things.

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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
November 7th 2014


2431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh and really good review too by the way, pos'd.

neurisis17
November 7th 2014


585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man, it's my first real review in a while so I feel a bit rusty.

neurisis17
November 7th 2014


585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man, it's my first real review in a while so I feel a bit rusty.

neurisis17
November 7th 2014


585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man, it's my first real review in a while so I feel a bit rusty.

zaruyache
November 7th 2014


17934 Comments


c-c-c-combo breaker!

neurisis17
November 7th 2014


585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha god damn

BlacKapes
November 7th 2014


1920 Comments


Thanks man, it's my first real review in a while so I feel a bit rusty.

zaruyache
November 7th 2014


17934 Comments


what a familiar avatar you got there

Pestiferous
November 7th 2014


1369 Comments


Oh so these guys did another album

Will listen tonight, good review

slimdaddy
November 8th 2014


448 Comments


Good review, where can I find it?

zaruyache
November 8th 2014


17934 Comments


google it ya goober.

or just go here

http://interarma.bandcamp.com/releases

Wizard
November 8th 2014


20128 Comments


I like the review, don't like the band at all.

Hodge-podge of ideas that are smashed together.

osmark86
December 23rd 2014


5540 Comments


personally I think they have their moments. I don't really have no qualms with the hodge-podgeness of ideas
been huddled together in a mish mosh fashion. it's a bit of a hit or miss approach, but generally they hit
it more than shoot off target im-e'er so humble-o .

chemicalmarriage
October 17th 2015


2851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome band, great tunes, good dudes. May 5 this one later hard to tell



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