INTER ARMA: Exclusive Track From Relapse LP Exposed Through The Obelisk; Band Confirms New SXSW-Based Tour Dates

Richmond-based doom purveyors INTER ARMA are preparing for their most dynamic material yet to hit the public, in the form of their Relapse debut, the crushing Sky Burial LP, now just two weeks from worldwide release.

Amidst praise from media outlets internationally over recent weeks — even dating into 2012 with Decibel Magazine, BrooklynVegan and others placing them in the “most anticipated bands of 2013” circuit — INTER ARMA backs up these anticipated hopes and claims on Sky Burial. Already known for coalescing elements of doom, psychedelic sludge, grind, black metal and more through massive riffs and nontraditional “metal” elements into a sound of their own, on the new effort the band incorporates further experimentation with noise and programming, along with elements of classic Southern Americana.

Today, the taskmaster over at The Obelisk has hosted an exclusive stream of “Westward” from Sky Burial, joined by in-depth musical and lyrical commentary on the creation of the track… RIGHT HERE.

Previously, the more than ten-minute seismic upheaval of “The Survival Fires” was released via NPR, and the surge of “‘sblood” released through the Relapse Youtube channel.

In addition to their previously announced tour with Mutilation Rise leading up to SXSW and far beyond, this week INTER ARMA also confirms a slew of additional tour dates. New shows preceding already announced dates have been confirmed — including a hometown record release show in Richmond on March, 7th — as well as new shows throughout the original tour and new blast of Northeastern US shows with the likes of Men’s Room, Earthling and more in mid-late April.

INTER ARMA Live Actions:
3/07/2013 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA – Sky Burial record release show
3/08/2013 31st Pub – Pittsburgh, PA

INTER ARMA w/ Mutilation Rites:
3/09/2013 Cincy by the Slice – Cincinnati, OH
3/10/2013 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
3/11/2013 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
3/13/2013 House of Vans/Mohawk – Austin, TX @ Pitchfork Show No Mercy SXSW Showcase w/ Skeletonwitch, Pallbearer, Trash Talk, Royal Thunder, Power Trip, Mutilation Rites, Vattnet Viskar, Pinkish Black, Batillus, Wet Lungs, Encrust [Free/No RSVP]
3/15/2013 Emo’s – Austin, TX @ Brooklyn Vegan SXSW Day Party w/ Baptists, Batillus, Royal Thunder, KEN Mode, Pallbearer, Today is the Day [Free/No RSVP]
3/15/2013 The Annex – Austin, TX @ March Madness w/ A Life Once Lost, Mutilation Rites, Homewrecker, Full of Hell, Call of the Void, Loma Prieta, Kill The Client
3/16/2013 Red 7 – Austin, TX @ Relapse Records/Chaos In Tejas Showcase w/ Howl, ASG, Royal Thunder, Call of the Void and Black Tusk
3/18/2013 War Room – El Paso, TX
3/19/2013 Chasers – Phoenix, AZ
3/20/2013 Moustache Bar – Tijuana, Mexico
3/21/2013 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA
3/22/2013 Mayas – Corona, CA
3/23/2013 Rock City – Camarillo, CA
3/24/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
3/25/2013 Colony – Sacramento, CA
3/26/2013 Highline – Seattle, WA
3/27/2013 The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
3/28/2013 Rotture – Portland, OR
3/29/2013 The Shredder – Boise, ID
3/30/2013 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
3/31/2013 Aqualungs – Denver, CO
4/01/2013 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
4/02/2013 Medusa – Minneapolis, MN
4/03/2013 High Noon – Madison, WI
4/04/2013 Franks Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI

INTER ARMA w/ Men’s Room:
4/05/2013 TBA – Ft. Wayne, IN
4/06/2013 house show – Columbus, OH

INTER ARMA w/ Earthling:
4/21/2013 Slims – Raleigh, NC
4/22/2013 Blue Nile – Harrisonburg, VA
4/23/2013 The Lab – Washington DC
4/24/2013 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
4/25/2013 TBA – Providence, RI
4/26/2013 Democracy Center – Boston, MA
4/27/2013 St. Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
4/28/2013 Golden West Café – Baltimore, MD

“Furious blast beats mimic the beating of wings. Raw shrieks bring to mind fighting birds. Soaring guitars, including a few licks that would have done David Gilmour proud at Pompeii, lift listeners above the cacophony, then slam them back to earth and keep them pinned there in a fury of blackened doom.” – Decibel

“…The Survival Fires is about musical narrative and setting the stage for the next act, be it a Pink Floyd-ian jam or something akin to the Fantastic Four’s Thing yelling, ‘It’s clobberin’ time!’ – NPR

“…a huge, more open-ended mix of doom, sludge, groove metal, Southern acoustic ambiance, and filthy psychedelia… a great band, with a masterful new record, and no real gimmicks.” – Pitchfork

“…the five-piece organically combines southern grooves, black metal and doom to create their best release yet. It’s melodic, melancholic, pummeling, and very repeatable.” – Invisible Oranges

“…a doomier version of Ulcerate” – MetalSucks

“…drums work through multiple feels under the same guitar motif; instruments duck in and out of view; vocals ricochet around in caves at the top of the mix… The Survival Fires begs to be explored.” – Stereogum

“The drum line is a galvanic charge all by itself, and when the guitars come in… it sounds like bridges collapsing.” – No Clean Singing