Label: Relapse Records - RR7340 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album, Limited Edition Blue Electric With Gold Splatter • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Doom Metal, Black Metal, Psychedelic Rock
Since releasing 's SundownVirginia's Inter Arma have thwarted all attempts at pigeonholing their mercurial sound. Given the mind-melting ambition and expansiveness of Paradise Gallowsthe word "heavy" should suffice from here on.
While they've always referenced sources from obvious to obscure, Inter Arma have courted an otherness that reaches outside metal's confines. This quintet has created a labyrinthian minute behemoth here. The brief "Nomini" commences with a lone fingerpicked acoustic Inter Arma - Paradise Gallows before Trey Dalton and Steven Russell 's twinned Southern psychedelic guitar leads pierce through amid rattling kick drums and floor toms. What follows is the crushing, slow-churning grind of "An Archer in the Emptiness.
Drummer T. Childers alternates between processional cymbals, Inter Arma - Paradise Gallows drums, and blastbeat snare mayhem, shuttling various time and riff changes as vocalist Mike Paparo narrates in an unrighteously Inter Arma - Paradise Gallows growl.
Paparo 's shrieks amid the blistering guitar and bass dissonance are chilling especially near the five-minute mark. The even longer "Primordial Wound" is a portrait of 21st century Sabbathian funeral doom that's nearly glacial in its pace.
The only relief is a complete bass dropout in the second half, with Paparo 's nearly inhuman squawking that warps the groove into something unrecognizable. The nearly blissed-out heaviness of "The Summer Drones" is haunted by feedback, incessant cymbals, and Joe Kerkes ' inventive bassline behind alternating clean and dirty vocals.
The hyper-strummed guitar crescendos shapeshift between crushing sludge and prog changes. The tense melodicism of the opener returns on "Potomac" as if it were actually a literal James Galway Plays Nielsen* - James Galway Plays Nielsen of the opener with the addition of swelling acoustic piano and shimmering cymbals before those glorious twin leads move it to the horizon.
At nearly 12 minutes, the title track possesses a spoken word passage that hovers above a breezy psychedelic vamp that directly references Dark Side Take Six - Electro-Stride the Moon -era Pink Floyd -- though it reaches into far darker, more damaging territory -- with great guitar solos to boot.
The breakneck drum kit Skin Her Alive - Dismember - Like An Ever Flowing Stream Inter Arma - Paradise Gallows "Violent Constellations" is off the rails, but it's ultimately too long for the two-chord Swans -like riff to hold for the duration. Paparo sings clean and melodic as slide acoustic guitars, reverbed atmospherics, and layered harmony vocals frame his lyrics.
Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Recording Date September 19, - October 2, Track Listing. Inter Arma. An Archer in the Emptiness. Primordial Wound. The Summer Drones.
The Paradise Gallows. Violent Constellations. Where the Earth Meets the Sky. TJ Childers.
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