Now a decade-plus into their career, Inter Arma are fully hitting their stride. They’ve always been a band with their own distinct vibe and one worth watching — I first got on board during the Sky Burial album cycle (2013) — but I feel as if now, on their fourth full-length album, they’ve finally fully distilled what it means to be Inter Arma… their Inter Arma-ness, as it were. Put another way: they’re killing.
“Citadel,” the first single from their forthcoming album Sulphur English, was an absolute ripper, and their latest, “The Atavist’s Meridian,” continues in that vein with a bit more of the guitar-based atmospherics for which Inter Arma have become known. The 12+ minute track takes the band’s trademark brutality and mixes it with a Neurosis-ian sense of post-metal dynamics, bringing you up, down, around and everywhere in between. It’s the kind of song you’re going to want to listen to with a good pair of headphones and the proper mindset with which to devote your attention. Frank Huang, MetalSucks’ go-to video producer and editor, created the trippy visualizer for the clip.
For those wondering, an The Free Dictionary defines an atavist as “an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism.” So I suppose the atavist’s meridian would be the center of that. Learn something new every day!
Sulphur English comes out April 12th on Relapse; pre-order here.
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