Posts Tagged ‘relapse records’

Inter Arma To Appear Wild and Untamed at Roadburn 2017

Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Inter Arma stopped off in Tilburg back in 2014; the band were on tour through Europe and played a euphoric set at the then-smaller Green Room at the 013 venue. Those stood in the centre of the room at the beginning of the set were shifted on the tide of the crowd as it swelled right out of the door and spilled into the bar outside. People stood on tip toes to glimpse the band over the rhythmic, congregational head banging from inside the room.

For a band that appear wild and untamed on stage, Inter Arma are an incredibly tight and skilfully perfected ensemble. Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, the five piece cause merry hell; traversing through sweeping instrumental passages into pummelling doom with the greatest of ease, and helmed by Mike Paparo’s distinctive howl.

Their latest album, Paradise Gallows is head-spinning in the sheer changeable nature of its contents, but not once throughout does the quality dip. Not once is energy expended on the unnecessary – every layer, every sound plays an essential part of the overall composition. If juxtapositions and unlikely combinations are Inter Arma’s thing, then they do it extremely well.

It’s unlikely that many attending Roadburn back in 2014 would have expected to emerge from the Green Room declaring themselves to have had a religious experience in there with a guy in tiny pink shorts, brandishing a tree branch. But in fact, they did. As a band, they remain challenging and exciting (in 2014 they released the ambitious 45 minute long song / album, The Cavern), as a live act, they are truly captivating, which is why we are thrilled to welcome them back to Roadburn Festival. Pink shorts and tree branch optional.

Inter Arma will perform at Het Patronaat on Sunday, April 23.

Roadburn Festival 2017 will take place April 20-23 at the 013 venue, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Tickets will be on sale from October 20.

Becky Laverty, October 2016.


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Album of the Day 16 – Lifespan of a Moth

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It’s now been nearly a decade since Los Angeles sludge metallers 16 — aka -(16)- — were reactivated. In that time, they’ve toured the US and Europe, reissued early material via Relapse Records, which seems to have been the home they were looking for all […]

Album of the Day: Ecstatic Vision – Sonic Praise

Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Ecstatic Vision want to get you high. On the band’s five-song and very fun debut LP, Sonic Praise, the three Philadelphia bros holler about an “astral plane where our herb will suffice,” urge their audience to forego homes and bosses for a trip “through the astral […]

Album of the Day: Goblin Rebirth – Goblin Rebirth

Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Ravenous Monster Horror Webzine: It’s pretty much impossible to imagine Italian horror cinema without also thinking of Goblin. Their eerie cinematic soundscapes provided the soundtrack to sudden bloody death and the arrival of demonic evil. I would argue that their soundtrack to Suspiria is not only the […]

Album of the Day: Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors

Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Often bands are formed for a shared love of similar tastes of music. Not only born out of eclectic tastes, Royal Thunder have absorbed these influences into their music to produce an unusual hybrid of Progressive Rock, Classic Rock, Indie, Goth and Grunge. This makes Royal […]

Album of the Day: Zombi – Anthology

Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Praise for Zombi‘s Anthology from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Thanks Relapse, you’ve been doin’ some great reissue work lately, this is one of several old faves we’re listing this week that you’ve brought back (see also Bedemon and Pan-Thy-Monium). We originally listed this on CD only, which was super limited, […]

Album of the Day: Pan-Thy-Monium – Khaooohs & Kon-Fus-Ion

Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Praise for Pan-Thy-Monium‘s Khaooohs & Kon-Fus-Ion from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: What in the name of Raagoonshinnaah? Relapse has reissued this old eccentric AQ-fave on vinyl! It’s a “Zornified” slab of surreal death metal from the twisted genius mind of Dan Swano (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Karaboudjan, Witherscape, etc., etc.), […]

Album of the Day: Bedemon – Child Of Darkness

Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Praise for Bedemon‘s Child of Darkness from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: This was originally released as a European import on Black Widow, then there was a domestic CD, but that was almost ten years ago and has been long out of print, so Relapse just did ’70s proto-metal / garage […]

Album of the Day: Tau Cross – Tau Cross

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Treblezine: Three-quarters of international metal super team Tau Cross come from a hardcore / crust punk background. Guitarists Jon Misery and Andy Lefton put in work in gnarled Minneapolis crust purveyors Misery and War/Plague, respectively. And the band’s bassist and vocalist Rob “The Baron” Miller is the […]

Album of the Day: Torche – Restarter

Posted on Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: While the title immediately evokes connotations for the band itself, the fact remains that Torche‘s Restarter could just as easily refer to an interpersonal relationship or someone who decides to go back and beat Super Mario 3 again. The lyrics for the song itself, which closes out Torche‘s 10-track / 39-minute Relapse […]