Inter Arma (10 year anniversary), Withered, Immortal Bird

Inter Arma (10 year anniversary), Withered, Immortal Bird

Immortal Bird

Sat, February 18, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 18 and over

From their humble beginnings at the infamous Bonezone and throughout the Southeast, INTER ARMA has had quite an impressive 10 year history that's brought them all over North America and Europe as they've unleashed 3 LPs, 2 EPs (that are as long as most LPs), a small batch of splits/demos and probably 3 dozen tributes/covers. These hometown heroes sold out Hardywood on their last play here and we imagine for this one-off they will be performing a very special set for the long-time fans who have been there from the start. They'll be joined by friends from Atlanta and Chicago in WITHERED and IMMORTAL BIRD and we should be announcing a special guest opener very soon!

Inter Arma
Inter Arma
INTER ARMA's music resists generalization and categorization, but if there's one thing that's
consistently true, it's that the VA quintet possesses an unparalleled sense of scope. Few artists today accurately convey the complexity that INTER ARMA (Latin for "in times of war") does – the band creates terrible and often hauntingly beautiful portraits of humanity through music that is deeply organic yet
still mystical and modern. INTER ARMA are just as committed to the live circuit as they are to their records: the band has performed extensively throughout Europe and the US, sharing the stage with the likes of Kylesa, Baroness, Cough, Royal Thunder, Black Tusk, Ulcerate, Russian Circles, Windhand, and dozens of others. INTER ARMA's raw, uninhibited approach merges doom metal, psychedelic sludge, black metal, prog and more, and over the course of the last ten years, has established the band as a uniquely
innovative force in contemporary extreme metal.
Founded in Richmond in 2006, the versatile and genre-defying five-piece released their debut full-
length Sundown via Forcefield Records in 2010, and like all great artists, had a well-defined sound right from the start. Sundown found INTER ARMA widespread critical acclaim, and, combined with the
band's relentless touring schedule and DIY grit, quickly helped INTER ARMA make a name for themselves in the underground. Following Sundown, the band released the 12′′ EP Destroyer via Toxic Assets Records. That record was strong enough to catch the attention of Relapse Records, who signed INTER ARMA later in 2012, and in 2013, the band unleashed the monolithic Sky Burial, a doomy, hour-long excursion through unpredictable textures and timbres. Just two years later, the band followed Sky Burial with The Cavern, a 45+ minute, single-song EP. Originally written during the summer of 2009, then slowly reworked and perfected, The Cavern was recorded in 2013 during breaks from the band's non-stop tours. Both The Cavern and Sky Burial were widely hailed as some of the best records of their respective years and garnered INTER ARMA accolades from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone, and many
other publications worldwide.
Two years after The Cavern, INTER ARMA are poised to return with their heaviest and most multifaceted work to date. Paradise Gallows is more than an hour of lush, colorful melodies and textures blended with the heaviness of the earth's impending death. Like the band's previous works, the new album Paradise Gallows is direct and foreboding while maintaining a nuanced, artful perspective. INTER ARMA's signature palette of dissonant high-end and abyssal low-end has been augmented with swathes of thick, impressionistic melody that lend Paradise Gallows a truly biblical sense of scale, both lyrically and in terms of the album's sonic content. Harsh and acoustic passages (including the band's first-ever foray into clean vocals) spar with complex rhythmic structures across nine sweeping tracks of expansive, progressive heaviness. The album was again recorded with Mikey Allred (Yautja, Hivelords) at Dark Art Audio in Nashville, and features gorgeous cover art by Orion Landau. Dense, funereal, and richly evocative, Paradise Gallows is a rich blend of doom, post-metal, sludge, and black and death metal, and is a singular and powerful new addition to the band's already monumental discography.
Withered
Withered
Withered formed in mid 2003 by Chris Freeman and Mike Thompson (founding members of the political/crust/grind outfit, Social Infestation). Coming out of a dark period riddled with death & depression, they were driven to explore the darker attributes of life and created a torturous yet liberating form of music. they accomplished this by combining norwegian black metal anguish, early swedish death metal riffing, modern american doom, and dramatic guitar melodies all while still clinging to their punk and grind roots. to culminate this, they needed an unrelenting percussion force. they called upon long time friend and accomplished drummer, Wes Kever (ex puaka balava w/ Mike T.). after writing a few songs they realized it was time to find the bassist that could audibly obliterate their listeners. They called upon Greg Hess (ex leechmilk). His menacing sludgy background helped cultivate withered's intense sound. withered immediately started touring and stirring up a frenzy in the eastern US with a 3 song demo.

Lifeforce records took notice of the bands efforts and a contract was inked in early '05. their debut album "memento mori" was released in fall 2005 and gained incredible praise throughout the world. Decibel magazine gave "Memento Mori" the 4th position in their "top 40 albums of 2005". Every song on "Memento Mori" reminds you that death is patiently awaiting your inevitable arrival and that you can either welcome it with open arms or be dragged into it kicking and screaming. Songs like "the fear and pain that cripples me" are an unrelenting force of grind and metal while the almost nine minute epic "like locusts" embraces the darkest corners of life & conciousness with lulling guitar melodies, majestic riffage, and blistering verses.

2006 was a tough year. Withered parted ways with Greg Hess and Wes Kever just after completing a successful tour supporting Vital Remains and Dismember. They had to step down due to their family obligations and inability to tour at Withered's pace. In Early '07, withered recruited Mike Longoria and Beau Brandon. Both hail from El Paso, TX (eventually moving to Atlanta) where they had known each other for decades and had played together in numerous bands (founding member's of Waited). Their history together provided the foundation for creating a formidable rhythm section. They have been able to over-fill some pretty big shoes left behind by Hess and Kever and have taken withered's music to the next level.

In December '07, withered signed to Prosthetic records. their 2nd full length was immediately named "one of the top 25 most anticipated albums of 2008" by Decibel magazine. "Folie Circulaire" hit the streets on June 24th of '08 and is already gaining tremendous praise. It transcends all sub-genres of extreme music effortlessly and with unsurpassed continuity. The lyrical content and theme of the album challenges you to open your mind and consider humanity's ugly truths. It features a cover of Necrophobic's Into Armageddon and Barney Greenway (Napalm Death) makes a guest vocal appearance on two tracks.
Immortal Bird
Immortal Bird
Crusty, blackened, and uncomfortably angry.
'Empress/Abscess' LP out now.

"Dark and twisting, Akrasia refuses to be pigeonholed. Often proggy, sometimes doomy, and other times quite beautiful, it offers surprises around every sudden corner." -Decibel Magazine

"One of the most ferocious things you'll hear in 2014. Immortal Bird have delivered a septic, gnawing, and phenomenal debut here." - Kerrang! Magazine

"Sick and greasy black metal that does an admirable job inventing the sound of a mind tearing itself apart." - The Chicago Reader
Venue Information:
Strange Matter
929 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://strangematterrva.com/