Inter Arma is a metal quintet from Richmond, Virginia. Their mercurial sound continually references genre styles that include doom, psychedelic sludge, black metal, prog, and 1970s, riff-centric heavy metal.
The band was formed in 2006 with vocalist Mike Paparo, drummer T.J. Childers, guitarists Steven Russell
and Trey Dalton, and bassist Joe Kerkes. The singer and guitarists are also members of Bastard Sapling
. After rehearsing and playing a few local shows, they issued an untitled live demo in 2007, followed by a studio demo a year later consisting of two tracks that showcased their blackened Southern approach. In January of 2010, their track "The Calm Before the Shit Storm" was released on the A-side of a split 7" EP with Battlestar through Mirror Universe Records. Sundown, their debut full-length, appeared from Forcefield
in April. It was well reviewed in the metal press and provided greater opportunities for Inter Arma to tour nationally. Their intense live performances established their reputation for challenging and forceful music, while their recordings sought to reinterpret their live presence. In 2012, their four-track EP Destroyer brought them to the attention of Relapse Records
, who signed them. They continued a relentless touring pace, sharing stages with a host of like-minded bands including Cough
, Royal Thunder
, Black Tusk
, and Russian Circles
. The pre-release digital single "'Sblood" was issued by Relapse in January 2013, followed by the widely acclaimed Sky Burial in March.