The Cavern from Inter Arma is one of those large scale, post-Dopesmoker massive tracks that more ambitious artsy metal leaning types sometimes aim to compose these days. USX’s haunting and determined The Valley Path is my favorite ambitious one track long player of recent years, though Lesbian’s tripped out Forestelevision also comes to mind as a good one (except for the ridiculously silly the first time and annoying the next fake King Diamond part in the middle). Long story short, a lot of doomy bands seem to be making one “big statement” type song the last few years, but they have usually been worth indulging.
Inter Arma are hot on the heels of Sky Burial with this 40+ minute epic bump on the head. A pretty somber descent into the depths of sludge, brawny unified dark rock riffs and the new trend of Americana referencing black metal, the record nonetheless is more solid than scattershot. The performances feel more in tandem to the larger whole than haphazard, a slow and patient allowing of yourself down into the maw of this cavern with occasionally rapid and terrifying plunges.
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