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Inter Arma
Background information
Origin Richmond, Virginia, USA
Genres Southern Metal, Black Metal, Sludge Metal, Post-Metal
Years active 2007 - Present
Labels Forcefield, Relapse
Associated acts Windhand, Organ Donor, Bastard Sapling, War Graves, KEN Mode
Website Official Facebook
Band Logo
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Inter Arma is a band from Richmond, Virginia formed from members of black metal band Bastard Sapling. They are known for their blend of Southern, Black, Sludge and Post-Metal.


Formation and Early Years (2007 - 2012)[]

Inter Arma would form in 2006 in Richmond, releasing two demos and a split 7" with Battlemaster along with largely performing in the Virginia area.[1] The band would record and mix a debut album at The Mystic Fortress in Roanoke circa April 2009. Sundown would see release on 14 April 2010 to some critical buzz.[2][3] Several mini-tours would follow that year,[4] recording a follow-up release the next year.

A four-song EP in Destroyer would see release on 9 June 2012 via Toxic Assets. Two months later the band would sign with Relapse Records,[5] followed with touring alongside the likes of Pallbearer and Scott Kelly.[6]

Sky Burial and The Cavern (2013 - 2015)[]

Inter Arma would record their second album from 21 - 29 March 2012 at Dark Arts Studio with Mikey Allred. Upon signing with Relapse and making Decibel Magazine's "20 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013" list,[7] Sky Burial would see release on 15 March 2013 to critical praise.[8][9][10][11] To support the album Inter Arma would tour heavily throughout the United States, appearing at notable events such as SXSW, Hopscotch Music Festival and Boomslang.[12]

Between tours that Summer Inter Arma would record new material in "a forty-plus minute piece that was originally written during the summer of 2009 and only played out a few times".[13][14] Further touring would take place into the next year, including the band's first tour of Europe. A single song spanning nearly forty-six minutes, The Cavern would see release on 14 October 2014, with surrounding tours seeing the band performing the piece in full. 2015 would see the band touring the United States with Yautja for two months, followed by touring with Kylesa and Indian Handcrafts after recording new material.[15]

Paradise Gallows and Sulphur English (2016 - Present)[]

Recording again with Mikey Allred, Paradise Gallows would see release on 8 July 2016 to further critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork,[16] NPR,[17] and Metal Injection among others, the latter awarding a perfect 10/10 score.[18] The band would tour North America with Carcass and Deafheaven following a marquee appearance at Psycho Las Vegas.[19]

The next year would see Inter Arma tour Europe, which would include appearances at Roadburn Festival, Doom Over Liepzig and Desertfest London. North American tours would follow with the likes of Pallbearer and Pelican.[20] Work would begin on a fourth studio album in 2018 followed by a two-month tour of Europe alongside Deafheaven.[21] With the nine-minute "Stillness" as the lead single, Sulphur English would see release on 12 April 2019 to further critical acclaim.[22][23][24][25]

Inter Arma would tour Europe for two months to support Sulphur English following marquee shows in the United States.[26] A new EP would be announced in light of a canceled tour with Deafheaven due to the CO-VID19 Pandemic, with a covers EP in Garbers Days Revisited released on 10 July 2020.[27] This collection of covers would have Inter Arma re-imagining songs by Neil Young, Prince, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Hüsker Dü, Venom and Tom Petty.


Studio Albums[]

  • Sundown (2010, Forcefield)
  • Sky Burial (2013, Relapse)
  • Paradise Gallows (2016, Relapse)
  • Sulphur English (2019, Relapse)

Extended Plays[]

  • Destroyer (2012, Toxic Assets)
  • The Cavern (2014, Relapse)
  • Garbers Days Revisited (2020, Relapse)

Misc. Releases[]

  • Live Demo (2007, Independent)
  • 2008 Demo (2008, Independent)
  • Inter Arma / Battlemaster (Split with Battlemaster) (2010, Mirror Universe)
  • sblood (Single) (2013, Relapse Records)
  • Stillness (Single) (2019, Relapse Records)
  • Live at Club Congress (Live Album) (2020, Self-Released)
  • Hallucinatorium [2020 Version] (Digital Single) (2020, Decibel Magazine)


Current Members[]

  • Mike Paparo - Vocals (2006 - Present)
  • T.J. Childers - Drums (2006 - Present)
  • Steven Russell - Guitars (2006 - Present)
  • Trey Dalton - Guitars (2010 - Present)
  • Andrew LaCour - Bass (2018 - Present)
  • Jon Liedtke - Live Theremin (2013 - Present)

Former Members[]

  • Tommy Brewer - Bass (2006 - 2010)
  • Joe Mueller - Guitars (2006 - 2010)
  • Drew Goldy - Bass (2011 - 2012)
  • Joe Kerkes - Bass (2012 - 2018)
  • Mikey Allred - Live Keyboards, Organ, Theremin, Trombone (2017)

List of Known Tours[]

  • Sundown North American Tour (2010)[28]
  • Fall 2012 North American Tour (2012)[29]
  • Spring 2013 North American Tour (With Mutilation Rites) (2013)[30]
  • May/June 2013 North American Tour (Select dates with Baroness, Bog Prophet) (2013)[31]
  • Summer 2013 North American Tour (With KEN Mode) (2013)[32]
  • Fall 2013 North American Tour (2013)[33]
  • Tend No Wounds North American Tour (With Black Tusk) (2013)[34]
  • Spring 2014 North American Tour (With Russian Circles, KEN Mode) (2014)[35]
  • Spring 2014 European Tour (With Indian, Windhand) (2014)[36][37]
  • May 2014 North American Tour (With Ulcerate) (2014)[38]
  • July 2014 North American Tour (With Bastard Sapling; Inter Arma Dropped Off) (2014)[39][40]
  • Fall 2014 European Tour (With Mantar) (2014)[41]
  • Spring 2015 North American Tour (With Yautja) (2015)[42]
  • Fall 2015 North American Tour (With Kylesa, Indian Handcrafts, Irata) (2015)[43]
  • Spring 2016 North American Tour (2016)[44]
  • Paradise Gallows Summer North American Tour (With Withered) (2016)[45]
  • Paradise Gallows Fall North American Tour (With Call of The Void) (2017)[46]
  • Fall 2017 North American Tour (With Carcass, Deafheaven) (2017)[47]
  • Paradise Gallows Spring European Tour(2017)[48]
  • Heartless Summer North American Tour (With Pallbearer, Gatecreeper) (2017)[49]
  • August 2017 North American Tour (With Pelican) (2017)[50]
  • Paradise Gallows Fall European Tour (With Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber; Canceled) (2017)[51]
  • Spring 2018 North American Tour (With Earthling) (2018)[52]
  • Fall 2018 European Tour (With Deafheaven) (2018)[53][54]
  • Sulphur English North American Tour (With Thantifaxath; Select dates with KEN Mode, Wayfarer) (2019)[55]
  • Sulphur English Fall North American Tour (With Creeping Death) (2019)[56]
  • Sulphur English European Tour (2019)[57]
  • Deafheaven 10th Anniversary Tour (With Deafheaven, Greet Death, All Your Sisters; Postponed) (2020)[58][59]

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