Russian Circles/ Inter Arma show at Will’s

I arrived an hour and a half after the show was supposed to start, and low and behold, just a fucking drum set on stage! What is with Florida shows and starting late? Will’s is pretty crowded tonight and the Virginia band that’s playing is busy slurping down the band beer, God, Miller beer sucks, poor guys. The crowd tonight doesn’t smell too bad and is the group one would expect for a post rock show; beards, glasses and lizardly looking women. I swear some of these bimbos put on their make-up with paintball guns.
Evidently… Evidently, I drank a lot of beer and my thoughts are somewhat muddled this morning, so I’ll wade into a cup of coffee and the rest of the review.
As I was saying, evidently Inter Arma didn’t agree with my assessment that the crowd didn’t stink too much because they lit a couple dozen sticks of incense stuck in a block of styrofoam before going on stage, which I guess was a discreet way of expressing their opinion of the venue. Anyway, they play a really good show. The vocalist is probably the strongest I’ve heard in person, when the microphone was plugged in, that is. Whoever was in charge of the sound system must have been drinking or had Down’s syndrome because besides for losing the vocals the sound clearly wasn’t right. One guitar was coming through too loud and the bass was way too low, but it was still a good set.
The next band was ok, but the sound was even more screwed so I retained my place at the bar sipping a “Belgium farm ale”, which was less than stellar. It occurred to me half way through that there was a reason I’d never heard of that beer before, so I reverted back to literally pissing my money away on Hopsecutioner.
Finally Russian Circles came on. And the sound was fucked. Besides for that it seemed that the band really wasn’t feeling it that night, so I left a little disappointed but with a new found respect for Inter Arma. All and all a pretty good show.


Relationship Advice and Black Metal Wednesday; The Cult of Education and Inter Arma- Sky Burial (2013)

We have heard our entire lives about the value of college and all that unsolicited advice. First off, I’ll point out that many of the people telling us the value of college spend their days talking to children. Logically speaking, the leaders of small children have limited expertise and career advice is not in that realm.
Higher education is an intellectual pyramid scheme where everyone extols the system itself and is constantly trying to advance to the next tier, convinced that the American Dream lies just around the corner. However, student loans never, ever go away. Most colleges and universities are Not-For-Profit, meaning that excess revenue must be reinvested into the organization in the form of facility, staff, expansion, scholarships, research and such things. (For-Profit colleges are even more expensive and pyramid-like.) While beneficial, this system also puts the worker bees in charge of the hive, which means that their own financial stability is directly connected to young people being convinced that they need the services which they provide.
Education is an inherently good thing, however, indoctrination is not and questioning the relevance of higher education has become blasphemy. The idea is for everyone to get a college education, not to ponder the usefulness and profitability of that education throughout their working careers in an era of globalization.
Ten to twenty percent of tuition costs pays the professor while the remainder goes to fuel the infrastructure that the school provides. Meaning, it is possible to get a Masters degree and end up oweing $100,000 in student loans, besides for the six years of unpaid effort towards getting that degree, while people on the other side of the planet are getting similar degrees for a fraction of the cost.
It’s risky listening to the advice from the leaders of small children.

Here we have the latest Inter Arma album from March of this year, Sky Burial, which is also their debut on Relapse Records. Inter Arma has been a fickle band for me, a blackened sludge band, I feel I should love, but only like pretty well. This is likely my favorite of their albums and the production isn’t too heavy handed, 82%.

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Inter Arma- Destroyer (2012)

Inter Arma is from Richmond, Virginia playing what Metallum describes as “southern groove”, which I wouldn’t disagree with, mainly because I can’t come up with a better one. Whichever way you want to look at it this is definatly “Southern” (I don’t like the term because it is often used by people who never even been to the South, about music that sounds a bit like that one Lynord Skynard song.) and so I am not a big fan. If you happen to be a fan of “Southern Sludge” then this is right up your alley. But, beware, if you’ve never had sex with a chicken while listening to Sweet Home Alabama, then this might not be your cup of tea.
These guys used to be on Relapse Records but switched to Toxic Asset Records for this latest album. While good, the style of singing detracts from the instrumentals.