It takes serious stones to kick off an album with a winding, 10-plus minute epic, but that's precisely how the Richmond, Virginia, metalheads in Inter Arma usher in their sophomore LP Sky Burial.

It takes serious stones to kick off an album with a winding, 10-plus minute epic, but thatís precisely how the Richmond, Virginia, metalheads in Inter Arma usher in their sophomore LP Sky Burial.

Itís a fitting introduction to a record (and a band) that refuses to pull any punches, weaving together outbursts of grinding, black metal noise with more atmospheric passages that offer welcome respite from the chaos.