INTER ARMA: Garbers Days Revisited: CD/LP

Garbers Days Revisited is Inter Arma’s eight tracks of covers, all of which faithfully adhere to the originals while giving the band the chance to put their own spin on things. Inter Arma becomes a chameleon but each song is sincere. For example, they cover “Runnin’ Down a Dream” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Does it sound like Tom Petty? Yes, but Tom Petty would never include riffs this meaty. Or take their cover of Hüsker Dü’s “The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill.” It’s clearly identifiable but holy shit, that song gets the dark metal treatment and is ten times heavier than the original. The other covers I enjoyed were Prince’s “Purple Rain,” and Venom’s “In League with Satan.” The latter sounds like if Venom hooked up with Eyehategod. All thirty-seven minutes of this album are solid. Each song is close enough to the original to be familiar but the band has done enough to make the track their own. If you like heavy music and can appreciate everything from Cro-Mags to Neil Young, then you’re in for a treat with Garbers Days Revisited. –Kurt Morris (Relapse)