The second LP from Richmond, VA five-piece Inter Arma has ruffled all kinds of feathers, and for good reason; Sky Burial is a gorgeous piece of musicianship, moving gracefully through prairie and precipice to offer a breathtaking panoramic view. The band channels Neil Young’s windswept Americana as often as it references Neurosis’ shuddering, evocative roars, playing with tension and dynamics in a way that feels as natural as the setting sun. Doom metal lies at the core of these epics, but Inter Arma spills whiskey, love letters, and blood all over that blue print, smears it around and holds it aloft, improved. When intensity and grit are required, Sky Burial delivers in spades, but the album’s real power lies in its delicate, studied touches. Nothing is accidental, despite the wild feel of epics like “Destroyer,” and each note is set carefully, reverently, into its proper place.