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Posts Tagged ‘Inquisition’


Monday, February 12th, 2018

Inquisition - Into The Infernal Regions Of The Ancient CultIncredibly, it has now been 22 years since this masterpiece of trailblazing Black Metal was recorded. Inquisition introduced a really unique style of BM to the underground, with a cosmic vibe and an almost naïve, innocent sense of evil that truly stands the test of time. Somehow, that old-school evil is the best of all!

Debut ‘Into The Infernal Regions Of The Ancient Cult’ is a sprawling full-length (66 minutes and 6 seconds, aptly, although this version is much longer, with four bonus rituals) that sounds fresh and nasty every time I revisit it. I dusted it down again today as the landscape here is covered in snow and – wow! – it’s still fucking awesome. How I enjoy those toad-like vocals.

It’s been re-released multiple times and remains widely available. Just a majestic slab of occult Black Metal that marks the beginning of one of the subgenre’s most enduring and important acts. Stunning.

Evilometer: 666/666


Sunday, October 30th, 2016

inquisition-bloodshed-across-the-empyrean-altar-beyond-the-celestial-zenithInquisition strikes again with a seventh full-length and ‘Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith’ is another solid release as well as a serious fucking mouthful. While there is definitely a law of diminishing returns evident in the band’s canon – and the charm of earlier releases (including those magnificent toad croaks) is conspicuously absent on the most-recent output – I still thoroughly enjoy listening to Inquisition.

Even though I prefer the first four albums to the more polished and sterilised material that has emerged since the duo (deservedly, I suppose) migrated onto bigger labels (seemingly more intent on wringing every last drop of cash out of listeners’ pockets with ultra-limited editions and exorbitant prices than allowing bands to display their true underground leanings), this is still well worth checking out.

This standard vinyl edition comprises two records in a gatefold jacket, with printed inner sleeves including cosmic-chaotic lyrics; almost an hour of music; something of a slow burner – the album really gathers a head of steam as it progresses. Big production and a mainstream sound that for me flies in the face of what Black Metal is all about.

Inquisition: not as awesome as they used to be but still better than most.

Evilometer: 666/666


Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Inquisition - Obscure Verses For The MultiverseInquisition’s subtle charm is irresistible and wholly addictive. On their sixth full-length, the Colombian duo pretty much do what they have always done, effortlessly easing through ten (including the vinyl bonus track) offerings of croaky Black Metal majesty. There is very little on here that I haven’t heard from Inquisition before, yet ‘Obscure Verses For The Multiverse’ is utterly essential listening.

Although all their albums are great, I personally believe that the last three represent a slight change of direction and sort of stand alone from the rest of the discography. Indeed, ‘Nefarious Dismal Orations’, ‘Ominous Doctrines Of The Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm’ and this new one are so alike that they resemble a trilogy in many respects, three parts of the same movement, all virtually identical in sound and tone.

So, nothing at all new here … yet the music is charming and fun and just fucking fantastic. To an extent, you probably need a sense of humour to enjoy Inquisition fully; the converse of this is that you would need to be one seriously grumpy fucker to have a problem with them. I think they are a true Black Metal institution and I also contend that they are vastly superior – and more consistent – than the band they apparently ape (Immortal).

Two bones of contention, both aimed at the label: all the cash-grab deluxe editions that cost a fortune (cowhide record sleeves or whatever) are a blatant rip-off and, well, is there really any need to mention vomit-inducing cunts like Watain and Darkthrone on the sticker on the cover? Makes me sick looking at those words.

The regular double-vinyl edition is more than adequate, however.

Evilometer: 666/666