Monday, May 16, 2011

Initial Impressions: Inquisition: Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm

The name of the album and most of the song names are incredibly long and probably require a dictionary to interpret, but the music is much more straightforward. For those lamenting the disappearance of black metal similar to the Norwegian second wave, this is definitely the band for you. Taking cues from groups like Immortal and Darkthrone, Inquisition has put together an amazing album that proves that old school black metal is not dead.

The principal sound Inquisition unleashes on this album is definitely influenced by Immortal. Featuring swirling riffs and a dark and cold atmosphere, one would not be wrong to believe this band came from the frozen reaches of Norway instead of the much warmer climates of Colombia. Vocalist Dagon even has the Abbathian croak down pat.

This is absolutely essential listening for black metal fans out there. Inquisition does a masterful job of capturing the old school black metal sound and updating it and bringing it into the modern age.

1 comment:

  1. Great review. Yes, it's mostly based in Immortal. But as I wrote, "The album doesn't break any ground, but it's clearly on a higher plane of existence than your average cookie-cutter continental European black metal." I also think there were some advances of technique here, in the form of their clever use of unmuted guitar chords in with all the tremolo picking.