Inquisition - Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith (Season of Mist)

More obscure invocations from these satanic masters....
Release Date: 
26 Aug 2016 (All day)

The mighty Inquisition is back. Dagon, that most satanic of interstellar frogs, and his musical partner Incubus have been stirring up trouble in the underground with their distinctive take on black metal for close to 20 years now. Their last album, Obscure Verses for the Multiverse, saw them on the cusp of spilling out of the underground onto a larger audience. I was quite taken with their last work and was eagerly awaiting the follow up. Well, their new album delivers and quite a mouthful at that. Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith is another masterclass in cosmic satanic madness.

There are two things that you need to know about Inquisition. The first, if you haven’t already figured it out, is that their song titles are longer than a one way trip to the sun. Second, is that Inquisition is not a band to stray from their intended path, rather they polish (for want of a better word) their approach with each successive release. After a short intro comes first track proper From Chaos They Came and the listener is greeted by the familiar cacophony of Dagon’s guitar playing. He has a very distinct playing style that compensates heartily for the complete lack of bass in any Inquisition song. Wings of Anu follows suit, somehow managing to deliver an absolutely infectious chorus despite all of its fury. 

It’s from here that you begin to notice some of the twists that that this record has added to the Inquisition formula. Dagon’s vocal approach, like everyone has already noted, has gotten deeper. But in addition to that, the production has gotten colder and sharper, making everything sound just that much more evil than their last album. 

Bloodshed… also benefits from a few changes in mood, which ensures that we don’t get fatigued from all the blasting. A Black Aeon Shall Cleanse opens with an absolute stomper of a riff and Flames of Infinite Blackness Before Creation indulges in the band’s more psychedelic side. The band even manages to make the usual afterthought of an outro seem interesting, with an absolute doozy of a title The Invocation of the Absolute, The All, The Satan manages to sound like a cosmic ritual.

This album is a triumph and a must hear for any hardcore black metal aficionado in 2016. Find a copy in a black hole near you, Satan commands it!