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Black metal duo Inquisition’s new album is ripping off faces; hear for yourself!

American black metal duo Inquisition are possibly the greatest black metal band in the world at the moment. Their last album, 2011’s Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm, was absolutely monstrous, a clear testament to a band who have spent years tuning their craft and sharpening their skills. The band have been churning up the hype machine for their upcoming new album Obscure Verses For The Multiverse which will see release on October 24th. Ahead of that release, the band have chosen to stream the album in full on Bandcamp.

I’m only on my first listen as I’m writing this, but I have to call this one of the best black metal albums of the year, perhaps even the best overall. Inquisition’s riffing is immense, and Dagon’s unique frog croak vocals – a turn off for some – fit well within the songs’ dark melodies. The album’s title track is absolutely mind-melting, and “Master of the Cosmological Black Cauldron” is a furious storm of blackened wind. Incubus’ drumming is top notch, and the overall sound of the album is full and rich, but not sleek and lifeless. Their sound is explosive and cavernous, without losing that ‘occult’ feeling that they have done so well throughout their career.

It is worth noting too, that the band is only Dagon and Incubus, meaning there is no bass guitar. It is simply guitar and drums for instruments, and they succeed in sounding deeper and more complete than 70% of bands out there in any genre. They do this live as just a duo too, and the performance is utterly captivating. Inquisition were one of the most entertaining experiences of my life, the band was trance-inducing.

Obscure Verses for the Multiverse comes out on October 24th on Season of Mist records.

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