Growing up in a small town there wasn’t much for me to do as a teenager except for hang out with my friends, do some under age drinking, and listen to metal. During the weekend everyone would jump into someone’s car and cruise around town. My group of friends and I had a favorite prank we pulled on some of the younger kids who were foolish enough to ride along. They would hear the legend of Satanists living in the neighboring smaller town of Saranac, Michigan, and that you shouldn’t go there after midnight because you might not get out alive.
After much convincing, everyone would enter the vehicle. The road trip to Saranac took 10-15 minutes, but on the way there my friends would play spooky black metal at full volume and tell the naïve younger kids this is what Satanists listen to. Now, most of the time when we arrived in Saranac, we would pretend the car broke down on the side of a dirt road and someone would claim to see a hooded person running in the farm fields. Other times we would arrange for a person dressed in a robe with a scary Halloween mask to run towards us in the car. I still look back on those days and smile, picturing the scared looks and screams those kids gave. My point to this story is that Inquisition‘s new album, “Obscure Verses For The Multiverse”, would have been perfect for our Saranac satanic playlist.
Hailing from Colombia and now residing in the United States, “Obscure Verses For The Multiverse” marks the 25th year of Inquisition bringing metal to the masses. The band first started their career as a thrash metal act then evolved to black metal, and in my humble opinion that was a wise choice. Inquisition consists of two members, guitarist and vocalist Dagon, and drummer Incubus. One thing to point out is Inquisition‘s style of black metal has always lacked a bass guitar, but as the old saying goes “If it’s not broke don’t fix it.”
The first thing that is apparent throughout this and every Inquisition album is the monotonic frog-like vocals of Dagon. Whenever I hear Dagon‘s voice I picture a mix of the character of Froggy from “Our Gang” and “The Little Rascals” fame with a hint of a Dalek from “Dr. Who.” From the song titles to the lyrics, the album incorporates cosmic imagery revolving around the “Universe of Satan.” Musically, Dagon and Incubus are a well oiled black metal machine.
Dagon‘s various modes of guitar riffing will make your head spin. From the raw fast and furious tempos of ‘Force of the Floating Tomb’ and ‘Infinite Interstellar Genocide,’ to the eerie hypnotic trance hooks of ‘Spiritual Plasma Evocation’ and ‘Arrival of Eons After,’ to the excellent sporadic solos of ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’ and ‘Inversion of Ethereal White Stars,’ this album will keep you on your toes. Not to be outdone, Incubus‘s epic apocalyptic drumming skills are one to behold. From intense, world destroying blast beats to reflective, atmospheric sections, the man is a demon lord hitting the skins.
Inquisition has proven that they belong in the black metal hall of fame sitting beside legendary bands such as Emperor, Mayhem and Immortal. “Obscure Verses for the Multiverse,” with it’s twists and turns, is top notch black metal material. It’s not an album that I could listen to once. Heck, I’m almost finished writing this review and I’m itching to put my headphones on and give it another spin. This is an album I will proudly play in my car when visiting the Saranac, Michigan Satanists.