Formed in 1989 originally from Cali, Colombia now relocated in my hometown in Seattle, Washington Inquisition are a Black Metal outfit consists of two band members and play a style of prehistoric, mysticism, astrological, paganism and cosmological themed Black Metal while borrowing Thrash elements into their songwriting. Released on August 26th, 2016 through Season of Mist Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith consists of 13 tracks and clocking in around 57:00 in duration.
Prior to 2013’s Obscure Verses for the Multiverse, Inquisition’s Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith manages to satisfy a genre so consisted, creative and progressive to incorporate naturalistic signature instrumentals and for a two man band like Inquisition there’s no denying they’ve taken American Black Metal to a whole new dynamic. From their thrash metal-esque leads, churned rhythms of precise guitar melodies, and vocals reminiscing of Immortal, Taake and Satyricon, Inquisition’s musical compositions take massive explosive arrangements that penetrates the listener into a spiraling universe containing such astonishing passages and diabolical connections are built upon such wonderful discoveries. What makes Inquisition my favorite Black Metal band is their varied instrumentation work that complements this two piece artist to rely such great foundations for their continuous and inspiring lyrical interpretations bringing atmosphere, power and encouragement written all over this entirety of the album.
When you hear tracks such as Vortex from the Celestial Flying Throne of Storms , Power from the Center of the Cosmic Black Spiral, The Flames of Infinite Blackness Before Creation and Wings of Anu, these tracks that are created not only are concentrated on ravenous thrashing in the scorching up-tempo sections as well as the explosive dynamics, but giving a sense of calculated progressions which therefore balances out expressive and impressive intelligence. Musically, lyrically, progressively and atmospherically, Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith is Inquisition’s celestially-influenced, confined, matured, savageness and majestic albums they’ve produced to date. This is no questions asked, one of the most crafted, symbolic and established Black Metal albums to ever step foot in the realms of United States Black Metal and there’s a fine reason why you should hear this masterpiece of a creation. Fans of Obscure Verses for the Multiverse and past material will be in a surprise of a lifetime to experience to hear such atmospheric, hypnotizing and ritualistic Black Metal.
Overall Score: 9.0/10
Review by Jake Butler