‘sad dark hymns in the air, black’

Inquisition – Ominous Doctrines Of The Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm
(Hell’s Headbangers, 2011)

Sticking to my new rule of listening to an album at least 5 times through before recommending, you can imagine my surprise when the first album of 2011 (released late-2010 in Latin America and Europe) to meet my self-imposed requirement was the newest album from black metal band, Inquisition.   Started in Colombia, but based in Seattle, this band produces some raw black metal.

What sets this band apart is the vocals.  While Dagon‘s voice is what makes Inquisition unique, it might turn some listeners off.  It’s more a croak than a growl or screech and at times, like on Desolate Funeral Chant, he sounds like an old man.  The 5 listen rule worked out well here because I loved this album on the first listen, questioned it on the second and third and came back around stronger than ever on later listens.  Give this album a shot if you like USBM, you’ll know before Astral Path to Supreme Majesties is over if you love or hate Dagon‘s voice.

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