I’m not going to lie, that’s a pretty impressive album title. Imagine having to do these guys’ album press for the near future. If you’re one of the lucky ones all I can advise is a simple copy/paste and repeat. Inquisition are by no means a small name in the metal community. Fans are used to the long titles, mystical themed deathened black metal and yet, will lose no love for this premiere act writing premiere music. Season Of Mist will have a field day come the end of August. Inquisition’s ‘Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith’ is a face-ripping, Satan-stomping passage to black metal rightousness that will leave the listener begging for more.
Led by a self-proclaimed two-man army, Inquisition are a force to be reckoned with. ‘Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith’ will see this dynamic duo release its seventh testament to unholy devastational soundscapes and while some will come late to the party (or sacrifice – depending on what side of the altar you hail) there’s no doubt that Inquisition will pull yet more followers to their cause.
Largely it seems though Iquisition are holding onto their signature formula. While this is all new material, it’s not like ‘Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith’ will change new or old fans perspective of the band’s music. The typical deliberate nuances that permiate throughout the record simply highlight what it takes to be Inquisition in the flesh, spirit and bone. Sure the stereotypical Satan-loving escapades are prominant here and there (a main example being the “Through the Divine Spirit of Satan”) but it wouldn’t be too far of a stretch for this scythe wielding, guitar shredding outfit to focus on another religious figurehead and not turn heads.
Overall, Inquisition’s newest offering is one of their most cohesive and honest efforts to date. It’s excellent for simply being excellent and I can’t find a fault in a band making the music they want to – without conforming to modern day trends that would otherwise dilute the beast ‘Inquisition’. If you’re at all new t the game don’t get turned off my the track titles… or their length. Take Inquisition for what it is, an excellent band, releasing spectacular black metal.