"Obscure Verses For the Multiverse"

By Dr. Abner Mality

Our world is just one of an infinite number linked across multiple dimensions. So says Dagon of Inquisition and to prove his point, he uses music to take us to these manifold multiversal realms...the music of Inquisition.

H.P. Lovecraft (among others) believed that music could actually act as a gateway to other worlds with different physical laws and wrote of that concept in "The Music of Erich Zann". Dagon and Incubus of Inquisition are the modern inheritors of Erich Zann and when you listen to the utterly weird and warped black metal on "Obscure Verses For the Multiverse", you might just feel your mind leave its prison of flesh and journey through a wild and lawless cosmos. That is how powerful this music is...that's the level that Inquisition works on. In other words, kids, this shit is WHACKED!

Inquisition have always taken the majesty of Immortal and the frost melody of Dissection and twisted it to their own ends. They deliberately play metal that is out of tune and out of phase. Throughout the course of this album, they warp guitar riffs almost beyond recognition, taking the distortion further then ever before. The result is disorienting and exhilerating both. They keep to the familiar pattern of past Inquisition tunes on one hand, yet mutate them fbeyond anything done previously. Listen to the almost "slack-key" black metal riffage on "Force of the Floating Tomb" and furious but sounding almost like it's played underwater. Dagon's troll-like vocals, delivered in robotic fashion, add to the unearthly feel while Incubus' drumming is full blast atom smashing.

Each tune here is like a gate to another world. Each one can be explored in depth. But when you hear the title track, you hear Inquisition in full glory...a thudding tribal drumbeat gives way to some of the most unearthly and powerful guitar riffs you will ever hear. This song is pure magnificence. The album ends with another awe-inspiring work of weirdness, "Infinite Interstellar Genocide", where the band plays at their fastest, utilizing that strange quavery guitar sound to create something that actually sounds like a rip in reality. It is truly music that transports you to someplace you've never been before.

This band just keeps getting weirder and better. "Obscure Verses From the Multiverse" is surely one of 2013's best and proves once and for all that SATAN rules the multiverse!