Obscure Verses for the Multiverse
Season of Mist
Call me a fanboy, but right after Inquisition‘s 2011 release Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm, I have been eagerly awaiting for more new material from the band, especially with the announcement of their signing to Season of Mist, quite a huge jump from their previous label, No Colours Records. This year the band finally satisfies this ravenous hunger with their brand new release, their sixth full length effort Obscure Verses for the Multiverse. The short preview in the form of Darkness Flows toward Unseen Horizons got me even more anxious in anticipating the release of the album.
The first riffs of Dagon that greet the listener on Force of the Floating Tomb immediately reeks of classic Inquisition, along with the energetic, relentless blasting of Incubus one is immediately set off into a headbanging frenzy. Everything on Obscure Verses for the Multiverse is at once so familiar, yet so fresh to fans of Inquisition and newcomers to the band alike. The style in which Dagon plays in, from the choice of chord progression to the way he bends his strings and how the dissonant chords are cleverly positioned on the tracks, and even in how the songs progress from a fast, energetic section to sudden, slow and ritualistic moments like on Spiritual Plasma Evocation all ensure that hardcore fans of the band are kept satisfied. Even the slight, rather folkish elements that the band has incorporated in their songwriting throughout their history is still present, reinforcing the grimness and coldness in the music. Of course, Dagon’s Abbath-styled croaks are stronger than ever on the album, sounding like a more bestial and brutal Immortal.
At the same time, there seems to be something rather different this time round, and I’m not exactly sure what it is. For one, Incubus’ drumming on this record seems to be much more energetic and brutal, with blasting being extremely abundant throughout the album (not something that I would complain about, for sure), even bringing in a slight death metal edge. Along with this energy, the band also indulges in some rather melodic moments, especially in the increased usage of melodic leads on the album, like on Darkness Flows towards Unseen Horizons. Dagon also experiments more with various guitar playing techniques, such as the usage of pinch and artificial harmonics on songs like Obscure Verses for the Multiverse and Infinite Interstellar Genocide, providing a rather different flavour to the usual Inquisition fare.
With the bar set higher with each new release, Inquisition once again surprises fans with yet another outstanding release. Obscure Verses for the Multiverse will certainly be one of my favourites, if not the favourite, record of the year.