And so we continue on the wonderfully satanic journey through Inquisitions discography as Season of Mist continue their delicious re-releases. This time it seems that Inquisition got truly evil, embracing some more bombastic black metal tropes with crazed guitar solos and blazing riffs that give songs like Nocturnal Gatherings and Wicked Rites flavor (Jesus, why does this band have such long song titles?) Suffice to say, within just a few spins 2007's Nefarious Dismal Orations has become my favorite Inquisition record.
Inquisition have always capture my imagination with how gleefully evil they come off as. With Nefarious Dismal Orations the unholy rituals that define this bands sound become all the more clear. The buzzing vocals fit on top of classic Inquisition riffs, but we also see moments that are almost Immortal-like. Other times the unholy hellfires are conjured up with crashing cascades of notes that tear the listener apart and force them to come to terms with their own nihlistic mortality. Furthermore, this record just sounds a lot better than previous ones, giving Inquisition the ability to really spread their dark love to the masses.
The cries of desperation that surge throughout this record define a sort of primal desperation that I think Inquisition has been trying to properly communicate for years. It's far too easy to get lost in the mystical soundscapes that are artfully crafted, guiding the listener into an infernal pagan bliss, heavy metal to make the listener suffer and feel the unspeakable wrath of the undead forces that drive this band forward. Nefarious Dismal Orations feels like the start of a new chapter for Inquisition. The old school black metal is still there, but they have infused it with enough modern magic to reign eternal.
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