Buzzing, bleak and triumphant the ritualistic attack of Inquisition only seems to become more charming with each passing album. Their latest Season of Mist re-release, the triumphant and wonderfully bombastic 2011 effort Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm stands as a bold follow up to the power that Inquisition had hinted at before. Though I said Nefarious Dismal Orations touched on greatness, Inquisition seem to have taken that power and polished it into something legendary in scope with this record.
From the first its clear that with the heightened production and blazing riffs that dominate this record Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm will be a lot more interesting than many of the bands previous releases. The multilayered nature of the music comes to the fore here, even off the first track, the nihilist and strangely glorious Astral Path to Supreme Majesties. Unafraid to use noodly guitar solos on top of searing black metal riffs Inquisition have invoked utter blackenss with a sound that is mesmerizing and unholy. There is something far more epic about Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm that helps to make this record perhaps Inquisitions most listenable and reaffirm the bands might.
Yet despite all of this these demented geniuses are able to continue to harness the power of the original formulas that made their first couple of releases so great. As you let yourself fall into the strangely evil soundscapes crafted by Inquisition on this record it becomes impossible to deny that this band have found a sort of loophole in black metal. They take tried and true formulas and create something ethereal and yet also capable of hitting where it hurts. Inquisition are black metal masters, and they won't let you forget it.
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