ALBUM: Inquisition – “Obscure Verses for the Multiverse” 2013
LABEL: Season of Mist
GENRE: Black Metal
RATING: 10 / 10
Nobody can deny that 2013 has been a very interesting year for metal music. At least I can’t, for this year has been a very special one for me in particular.
This year I’ve been hearing one excellent album after another every month. In fact, this year’s rarest album listening occasions has been the ones where I’ve listened to albums that I in the end didn’t like. Most of the albums released this year have been excellent, multiple ones have even been perfect in my opinion. So finding the album of the year has been a difficult task in 2013, which hasn’t really been that difficult in previous years.
Regarding the album of the year, I did have a few candidates for the title. But somehow I just couldn’t decide between them for some reason, and I thought I would never be able to pick one individual album as the album of the year 2013…
But then, Inquisition releases their 6th full-length entitled: ”Obscure Verses for the Multiverse” and suddenly, everything changes for me.
An atmospheric, melodic, brutal, intense piece of intelligent Black Metal is probably the best way to describe this incredible album with mere words.
What Inquisition grants us with this album, is a combination of a dark, other-worldly atmosphere, intense and heavy riffing combined with beautiful melodies which you will gasp upon while listening to.
And of course I did not forget about the unique and fantastic vocal skills of Dagon.
What surprised me the most though, was actually not the brilliant drumming or guitar work that this album consists of, but the brillant lyrics presented in the songs.
I am also a person who usually don’t care too much for lyrics in music, since I believe they’re a very small part of the entire craft compared to the instrumental and vocal work.
But the lyrics on this album are some of the most remarkable ones I’ve ever read and listened to in Black Metal and music in general, ever. Where they, at the same time tell us about the possibillities of multiple universes and other worlds, they also glorify the name of Satan.
There really is such an incredible amount of intelligence in the musicianship and the lyrics.
These lyrics, combined with the brilliant musicianship of Inquisition which is presented on this album, it literally just makes you think. It pretty much travels you into another dimension, and if I’m correct that’s exactly what Inquisition intended with this album.
So what lies beyond the stars and the universe? It’s pretty much up to each and every individual to decide what to believe. This album really puts one into thoughts as I mentioned before though, it makes one want to explore one’s own cosmos in order to see further into the universe so that one can come up with an own answer to these very difficult questions about the universe, the world and the life.
And all of this happens while one’s surrounded by the majestic Black Metal that Inquisition brings forth to us.
This… Is really a journey, I must say. This entire album is just a journey, an incredible journey through dimensions of Black Metal, where no boundaries exists within the music. This albums diversity is one of the parts I like the most. It’s atmospheric, intense, heavy, melodic, beautiful, evil and brutal all the same time.
This IS THE album of the year for me, and It has been a long time since I heard a Black Metal record that amazed me in this way.
There is no doubt in that.
Review by: TS