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Obscure Verses For The Multiverse

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Obscure Verses For The Multiverse
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: October 25th, 2013
Genre: Black
1. Force Of The Floating Tomb
3. Obscure Verses For The Multiverse
4. Spiritual Plasma Evocation
5. Master Of The Cosmological Black Cauldron
6. Joined By Dark Matter, Repelled By Dark Energy
7. Arrival Of Eons After
8. Inversion Of Ethereal White Stars
9. Infinite Interstellar Genocide

Review by Felix on February 27, 2024.

I am impressed by bands that have found their individual song formula. A relatively unique appearance is hard to achieve. It is thus all the more gratifying that Inquisition have managed the rare feat of creating their own sonic (and lyrical) cosmos. The monotonously bubbling riffs create a sombre atmosphere while the drums commute between blast beat parts and mid-tempo rhythms. All components merge into each other and the result are almost immaculately flowing songs that are enriched by the autonomous dark nagging of the lead vocalist and desperately screaming solo guitars.

Inquisition stay painfully true to their success recipe. "Obscure Verses..." sounds like the second part of "Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm". One can call this way of proceeding narrow-minded, stale and aimless. Yet nobody who has only a little affinity for an extremely dark mixture of black and thrash elements will deny that Inquisition have penned another strong full-length. Do not even think about blaming the band for predictability. The omnipresent guitars distinguish themselves by this perfidious combination of pretty phlegmatic riffs and hasty lines and some rather abrupt breaks deliver the right amount of twists and turns. It's an almost minimalist approach, but its impact is gigantic. Inquisition take the listener on a journey through time and space and believe me, this space is filled with black coldness.

The in-depth sound is on a par with that of the titanic predecessor and the songs also reach more or less the same level as those of "Ominous Doctrines...". Guess it is only a matter of personal taste whether you prefer the fifth or the sixth full-length of the Colombian masters of darkness. I don't tend to the here presented album, because I miss a little bit a heroic, triumphant part every now and then. However, that's no big deal and the deterioration (if we want to use this slightly misleading tune) remains at an absolutely acceptable level. In terms of heaviness, ferocity and pressure, "Obscure Verses..." does not stand in the shadow of the previous work. Additionally, it provides the same degree of viciousness and unfathomability. Its strongest part begins with the third track and ends with "Joined by Dark Matter, Repelled by Dark Energy", track number 6. The both songs at the beginning are also flawless, but these twenty-two minutes of highly efficient riffs, almost surreal melodies and mysterious chants spread their enticing aroma in the most impressive way. I have heard that people who can resist this scent are usually called ignorant idiots.

The remaining pieces also deliver the well known mix. On the one hand, you have devastating drums, elastic riffs and vile vocals, on the other hand the band presents relaxed rhythms, sprawling lines and - well, vile vocals. I freely admit that the songs at the end of the album are slightly weaker than the rest, but this is a well known syndrome. Just ask bands such as... guess you know them all, they are too numerous to count. Anyway, here we are talking about Inquisition's album from 2013 and the main thing is that the (doubtlessly obscure) song formula itself remains unchained. Thus, the music and the almost oversized packaging of the limited edition (goat leather key ring, printed patch, embossed printing) form a strong unit. Good to know that their seventh full-length with the handy title "Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith" is already raring to go.

Rating: 8.8 out of 10


Review by Adam M on November 12, 2013.

Inquisition plays a galactic and intense form of Black Metal that is a very welcome change to what is normally heard from the genre. There are moments of spacey splendor followed by cataclysmic riffs that tear the foundation of the universe. Despite a focus on aggression, there is an addictive quality to the somewhat out of the norm approach of this band. Patterns of riffs will become engrained in the listener’s head long after listening.

The band recalls the likes of recent Immortal work with the almost thrash-driven riffs that still stay completely within the Black Metal universe. The band is equally tight in their instrumental performances and there is very little to fault with this album from this standpoint. However, there is a tendency, as with Immortal, for the songs to sound slightly too similar to one another. This makes for an album that isn’t perhaps as distinctive as some other quality metal albums, but one that certainly packs a huge punch in terms of overall delivery. I believe "Obscure Verses For The Multiverse" is a satisfying improvement over their previous opus and has enough moments of instrumental bliss to please any fan of the Black Metal genre. One will notice that the riffs venture off into more distorted territories from time to time and this adds to the overall sound of the outfit.

In terms of late additions to the year for the Heavy Metal genre, this will be one of the highlights. There are no true highlights with the album; all of the songs are worthwhile. Black Metal lovers will be absolutely enamored with "Obscure Verses For The Multiverse".

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9.5
Atmosphere: 9
Production: 8
Originality: 8
Overall: 8.5

Rating: 8.6 out of 10