The always compelling black metal band Inquisition have just revealed another advance track from their new album Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith, which will be released by Season of Mist on August 26. I thought briefly about including the song in a round-up that I hope to finish and post later today, but then decided not to delay.
The song premiered not long ago at Revolver’s on-line site. Revolver chose not to provide any comment about the song itself, perhaps having concluded long ago that such commentary is a waste of time since people can listen to songs for themselves and most listeners probably wouldn’t strain their eyes reading before pressing “Play”. I, of course, can’t resist the urge to comment.
The song is deeply menacing, mercilessly grinding, and almost primitive (and primal) in its appeal. Though largely gloomy, malignant, and mid-paced, the song does have its chaotic, seething moments, as well as slow-rocking riffs that are damned infectious, and lyrics that are likely to trigger sing-alongs at live shows. And it wouldn’t be an Inquisition song without being laced with moments of unearthly, occult atmospherics.
Hell of a song, from what’s likely to be a hell of an album.
Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith, can be ordered through Season of Mist’s webstore.