Latest news: Thu, May 19 2016, INQUISITION
Upcoming release: "Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith"
Release date: Fri, Aug 26 2016, US Fri, Aug 26 2016
INQUISITION are unleashing the first track of their forthcoming album 'Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith' (out August 26th), which can now be pre-ordered here. The song "Wings of Anu" is exclusively streaming via the official premiere partners listed below.
Metal Obsession (AU)
Rock Hard (DE)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Metal Hammer (UK)
Regarding "Wings of Anu", Frontman Dagon comments on behalf of the duo: "He is the god of all stars, creator of all gods and ruler of all heavens. His wings have extended to earth in the form of wings in flying motion visiting us since we were the seeds of his creation. The wings are many and they watch upon us in silence from the skies that connect through portals of time."
Furthermore INQUISITION have revealed artwork and tracklist, which can be viewed below.
'Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith' was recorded at the legendary London Bridge Studios in Seattle (ALICE IN CHAINS, QUEENSRYCHE, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, and many more) with long time engineer Arthur Rizk (PRURIENT, POWER TRIP).
On previous news, INQUISITION and ROTTING CHRIST have announced the extensive 'European Bloodshed Rituals' tour for this autumn. The unholy duo will be joined by MYSTIFIER and SCHAMMASCH. See below for a list of all confirmed dates.
INQUISITION frontman Dagon commented: "Our 2016 European co-headlining tour marks another journey for INQUISITION that comes with a new album. We take great pride at selecting artists who are willing and have the time and dedication to share the stage with us while considering what should be a ritualistic experience that goes beyond a music event from uprising bands, to the classic ancients all under one shadow. We invite you to witness SCHAMMASCH, MYSTIFIER, ROTTING CHRIST, and INQUISITION on the Bloodshed Rituals 2016 European tour with the intentions of evoking the essence of occult music, while breaking necks in the process of invoking your spirit."
17 Jun 16 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
19 Aug 16 Borre (NO) Midgardsblot Festival (exact date tbc)
AUSTRALIAN WINTER TOUR
10 Aug 16 Perth (AU) Amplifier Bar
11 Aug 16 Melbourne (AU) Max Watts
12 Aug 16 Brisbane (AU) Crowbar
13 Aug 16 Sydney (AU) Newtown Social Club
14 Aug 16 Canberra (AU) The Basement
EUROPEAN AUTUMN TOUR
19 Oct 16 Hamburg (DE) Markthalle
20 Oct 16 København (DK) Beta
21 Oct 16 Berlin (DE) TBA
22 Oct 16 Warszawa (PL) Progresja
23 Oct 16 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
24 Oct 16 Praha (CZ) Storm
25 Oct 16 Budapest (HU) Barba Negra
26 Oct 16 Ljubljana (SL) Gala Hala
27 Oct 16 Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse
28 Oct 16 München (DE) Backstage
29 Oct 16 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
30 Oct 16 Lausanne (CH) Les Docks
31 Oct 16 Lyon (FR) CCO
01 Nov 16 Luynes (FR) Le Korigan
02 Nov 16 Madrid (ES) Caracol
03 Nov 16 Barcelona (ES) Apolo 2
04 Nov 16 Toulouse (FR) Metronum
05 Nov 16 Rennes (FR) Ubu
06 Nov 16 Paris (FR) Petit Bain
07 Nov 16 London (UK) Islington Assembly Hall
08 Nov 16 Dublin (IR) Voodoo Lounge
10 Nov 16 Esch-sur -Alzette (LU) Kultur Fabrik
11 Nov 16 Bochum (DE) Matrix
12 Nov 16 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
13 Nov 16 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
14 Nov 16 Weinheim (DE) Café Central
Dagon: guitars, vocals
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There are certain cycles in the rise and fall of bands that form a discernible pattern. One of the stations in this process is the break-though, when a group rises from the murky underground into the sphere of heightened mainstream attention. In the case of WATAIN for example, this transition can be pinpointed to a specific album, 'Lawless Darkness' (2010).
It may seem a rather daring to attribute such a moment to INQUISITION's forthcoming seventh full-length 'Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith' in advance. Yet even with the first spin of this record, any doubt and thought of hyperbole should disappear. The American black metal duo has obviously reached a level of confidence, maturity, and mastery of song writing, technical execution as well as strength of production that this masterpiece will mark a milestone in a career that has already gathered momentum.
While INQUISITION have so far grown without full attention paid by the metal mainstream, they have nevertheless amassed a huge underground following. Such a pivotal shift always comes with a risk. The most loyal adherents might be antagonised if a band strays too far from course in their attempt to reach for the stars. There is no danger for this to happen with 'Bloodshed…'. Notable changes from the highly praised 'Obscure Verses For The Multiverse' (2013) are rather gradual than revolutionary, but still prove decisive. Dagon has slightly lowered his vocal pitch, which sounds less amphibian and the fiercer sound of his voice leaves a stronger impact. INQUISITION's song writing has been tightened and appears more focused without losing the trademark epic majesty. Each track hits its mark, there are no fillers. This album represents the culmination and peak of a long term gradual evolution.
INQUISITION hail from the US city of Seattle, Washington although originally formed by Dagon in the South American state of Colombia in 1989. Three demos were released during this early thrash metal period, before the frontman moved back to the United States in 1996. There Dagon was joined by drummer Incubus in 1997. Their debut full-length 'Into The Infernal Regions Of The Ancient Cult' (1998) immediately created a buzz in the netherworld of the black metal genre. Their impact on the scene deepened with each of the following four albums and the duo's much sought after back catalogue has meanwhile been reissued by Season of Mist in its entirety.
With 'Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith', INQUISITION are about to conquer the world. Resistance is futile.
Releases Season of Mist
|Fri, Jun 17 2016||FR||Clisson||Hellfest|
|Wed, Aug 10 2016||AU||Perth||Amplifier Bar|
|Thu, Aug 11 2016||AU||Melbourne||Max Watts|
|Fri, Aug 12 2016||AU||Brisbane||Crowbar|
|Sat, Aug 13 2016||AU||Sydney||Newtown Social Club|
|Sun, Aug 14 2016||AU||Canberra||The Basement|
|Fri, Aug 19 2016||NO||Borre||Midgardsblot Festival||exact date tbc|
|Wed, Oct 19 2016||DE||Hamburg||Markthalle|
|Thu, Oct 20 2016||DK||København||Beta|
|Fri, Oct 21 2016||DE||Berlin||TBA|
|Sat, Oct 22 2016||PL||Warszawa||Progresja|
|Sun, Oct 23 2016||PL||Katowice||Mega Club|
|Mon, Oct 24 2016||CZ||Praha||Storm|
|Tue, Oct 25 2016||HU||Budapest||Barba Negra|
|Wed, Oct 26 2016||SL||Ljubljana||Gala Hala|
|Thu, Oct 27 2016||AT||Salzburg||Rockhouse|
|Fri, Oct 28 2016||DE||München||Backstage|
|Sat, Oct 29 2016||IT||Brescia||Circolo Colony|
|Sun, Oct 30 2016||CH||Lausanne||Les Docks|
|Mon, Oct 31 2016||FR||Lyon||CCO|
|Tue, Nov 01 2016||FR||Luynes||Le Korigan|
|Wed, Nov 02 2016||ES||Madrid||Caracol|
|Thu, Nov 03 2016||ES||Barcelona||Apolo 2|
|Fri, Nov 04 2016||FR||Toulouse||Metronum|
|Sat, Nov 05 2016||FR||Rennes||Ubu|
|Sun, Nov 06 2016||FR||Paris||Petit Bain|
|Mon, Nov 07 2016||UK||London||Islington Assembly Hall|
|Tue, Nov 08 2016||IR||Dublin||Voodoo Lounge|
|Thu, Nov 10 2016||LU||Esch-sur -Alzette||Kultur Fabrik|
|Fri, Nov 11 2016||DE||Bochum||Matrix|
|Sat, Nov 12 2016||NL||Nijmegen||Doornroosje|
|Sun, Nov 13 2016||BE||Vosselaar||Biebob|
|Mon, Nov 14 2016||DE||Weinheim||Café Central|