Inquisition
Magnificent Glorification of Lucifer


2.0
poor

Review

by ElHombreChino USER (4 Reviews)
February 25th, 2018 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hail Satan et cetera...

I’m not going to dance around it: I don’t like Inquisition.

There are several things that are wrong with this band and I think those aspects can be applied not only to 'Magnificent Glorification of Lucifer' but, to a good extent, to the other albums of this band (I admit I don’t know their entire discography but I assume they never had a major stylistic change. If I am wrong and someone wants to suggest some different albums of theirs I’ll be happy to listen to that). Il try to be organized and do a list of the more problematic aspects of this album and more generally of this band.

1. The sound
I know, a big part of the black metal fanbase really appreciates the lo-fi aspect of the recording. And it’s a thing that, though I can’t really understand, I can tollerate. If a band has some really good Ideas, i can get passed a bad sound engineering, but here it really sounds deliberate. There are only 2 instruments plus the voice in here, and I really can't decide what sounds worse. And what’s astonishing is that this isn’t an early 90’s recording of an emerging band. This is their third official record and it was made in 2004! If you want to understand how bad of a sound this is by 2004 standards, just listen to the first minute of this record and then listen to the beginning of Behemoth’s Demigod, recorded the same year.

2. The voice
What the hell is Dagon doing at the microphone? I really don’t get it. It doesn’t sound like anything, it’s like a weird nasal gargle. He constantly sounds like he has something stuck in his throat. I read a little bit of fan reviews and apparently his vocal style is supposed to sound dark and sinister, I only find it childish and as “spooky” as a Scooby-Doo villain. I somewhat understand where he’s trying to go with it in the slower ritual-like songs like 'Eternal Loyalty to our Lord Satan', which is one of the songs I enjoyed the most on the album, but this vocal style really fails to fit in the more aggressive song. This style of voice brings me to another section of this review...

3. the innovation
In my search for a reason why fans of Inquisition like this band, I’ve often stumbled into sentences like “their innovative style on chant” or “the unique drum technique”. There’s a general understanding of Inquisition as having some avant-garde / experimental techniques. I’m not sure about that, I really think that the uniqueness of some features of this band are the result of a lack of technique rather than a genuine research for new sounds. There is no sign in the entire album of a research to push the genre forward in any aspect. The only thing that differs in the drumming style is that Incubus is not really good at it (which is not so innovative in black metal after all...). And I would believe that Dagon's singing style was an experiment only if he used it in different ways based on the contest of the song, but this never happens: as soon as he starts playing guitar, he also starts with his same annoying screaming... The only actual part of the album which displays some kind of experimentation is the hidden track (is it technically part of the album? Yeah why not?!). I must say that I think the hidden track is quite a highlight and perhaps in some parts the best sounding moment of the album, but even here I think Inquisition shows how little they can do with their experiments, because avant-garde music is not just making some random things. Random experiment can be a part of the research but this must be followed by reflection and elaboration of the results.
But enough with the philosophical implications of avant-garde music! Let’s get to the final point of the review!

4. Hail Satan!
I know, i know... I can’t be mad at a black metal band for using satanic themes, and I’m not. I always found this kind of themes childish and not scary at all. But... there is a way to write good satanic lyrics. I’ve already quoted Behemoth before so i’ll stick with them here as they fit well. If you listen to the Satanist’s lyrics you can hear that they’ve done their research. I don't want to say that you have to know Latin to write good black metal, but if you want this topic to sound scary, you have to have it related to something sounding ancient, great and powerful. This majestic sense of some ancient power that could be brought back from the underground with a mystical ritual is what could be scary about Satanism. Inquisition's lyrics just remind me of the Mountain Goat’s “the best ever death metal band out of Denton”, It sounds like some children screaming Hail Satan and rollin their eyes, that could perhaps scare your religious granny but nothing more than that.

And that’s all I think. I know a lot of the things I can’t stand about Inquisition's Music is exactly the reason why others like them... And I guess if you're really into black metal you could have a good time listening to this. I personally think I’ll never listen to them again.
I have to go now, this made me want to listen to Mgla.


user ratings (96)
3.6
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Comments:Add a Comment 
ElHombreChino
February 25th 2018


73 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Voilà my review. Thanks to CugnoBrasso for proofreading.

I'm open to suggestions

tastepolice
February 25th 2018


422 Comments


lol dumbass

ElHombreChino
February 25th 2018


73 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks tastepolice for your kind suggestion

bgillesp
February 25th 2018


8867 Comments


Lots of spelling and grammar stuff (I'm guessing you're not English native but maybe get someone to help you with that). Other than that, some of your points are valid to make such as 4 and 3, but 1 just seems like you don't understand the genre. I'm not going to neg since this was obviously out of your comfort zone, but that's just my 2 cents.

Hawks
February 25th 2018


86681 Comments


God awful review, great band.

necropig
February 25th 2018


7404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great band [2]

GUNGFUHAMMERFIST
February 25th 2018


520 Comments


[3]

ShadowRemains
February 26th 2018


27720 Comments


the fuck is this

Dedes
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2018


9939 Comments


I'm...surprised this was proofread. This is still rife with mistakes, and you make some rather odd claims here. I have never heard of fans saying this band is avant garde.

ramon.
February 26th 2018


4181 Comments


“I'm...surprised this was proofread” [2]
Entertaining read nonetheless

MoosechriS
February 26th 2018


6353 Comments


This isn’t so much a review as it is someone just moaning about a band they don’t like.

Alastor
February 26th 2018


2151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"If a band has some really good Ideas, i can get passed a bad sound engineering, but here it really sounds deliberate."



You don't say.

ElHombreChino
February 26th 2018


73 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haha. I apologize for the grammar and spelling error I'll try to clean it up a little more.

But i stand by my opinions, and I'm sorry if you see this review as an insult or whatever. My goal isn't to diss anyone





Alastor
February 26th 2018


2151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's funny how you try to hide your general distaste for black metal with some mid-tier name dropping. Overall you come across like a total wimp that tries to get into the 'hard stuff' but fails due to his utter misunderstanding of the genre's abrasive ideology.



The good thing about this review is that it gave me a reason to jam this album again, so thx bud.

ElHombreChino
February 26th 2018


73 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You're welcome Alastor, I hope you'll enjoy it. I'm sure there must be something I don't get in this band... In fact I would be more than eager to read a review from some of you from the "opposite side". There's always something to learn.

Spacesh1p
February 26th 2018


7716 Comments


Inquisition own, totally disagree with everything you've written.

zaruyache
February 26th 2018


27331 Comments


Not as brutal as deafheaven. 777/666

Band is bad tho

bloc
February 26th 2018


69881 Comments


Haven't heard this particular album, but I kinda dig the band. The space frog vocals grew on me.

Dimorphic
February 26th 2018


1380 Comments


He tried his hardest to put across his personal viewpoints even if they are unpopular, etc. I don't agree with much of what he said, but I'm interested in reading other opinions. No need to abuse him quite so hard!

Alastor
February 26th 2018


2151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Personal viewpoints are most interesting if the person has some knowledge on the subject. This review is the equivalence of me writing about a jazz album and complaining that 'it sounds like they improvised large parts of it!' But it's true, there is some entertaining and educational value in every well expressed personal opinion.



@ElHombre: If you REALLY want to give the band another chance, check Ominous Doctrines, one of their later albums. At least the production should give you no qualms there. Desolate Funeral Chant m/



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