Inquisition

Amager Bio, Copenhagen - 2014

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

The satanic circus had rolled into town late February, Behemoth and Cradle Of Filth fighting for top position and three others to stoke the fires of hell.

Second one of the unholy support trinity was Inquisition from the USA (originally Colombia), a band I had no previous knowledge of whatsoever, and neither did I entertain much in the way of expectations...
Well, in we walked to the familiar setting of Amager Bio, and I could see that the two ring-leaders had filled much of the stage with their equipment already, leaving a strip at the front for the support bands to play on.
The band had just gone on stage and their music was thundering through the speakers, but I was confused as I could only see a drummer and a guitarist on the stage – with this sort of endless cacophony surely there had to be more people playing? I tried to peak around the speakers and through the various instruments occupying the stage to see what I would find.
As it turns out, there wasn’t anyone else to find. The band was, on stage as in studio, only the two hellish demons Dagon (a.k.a. Jason Weirbach) on vocals and guitar and Incubus (a.k.a. Thomas Stevens) on drums. Small in numbers perhaps, but the dark side turned out to be strong in these two.

“Good fucking evening Copenhagen!”
- Dagon (vocals/guitar)


Already at this relatively early hour the place was well stocked with people, eager to hear bands they might never have heard about before, or possibly an old favourite. Inquisition have after all, I have come to learn, existed since 1988 (then known as Guillotina, and playing thrash rather than the black metal we now heard).
Either way, Inquisition was ready to drop down on us like a hungry vulture. Dagon didn’t spend much time discussing world issues and track titles between songs – in fact, his only words all evening came before their last song, where he quickly rolled hello, good bye and everything in between up in one spicy roll.
Instead of talking, Inquisition kept the music flowing almost without breaks, music that was heavy, wicked, sometimes fast but also many times slow, borderline droning, and music that pierced our restless souls and infused us with the warmth of hell itself. It was also eerily catchy.
So the music was doing its job to keep us interested, but the band had more to offer – even though they were only two guys in the band, there were still three microphones standing at the front of the stage, and Dagon made good use of all of them. He wasn’t fast, but there was something deliberate about his moves, not studied but powerful, and more than once I thought about the similarities to Abbath of Immortal. Inquisitions sound wasn’t far off from Immortal country either, so fans of that band would definitely have a treat with Inquisition.
Incubus didn’t get a mic even though they were plentiful, and of course he didn’t get up and walk around either, but he did get up a few times, holding high his drum-sticks in the shape of an inverted cross.

It wasn’t exactly a wild crowd watching Inquisition, which led me to believe that I was probably not the only one hearing about them for the first time tonight, but as Copenhagen caught on to what they were up to, the band began getting some more than decent shouts of appreciation and applause in the short breaks between the songs.
Me, I couldn’t stop smiling through the entire concert, a sincere smile brought on by the unadulterated awesomeness that was Inquisition - everything they did was just so right, right for the evening, right for my mood, simply right. Of song titles I only caught the one, the last one in fact, and it was called Infinite Interstellar Genocide. Just let that roll over your tongue for a second, taste the ingredients, savour the flavour. Awesome, right? Damn straight!

Yes, Inquisition did a devilish job of damning our souls, and they did it so damnably well that theirs is the show that stands out as the best of the evening for me.

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