Inquisition has never been your typical run of the mill black metal band, neither have they been the most sonically accessible band in light of the preconceptions people often carry due to the normative mould that the various European black metal scenes of the 1990s forged in terms of the stereotyped sound for the genre, and in turn welded into the psyches of the metal masses. But that is essentially the allure of Inquisition – throughout their long career that spans an excess of over two decades, the band has churned out stylistically consistent material without descending into the trap of creative conformance (an oxymoron of sorts, admittedly) in line with the expectations of enthusiasts. They’ve often been the type who have instead dictated terms to the sea of aficionados of black metal and produced music on their own terms, a formula that has evidently been very successful, cementing them as one of black metal’s most unique forces.
Recently they toured Europe with Behemoth, Entombed A.D. & Abbath and we at Metal Wani had a chance to have an indepth chat with the founding member and frontman Dagon. The Interview is divided into 2 parts. In this Part 1, Dagon discusses European tour with Behemoth, Abbath and Entombed A.D., difference in playing live in Europe and North America, why extreme metal is cherished more in Europe, why Europe has a solid metal scene as compared to North America, upcoming new album which is slated to release in May, how to band plans to continue the focus on Astrophysics and conception of the cosmos, shift from medieval satanism and occult themes, how literature or philosophy channels inspiration to write lyrics and much more.
Stream Part 1 Below:
In Part 2, Dagon throws light on how spiritually connected he feels with Black Metal, why It’s Black Metal inspires people to search for answers and why Black metal is a fire that makes your soul alive. Dagon also discusses the guitar playing style and virtuosic usage of counterpoint, why he likes to have a single guitarist in the band & why band doesn’t plan to have an additional member. He explains the difficult it is to find an ideological and musically compatible member to form a trio, playing in India for the first time and upcoming touring plans.
Stream Part 2 Below: