Album Review: Inquisition – “Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith”

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Everyone’s favorite Nazi but not Nazi (see?) Colombian/Seattle black metal 2-piece is back with Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith. I have no idea what this band’s world views are aside from talking a lot about Celestial Magic Satan or something or other. All I know is that since I first heard 2013’s Obscure Verses for the Multiverse I have loved this band. With their latest work, Inquisition gives us some of their standard rippers, some older sounds from earlier in the band’s extensive career, and some wonderful and sometimes completely surprising new ground.

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Best of 2016, Q2: Josh Thieler’s List

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2016 has been an incredible year for music. So much came out in the first quarter that I never could narrow it down enough to name any favorites. For this second quarter, I was determined to compile this list if it killed me. There probably would be more on this list, but a lot of records came out in the final week of June that I will probably sneak into my Q3 list. Through much internal wrestling, tears, and over 1,000 hours of listening to new records, I have finally been able to come up with my list of favorites for 2nd quarter 2016.

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