Rating:
8.5
Inquisitor - The Quantum Theory Of Id
2 April 2011


01. Infimum
02. Pricipia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis
03. Die Welt Als Wille Und Vorstellung
04. Corpus Hermeticum
05. The End Of Certainty; Supremum


Not too long ago, some of you may remember me not shutting up about a fresh new band called Smohalla. Well, I'll be damned, Santy Clause has been reading my reviews, and decided to leave me a belated Christmas gift on my doorstep. More nutty avant-garde black metal. Not exactly the same vein as the grand Smohalla, but I'll be damned if it doesn't push all the same buttons.

What we have here sounds almost like a cross between Death's Symbolic and Arcturus' Sideshow Symphonies. It's got an almost prog-like structure to the riffs, laid over top some zany piano bits giving the whole thing a spacey, atmospheric edge. That's the beauty of The Quantum Theory Of Id, even when it's at it's rowdiest, there's still a sense of ambiance somewhere in there. Of course, there is a wide array of tempos and moods in here; dark, sleepy depression, charging ferocity (of course), and even in some cases, an odd display of dreamy happiness. Well, maybe the same type of happiness you see in the eyes of Charles Manson, but happiness nonetheless.

The only problem lies in the piano, or more specifically, the occasional absence of the piano. It's really what makes and breaks this album. The first couple of minutes on the album are devoid of the fantastically psychotic sounding piano, and what a dry 5 minutes it is. Now, 5 minutes without that piano may seem trivial, but when you're staring down the barrel of an album consisting of 10 minute songs, and all you've heard thus far is a lot of merely mildly amusing riffs, it does get a bit tedious. Whenever they choose to abandon the keys in brief parts throughout the album, it only seems to pronounce how much they lean on them in the first place. It's a great sound, and surely a staple part of their persona, but it really painted them into a corner.

Honestly, just ignore that last paragraph. The Quantum Theory... does have it's flaws, as with any album, the ones found here are just incredibly trivial in the big picture. Inquisitor have created a fantastic avant-garde black metal piece worthy of a listen or two from anyone who enjoys neurotic sounding music.


 



Written on 06.01.2012 by
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Troy Killjoy - 06.01.2012 at 07:34  
Shit I thought you reviewed a new Inquisition album and I was stoked.

Oh well, I should probably check this out anyway. I've been getting into more avant-garde black metal thanks to Joe.
Mr. Doctor - 06.01.2012 at 15:25  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 06.01.2012 at 07:34
Shit I thought you reviewed a new Inquisition album and I was stoked.


Heh, I thought I would be the only one.
But yeah, totally checking this out, seems like something I would enjoy... The piano seems interesting.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.01.2012 at 15:32  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 06.01.2012 at 07:34

Shit I thought you reviewed a new Inquisition album and I was stoked.

Oh well, I should probably check this out anyway. I've been getting into more avant-garde black metal thanks to Joe.

Haha, I don't know how =P I didn't realise anyone listens to me.

Still though, Smohalla turned out to be a gem so will defo check this.
Susan - 06.01.2012 at 18:03  
Smohalla-esque strange avant metal WITH prominent piano?!!? Gimme
Merchant of Doom - 07.01.2012 at 11:35  
Since nobody could be bothered to update the band's page and there are no links posted, you can listen to it here...

http://inquisitor.bandcamp.com/

Quite good, BTW, but not 8.5...
Milena - 07.01.2012 at 11:47  
May I say that the album name is the most pretentious thing I've heard in a long long time, and I listen to goddamn prog
Ag Fox - 10.01.2012 at 16:49  
Sounds like something i would like

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