It always has baffled me why reissues of thrash are always unappreciated and get lesser attention compared to those of the death metal genre. I believe thrash metal of 2-3 decades back gives you same type of raw brutality that the seasoned death metal fans love those reissues for. In any case, we have here a reissue of a 1996 album ‘Walpurgis = Sabbath Of Lust’ by thrash death band from Netherland, Inquisitor.
The music is here fast paced, in-your-face, oozes raw feeling throughout the album, and was originally released in a decade that many consider to be a dull period for metal as a whole. For an album that was released that long ago, the technicality in the riffs is mind blowing, and the nasty growling vocals of Alex Wesdikj amazes. The continuous double blast beats give the album the death metal feel, and like you expected the vocals bring in the thrash metal feel.
The guitars here are mostly chaotic and tend to lean towards the death metal genre, with those thick grinding ear piercing sound, found in many old school death metal albums. The solos like in ‘Condemned Saints’ and ‘Unholy Seeds’ scream out and are technical and commendable for the time the album came out. There are shades of chaotic black metal style as seen in ‘Chaos Of Eden’ which is another impressive song, which also reminds me how much these guys have been influenced by legends like Sadus and Slayer, to mix multiple genres and create that unique sound of their own.
A special mention has to go to the intelligently used bass solos in ‘Unholy Seeds’, reminding me some bass solos from Cannibal Corpse, yes this sound is that heavy! The rest of the album goes along the same path bringing nothing but chaotic combination of death metal with thrash metal vocals. Its so chaotic that at some stage its hard not to feel totally empty and being kicked in the stomach, its weird, brutal and amazing at the same time!
Every song in here is worth the listener’s time, and its hard for me to pick the best song as all the songs are really top notch. Pick this album if you’re a fan of 90’s raw face-melting chaotic thrash metal or just something really chaotic and in-your-face metal.