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Tue, May 05 2015: INQUISITION

Latest release: "Ominous Doctrines Of The Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm"

Release date: Mon, Jun 15 2015

INQUISITION have unveiled the new artwork for the reissue of their 2011 masterpiece 'Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm', which has been scheduled for release on the 18th of May 2015 (North America in January 2016). The American black metal icon also reveals the fantastic concept behind Paolo Girardi's paintings. You can read about the details below.

'Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm' is available for pre-order at the Season of Mist shop in various formats including strictly limited leather sleeves. The new artwork of 'Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm' can be viewed below.



  1. Astral Path To Supreme Majesties
  2. Command Of The Dark Crown
  3. Desolate Funeral Chant
  4. Cosmic Invocation Rites
  5. Conjuration
  6. Upon The Fire Winged Demon
  7. Ominous Doctrines Of The Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm
  8. Crepuscular Battle Hymn
  9. Hymn For A Dead Star
  10. Across The Abyss Ancient Horns Bray

All INQUISITION reissues, which are exclusively released via Season of Mist, come with new artwork by Paolo Girardi. The renowned artist already created the cover art for the US duo's latest album 'Obscure Verses For The Multiverse' (2013). The original artwork will be included each time as well. Girardi's covers are part of an overarching concept and should be seen in conjunction.

INQUISITION's infernal concept goes back to an idea of Season of Mist CEO Michael Berberian and is based on medieval altar painting such as the triptych 'The Last Judgement', which is attributed to German artist Hans Memling from the 15th century (the original panels can be viewed together here). Paolo Girardi echoes its composition of a central painting flanked by two outer wings and their backsides in the five cover artworks of the reissues. Yet instead of the celestial Day of Judgement, the Italian adapts the original motif to the black metal context. He depicts a scene from the pits of Hell. The souls are now being weighed by the Angel of Death instead of St. Michael the Archangel, and none are being led by St. Peter to the Gates of Paradise, but those not rising to worship the Devil are convicted to flame and torture.


The "open triptych" is shown above. The "backsides" of the "closed outer wings" depict demons that are clad in the ornate of cardinal and bishop - in place of the benefactors on the original altar. And yes, we are cheating a bit with the dimensions in the picture below in order to explain the purpose.


Paolo Girardi states: "I will put 'my own seed' in these paintings, as always. This opportunity, this path gives me the possibility to dive, breathe, live inside my roots; handing them down to nowadays' people. It's a deep emotion for me being part of past, present and future, all in the same time. INQUISITION's spirit is the same: tradition, roots and avant-garde at the same time, never forgetting our natural, earthly, temporal, passing... human limits. This is how I 'see' our collaboration. Time and space: they disappear when you feel as one with your path.

This is a challenge and a deep embrace with my old masters. I don't want be compared to my masters, they will always be my masters. This is just a tribute to the example. they've always given me. For the triptych's concept, I just join the feeling, the Weltanschauung of times (fear, terror, pain, salvation) with our actual way to see reality. A formal, aesthetic experience that 'touches' and involves my deepest, irrational part. So it includes my, our way to percieve reality around us."

Paolo Girardi can be seen below with his paintings for INQUISITION.


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All previous INQUISITION re-issues by Season of Mist with Paolo Girardi's cover art can still be ordered. The full catalogue of the Americans is available in various formats including strictly limited collectors' vinyl versions in leather sleeves through the Season of Mist shop.

INQUISITION have already been announced to perform at a string of festivals this spring and summer. More will follow soon. All confirmed shows can be viewed below.


09 May 15 Zapopan, Jalisco (MX) Parque Industrial Belenes Norte (Force Fest 2015) 16 May 15 Portland, OR (US) Ash Street Saloon (Northwestern Black Circle Fest VI)
06 Jun 15 Bangalore (IN) Bangalore Open Air
10 Jul 15 Neskaupsta├░ur (IS) Eistnaflug Festival
13 Aug 15 Dinkelsb├╝hl (DE) Summer Breeze Open Air (exact date tbc)

INQUISITION are touring in support of their latest full-length 'Obscure Verses for the Multiverse', which is available in various formats via the Season of Mist shop.

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