Released: 1996, Shiver Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Forgotten Gem Review
The Belgian Shiver Records put out a handful of good releases in the 90s ´til they went on hiatus for some years before eventually firing up their activities on the release front in January 2006 again.
One of the better releases that I remember from this label, was this Dutch death/thrash combo´s debut album, Inquisitor's WALPURGIS – SABBATH OF LUST, featuring a whirlwind of 11 intensely rolling and kicking cuts that were obviously meant to tame some waters.
Listening to the album, it´s Sadus´ name that pops up in my mind more than just once or twice - and especially their debut album ILLUSIONS, added with some hysteric bits of serial killer lovers, Macabre´s direction, I would say. Based on the sheer intensity of their songs on WALPURGIS, it´s rightful to say that these dudes carried the mantle of sonic terror proudly that left total havoc behind them whenever they hit.
Frantic speed and ever-burning aggression are those two main elements that are constantly present within Inquisitor´s songs - those also being the important and vital elements that I most often tend to look for in my daily dose of thrash/death metal. Inquisitor offers plenty of that through the whole album - and oh man, I feel indescribably entertained.
Erik´s piercing, somewhat simple chainsaw-like guitar riffing, Wim´s merciless blast beat attacks, Hans thunderous bass lines - and like a true icing of the cake, Alex´s extremely deranged and vicious vocal parts (Alex´s got a pretty amazing range of vocal styles that remind me of Darren Travis´ vocal outbursts a lot, varying from occasional growlings to King Diamond type of wailing) pushes the adrenaline levels, an integral ingredient of this album's unbeatable winner´s recipe. It´s only fair to state that this album simply screams to be reissued as I believe Shiver Records´ original edition wasn´t that big at all in the very first place.
Too bad this band is no longer among us. WALPURGIS - SABBATH OF LUST is anyway a great testament from this furiously blasting Belgian death/thrash troop whose first and so far last record has stood the test of time. Therefore in my opinion here´s a band that should be resurrected to the today´s commercial and polluted metal scene, most definitely!