Reviewed: September 2022
Released: 2022, Gilead Media
Reviewer: Demitri Levantis
I know it’s one of life’s biggest cliches to say “words cannot describe something…” but when you come across an album that hooks you like a fish to an angler’s rod and doesn’t let go until the last second, there really is no other way. By that, I am referring to “Equinox Vigil” the third album from Minneapolis-based duo Inexorum – a band who have managed to mine the rarest and most precious black metal gem that has yet to be outdone this year.
One thing that came into my head as the album galloped into ecstatic oblivion with its earworm melodies, was that I’d come across an album that would be in my personal top 10 at the end of the year, and to anyone who digs melodic, atmospheric or blackened speed metal – or even black metal that shares a lot of elements with power metal, you need to hear this one.
Inexorum has conjured something of demonic power that has brought a whole new level of wonderment to the black metal world and stands high and mighty above the other contenders for black metal brilliance. Blast beats are precise, the melodies flow like the waterfall on the album’s cover, and the vocals are spaced out with excellent symmetry both clean and harsh – making Equinox Vigil a finely forged piece of musical excellence that will keep bringing people back for more.
So far I’ve listened to this album at least 12 times since discovering it almost a month ago, and can only pray that the forces of nature align and that Inexorum come to the UK sometime soon and let me witness this black metal brilliance in person. Don’t be surprised to see this album in my or other metal critics’ top 10 lists when the year comes to a close. Excellent job, lads.