I can't talk about Inquisition's music without mentioning Dagon's vocals, which are so odd that you could be forgiven for assuming they're a joke: he uses a dry, monotone croak that sounds like a cross between an evil Popeye and the bottom-heavy Tuvan throat-singing style called kargyraa. I'll be honest, they took a while to grow on me—but now I think I actually like them better than black metal's de rigueur shrieks and growls, which fatigue my ears so quickly that I tend to tune them out after a few songs.
Dagon's guitar playing is almost as distinctive, relying heavily on riffs that cycle like a hypnotist's pendulum, full of almost psychedelic smears and queasy-making leaps and slides. They work just as well against a stiff half-time stomp as they do against one of Incubus's frenzied blastbeats.
Here are a few of my favorite tracks from Ominous Doctrines: