The Inquisitionist

by Gourmand

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Robert Riley Its slightly heavier than Taylor Swift but not too heavy like that metal group Nickleback. Favorite track: Philosophic Purgatory.
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Len van der Wolf Such a great way to start this new year! Favorite track: The Tempter.
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"The Inquisitionist" is a conceptual metal album that follows the narrative of a protagonist in search of personal fulfillment, meaning, and ethical soundness. Exploring topics such as existentialism, nihilism, gluttony, obsession, moral truth, and religious scrupulosity, "The Inquisitionist" combines traditional death metal elements as well as classical instruments and melodic interludes to explore our common humanity and the attempt to synchronize ourselves to the ever changing world around us.

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released January 1, 2017

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Gourmand Kansas City, Missouri

gour·mand

/ˌɡo͝orˈmänd/

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1. a person who is devoted to eating and drinking in excess
2. a connoisseur of good food and drink
3. a death metal band

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Track Name: The Tempter
This is becoming a pessimists domain
Where The days drag and the night's never end
Swarms of claws crawl from the books
Their fingers tempting me into a pit in which I can’t return

There must be more
Behind each door lies infinite paths
I make a choice
Nihilist illusion to be surpassed

For 40 days
And 40 nights
I wonder
I am lost, seduced by the tempter

Swarms of claws are crawling from the books
Their fingers are tempting me

There must be more
Behind each door lies infinite paths
I make a choice
Nihilist illusion to be surpassed

For 40 days
And 40 nights
I wonder
I am lost
Seduced by the tempter

The gravity of these thoughts
Could crush mountains into dust

For better or worse
I accept this cure
It is a part of me
Stuck in purgatory
Track Name: Philosophic Purgatory
Purgatory

From Eden until the end
Our knowledge is limited
To be human, controlled or illusion?
Reading endlessly and digging manically
Philosophic purgatory

Trying to complete our story
Philosophic purgatory
Asking questions with no answers
In the abyss sinking faster
Gripping to reality as its fabrics are escaping
Weaving through our hands like sand
To be man is to be stuck in
Purgatory...

…(From Eden) until the end
Our knowledge is limited
To be human
Controlled or illusion?
Reading endlessly and digging maniacally
Philosophic purgatory

From eden to the end
Our knowledge limited
To a story that writes and then re-writes itself
Floating endlessly in
Seas of greater questions
Continually we write and re-write ourselves

Trying to complete our story
Philosophic purgatory
Asking questions with no answers
In the abyss sinking faster
Gripping to reality as its fabrics are escaping
Weaving through our hands like sand
To be man is to be stuck in purgatory
Track Name: Scrupulous
Scrupulous
Running to earth's end
There’s no solution
The candle flickers
So does my sanity
Scrupulosity controlling every single part of me
I have not control over my world
Spiraling into the void
I am lost inside of my own mind
The candle flickers, so does my sanity
Scrupulous
These inquisitions are scratching my mind
Running to earth's end
There’s no solution
The candle flickers
So does my sanity
Scrupulosity controlling every single part of me
I have no control over my world
Spiraling into the void, I am lost
The candle flickers, so does my sanity
Running to earth's end
There’s no solution
The candle flickers
So does my sanity
Track Name: Engorge (feat. Devon Ferrara of Marasmus)
Engorge and fill your mind
You have no choice
But to consume everything
Engorge
Gorging on information
But it is never filling
I would do anything
For the thoughts to soothe me
Engorge. indulge
With no control
Giving up everything
My own mind and body
Intemperance in my thoughts
The hunger is never ending
Consume, dwindle
Into nothing
Engorge

In the end when the evil had consumed everything they had, and his grave disease needed ever more food, (he) began to tear at his limbs and gnaw them with his teeth, and the unhappy man fed, little by little, on his own body

Gorging on information
Engorge and fill your mind
You have no choice
But to consume everything


**Ovid, Metamorphosis
Track Name: Acolyte of Rationality
Acolyte of rationality, light the flame
Commence a sober reality
Elevated, amongst our brothers
For are dictators, re-writing our masterpiece

This pathological uncertainty
And endless soul searching
Seems to have ended in ecstasy
Though the moment may be fleeting
Keep the candle burning

Acolyte, light the flame

Constellations dance
Taking form at my command
Through the eyes of a god I see
Past the linear reality

Acolyte, light the flame

This pathological uncertainty
And endless soul searching
Seems to have ended in ecstasy
Though the moment may be fleeting
Keep the candle burning
Track Name: Intellectual Incest
Intellectual Incest

There is no wrong without opposition
A senseless fight for the power position
Complete lack of communication
Competing viewpoints crushed and lost
The pendulum swings
And the gavel thrusts

Intellectual Incest

If morality binds - it blinds too
It will conquer and divide you
An echo chamber where no ideas die
Regurgitating our own lies
Extremist teams exist on each side
Take the middle path

Intellectual Incest
Safely secured in an un punctured nest
Contained by your false absolutes
In a never changing world view
Intellectual Incest
Track Name: The Hive Switch (feat. Kris Bolton of Unmerciful)
Ego deconstruction occurs
The self expands, right and left blur
What are we without our brothers?
Blood of our blood, sons of the son
Alone we will plunder

Finally, illusions surpassed
In groups we are unstoppable
Unified mass, ultra social
Multiple selection formed us
Abide the hive switch or perish

Humans of hivish tendencies
The same color blood, we all bleed
Each of us sons of our mothers
Despite all differences
One in our existence
Entwined by humanness

Finally, illusions surpassed
In groups we are unstoppable
Unified mass, ultra social
The Survival of the fittest
Multiplied by 7 billion
Do not disobey the pack

In blood it's written, the human pact
Leave behind our arrogance
Embrace our common intellect
Evolved as a single unit
Progress or vanish like an insect
Track Name: Greater Questions
Now I arise, resurrected in knowledge
The candles engulfs, I respond to my calling

Stretching the greater questions
Black and white start to bleed
Into the grey that lies in between

Now I’m alive. conquerer of inquisitions
The candle engulfs, I respond to my calling

Stretching the greater questions
Black and white, they start to bleed
Into the grey that lies in between

Greater Questions

The most beautiful medleys
Embrace and soothe me
Caress me, seduce me
In this epiphany
The greater questions become clear to me
Track Name: II. Emanate
At the peak of understanding
Staring into everything
Resting in a single moment
Where the flame burns eternally

In the pursuit of our purpose
We search for something more
Evolved from our makeup, emerged from our core
The answers lie in everything with a will to survive
Inherent in it’s nature with no explanation why

Engorge...
For forty days and forty nights I wonder…
I light the flame