Biography

In October 2014, the unthinkable happened, after almost two decades, Xtreme thrash metal band INQUISITOR from The Netherlands, resurrected in its original line-up. This unexpected rebirth happened only about one month prior to the re-release of INQUISITOR'S debut album “Walpurgis – Sabbath of Lust”, which has been done by Hammerheart Records in collaboration with members of INQUISITOR. The original album, and the demo's of the original line-up, have especially been remastered by JB v/d Wal (Aborted, Herder) for this re-release, which is available on a 2CD and on two separate LP's. The original album, which was released in 1996 on CD only and out of print for ages, has eventually become a collector's item to those who are searching for an obscure release like “Walpurgis – Sabbath of Lust”. What INQUISITOR sonically produced was fast, intense, technical, extreme, unorthodox, uncompromising metal performed with passion and energy and on top of it, were the sick and at the same time unique vocals of Alex Wesdijk, which in the end defined their own outstanding sound. The notoriously blasphemous artworks and some of the not-so-christian-friendly lyrics were a reaction to their existence in a part of the so-called Dutch bible belt.

The original line-up of INQUISITOR emerged in December 1991 from a Dutch area called The Veluwe. Their aim was to create an extreme form of thrash metal combined with dark and blasphemous lyrics, of which the result can be heard on their first demo "Blasphemous Accusations" which was released in 1992, and on their second demo "Your Pain Will Be Exquisite", which was unleashed upon mankind in 1993. To spread their unholy message, several gigs were done in The Netherlands, and also in Belgium and Germany. In 1995, INQUISITOR and bass-player/founding member Alex Bakker unfortunately went their separate ways. He was replaced by Hans Pos with whom the bass-duties were done on the album "Walpurgis - Sabbath of Lust", which was recorded in the RS29 Studio with Oscar Holleman in 1995, and was released by Shiver Records in 1996. With the new line-up, their self-proclaimed style of Pure God-Damned metal was unleashed upon their following through gigs in The Netherlands and also in Germany. However, shortly after the release of "Walpurgis - Sabbath of Lust", INQUISITOR slowly fell apart. In October 1996, vocalist Alex Wesdijk was no longer a member of INQUISITOR, and two months later in December, guitarist Erik Sprooten left, and joined ANCIENT RITES permanently. Drummer Wim van der Valk moved on with new members, but the sound changed dramatically that eventually a new band emerged out of this, which became known as CENTURIAN. In 2002 Wim van der Valk pulled the plug out of CENTURIAN, and hardly bashed the skins of his drumkit for about 12 years until the unexpected rebirth of INQUISITOR. INQUISITOR has come full circle now, and is back with a vengeance!

Inquisitor

INQUISITOR is: (fltr) Alex Wesdijk - Vocals, Erik Sprooten - Guitar, Alex Bakker - Bass, Wim van der Valk - Drums & Backing vocals