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Inquisition - Revolution...I Think It's Called Inspiration [reissue] (Cover Artwork)

Inquisition

Inquisition: Revolution...I Think It's Called Inspiration [reissue]Revolution...I Think It's Called Inspiration [reissue] (2005)
A-F Records

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Alright, maybe a few of you already have this album. It is ten years old after all, but now it has been re-mastered (cue collective oooh's and ahhh's). Who cares that it's just a reissue of an old album? It's great. To compose a brief history for those not familiar, I will note just a few things..
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Alright, maybe a few of you already have this album. It is ten years old after all, but now it has been re-mastered (cue collective oooh's and ahhh's). Who cares that it's just a reissue of an old album? It's great.

To compose a brief history for those not familiar, I will note just a few things. This album was originally released in 1995 and members went on to form Strike Anywhere (named after one of the songs on the album), Ann Beretta, and River City High. They are cited as an inspiration for the likes of Hot Water Music, Ensign, Dashboard Confessional, Suicide Machines, and Anti-Flag.

Enough of the BS though; how is the album? Forget about 10 years ago; it's an excellent album right now. It's hard to avoid comparisons to a more complex version of early Strike Anywhere with Thomas (now singing for said band) at the vocal front here, but it's interesting to hear what might happen when you take the Chorus of One EP and add even more well-developed ideas both musically and lyrically in the same relatively raw atmosphere.

It would be near impossible to pick key tracks from this album, as it is solid from beginning to end. Every song seems to have something special to it, and no one track sticks out as better, or worse, than the rest. Yet, if any song does stand out, it's "Hotel X (Idle Kids Part Two)," simply due to the change of pace. The rest of the album is fast and hard-hitting with a political and social tone running through it. "Hotel" slows things down, adds a little harmonica, and becomes a quasi-ballad with a heavy emphasis on the lyrics.

Aside from the music, the re-release features the same album cover as `95, but features a ton of new artwork with the liner notes, which seems to be a minor detail, but there's no reason to turn down extras.

For anyone thinking that remastering the album might hurt the sound, Thomas Barnett (Strike Anywhere) was called in to watch over the process, and everything does sound top-notch. It seems that the re-release of this album was done well, and whether you are previously familiar with their music or not, I would definitely recommend picking it up.

The band was short-lived in the 90s, but it definitely wasn't due to a lack of talent. Jay of the Suicide Machines said of Inquisition, "They were and still are everything missing in punk." This may sound almost impossible to live up to, but give it a listen and you may agree.

(Note: I'm sure it's highly unlikely, but if anyone important is reading this, a tour to support this would be awesome.)

 

 
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DIYorDONT (May 18, 2009)

I'll never forget the day my friend, Aaron, copied this CD for me. It's incredible.

xtomhallx (April 3, 2006)

"(Note: I‚??m sure it‚??s highly unlikely, but if anyone important is reading this, a tour to support this would be awesome.) "

tell me about it.

RondoMondo (October 31, 2005)

The guy who keeps shit talking on Thomas must really have some problem with him. Dude, we're all sorry Thomas broke up with you, but please, we got your point the first time.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Thomas' lyrics are insipid.
Thomas' vocals are tired and lackluster.

Kid Dynamite is incredible
Jason's vocals are some of the best I have ever heard.

Fraternity brothers don't hive-five people for mentioning the founding fathers and the commonwealth.

bobbett (October 29, 2005)

so nobody has the demos?

Anonymous (October 28, 2005)

OK...
Truth of the matter is that the reason Thomas didn't join Kid Dynamite was purely geographical and mostly based on Thomas' not wanting to relocate at the time. It was a mutual decision between Thomas and Dr. Dan and had nothing to do with Thomas' singing or lyrical abilities.
Thomas was asked by Dr. Dan to try out for Kid Dynamite BECAUSE of this record... In fact that meeting led to Thomas' inital dealings with Jade Tree that partially led to the signing of Strike Anywhere.
To pop off about why Thomas did not ultimately end up singing for KD when you really have no idea is just silly.
I think KD would have been just as good with Thomas as they were with Jason... a different band and a slightly different sound, for sure... but easily AS good.
Frankly I'm glad Thomas didn't go with the gig for the simple fact that I love both Kid Dynamite AND Strike Anywhere... so I get TWO bands to love instead of one...

Anonymous (October 27, 2005)

"I know you Viriginia fellas want something to be proud of, but can't you just nod to Thomas Jefferson and UVA football and let the real bands do the work?"

dude! good one! i bet your Fratenity Brothers high-fived you for that!

Anonymous (October 27, 2005)

I just found out that MRR is in trouble because of the same distributor that's causing problems for Punk Planet. Clearly, we need a punk rock inquisition.

dougkatz (October 27, 2005)

i love the instrumentation on this inquisition stuff so i guess i would probably be into ann beretta

strike anywhere demo and ep was good and then it was all downhill from there

sickboi (October 27, 2005)

Last thing, as I said below....Inquisition was Ann Beretta riffs (bouncy pop punk) with raspy vocals. Nothing like Strike Anywhere.

sickboi (October 27, 2005)

And maybe the Vick brothers are herpe-infested Ron Mexicans, but you can not deny their natural talent.

sickboi (October 27, 2005)

Channel 43's music is decent, but that drummer/singer dude, I wanna say his name is Chris? He's a complete douchebag. A fucking tool in the truest sense. I hate that guy in every sense of the word. Everything from his colored sunglasses he wears all the fucking time (green or red) to his piss-poor mohawk to his psuedo punkrawk leather jacket. The guy is an arrogant prick.

And no, this isn't internet talk, I'd tell this straight to his face.

dougkatz (October 27, 2005)

and as for saying that this record shows why tomas wasn't selected to join kid dynamite is bullshit, as he is amazing on this record. have you even heard what jay was singing like with the band Bound before KD?

dougkatz (October 27, 2005)

wait a minute

this inquisition release sounds like ann beretta? looks like i need to go out to the store (or download) for some of that band, of whom my first exposure was them ripping off worthless nj with their song "fire in the hole" giving me a sour taste.

also showing the tomas demos with KD doesn't show "how far they've come" he was just auditioning with them, like everyone was. i'd hate to think of how wasted those songs would be with someone like tomas behind the lyrical content.

MrStabone (October 27, 2005)

i'm here to set things straight

i am a diehard Hoo fan, but tech is a better team. that said, they are still WAY overrated as usual. they will lose in Blacksburg to the Canes and the Hoos will beat them in Cville. What happened last week against Carolina was a fucking embarrassment to the entire commonwealth though. and sickboi - why brag about the vicks? would you brag about having herpes too?

wow. i almost didn't read this review cause i've owned this record since before most of you knew how to jerk off, but damn i am glad i did.

and not all the people backing Strike Anywhere are from VA. get real people. that band has a world wide following that they deserve cause they fucking rule. believe me, the state of current music in RVA as SIckboi can attest to is pretty bad. it's all about out weirding the next band, dumb haircuts and 90 dollar jeans - as far as i can tell. of the newer bands though, pink razors are great and we played with Channel 43 who sound like a more rock n roll version of Hot Water - check em out.

and to the anonymous shit talking of Thomas vocals. come the fuck on! both bands i have heard that he was in are good. but Inqusition was way more Ann Beretta than they are Strike Anywhere. just listen to the CD. it sounds way more like that first Ann Beretta EP than anything SA ever did.

i'm done.

oh and by the way sickboi - you left out a crucial band from charlottesville on your list.

of course, i am talking about Dave Matthews!

bobbett (October 26, 2005)

forgot the score!

bobbett (October 26, 2005)

but really, does anybody have the demos of kid dynamite with thomas doing vocals?

skaboom (October 26, 2005)

UVa is 4-3. And we beat #4 FSU.
VT has an agriculture school.

YOU DECIDE.

Anonymous (October 26, 2005)

NO! Did you not get what I was saying? I was saying that listening to this makes it clear that he is absolutely second-rate. The try-outs should not have been included on Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems, because the space was better used with Jason. Heck, if they had run outof material, I would have preferred to hear Jason singing in the shower or gargling Listerine than Thomas' shite. He auditioned and didn't get it because he is nowhere near as good. He's not even impressive in his own right.

that, my friend, is pure bullshit. thomas is not second-rate, and strike anywhere is a great band with the best social commentary next to Propagandhi. i won't argue that KD made the right decision to select jason, but i think that if they included the demos from when thomas tried out it would have been the ultimate document of where KD started out and where they ended up. Cheap Shots... had enough space left on that disc to add those demos, and i honestly don't think it would have hurt. it could have been a secret track or something.

and i bought this Inquisition cd today, and i must say that it's great.

-phdecontrol

Anonymous (October 26, 2005)

The comment wasn't meant to say that VA hasn't produced any good bands (GWAR and Avail settle that, though your state is much older than, say, California, so let's not get too carried away), but at the same time, I find that the people who really dig and defend Strike Anywhere are ALL from Virginia and won't let up. Now compare that to say Propagandhi and their fans. It doesn't seem to be unreasonably concentrated in Winnipeg. It wasn't a knock on VA, but on the Virginians who continue to try to pretend like Strike Anywhere is even close to as good as the bands they get compared to.

UVA is a fine school.

sickboi (October 26, 2005)

Yeah, and River Shitty High.

housewrecker (October 26, 2005)

Don't forget 30 Day Warranty, haha!!!

sickboi (October 26, 2005)

" know you Viriginia fellas want something to be proud of, but can't you just nod to Thomas Jefferson and UVA football and let the real bands do the work?"

First of al, UVA sucks ass. VA Tech is where its at. 2 Vicks, bitches.

Next, VA bands? Ahem....

Avail, GWAR, Ann Beretta, Sixer, Smoke or Fire (Boston import), Pink Razors, Municipal Waste, VCR, 4 Walls Falling...and so on

Not to mention that A LOT of the bands that claim DC are actually from Northen VA.

Sit the fuck down.

Anonymous (October 26, 2005)

This CD is VERY good.

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Listening to this just absolutely reaffirms why Thomas didn't get the job when he tried out to be the singer in Kid Dynamite.

i'm not sure who has the tapes, or if they still exist, but i would absolutely love to hear his try-outs for kid dynamite. that shit would have been fucking awesome to include on Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems.

*******************

NO! Did you not get what I was saying? I was saying that listening to this makes it clear that he is absolutely second-rate. The try-outs should not have been included on Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems, because the space was better used with Jason. Heck, if they had run outof material, I would have preferred to hear Jason singing in the shower or gargling Listerine than Thomas' shite. He auditioned and didn't get it because he is nowhere near as good. He's not even impressive in his own right. Sorry. I know people like Strike Anywhere, but their lyrics have always been fair, the vocals have always been tired, and the music was only passable on Change is a Sound. The most recent two releases Exit English and the B Sides (curious because Exit English sounds like tracks that were floated for a better album that didn't make the cut) were so banal it was mindnumbing. I know you Viriginia fellas want something to be proud of, but can't you just nod to Thomas Jefferson and UVA football and let the real bands do the work?

William_David (October 25, 2005)

Answers to 2 questions...

I don't have the original (hear it's pretty hard to find) but as far as I know, there isn't anything else that is new on here. From everything I've read, they just worked with the tapes from the original recording session, and nothing else is really changed. If anyone else knows anything else, do let me know.

Also, for the person saying they couldn't find this anywhere, A-F had this on their site as a list of stores that carry the album. Might be worth checking out...

http://www.a-frecords.com/NWS20.php?news_id=317

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

this album is impossible to find

fallingupwards84 (October 25, 2005)

one of the benefits of Anti-Flag signing to RCA was so that they could better support bands like this on their label

now thats not the reason why they did it, but its a benefit

branden (October 25, 2005)

ok so i live in williamsburg and i was in the laundromat one day, and this weird fat dude told me he was in this band

he said his name was crazy chris

dazed (October 25, 2005)

So were there any new songs on this or were the only changes the remastering and liner notes?

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

The band that launched Mark Avery's ego into a new galaxy. It was after Inquistion, he started River City High, lost his hair,bought a cowboy hat and perfected cock-rock posing with a guitar. Don't forget River City High attempted to sell-out and sign to MCA. The River City High boys cut an album for MCA and then got dropped due to bankruptcy. Now those trolls are begging to get signed by anyone.

hubitcherkokov (October 25, 2005)

Yeah either Thomas/KD demos or the Tim from Rise Against's demo with The Honor System.

I always preferred Strike Anywhere, but this is still a great record, especially the Duran Duran cover.

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Despite me not being an Anti-Flag fan, AF Records always releases fucking killer shit. This is no exception, I hope on picking it up the next time I can afford to go record shopping.

housewrecker (October 25, 2005)

This has always been a classic album for the old school east coasters...

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Listening to this just absolutely reaffirms why Thomas didn't get the job when he tried out to be the singer in Kid Dynamite.

i'm not sure who has the tapes, or if they still exist, but i would absolutely love to hear his try-outs for kid dynamite. that shit would have been fucking awesome to include on Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems.

And I've never had the chance to hear this record, so I may go pick it up.

-phdecontrol

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Only a band of arresting importance could be regarded as the foundation of such mighty conquests as Strike Anywhere, Ann Beretta, and River City High. But Inquisition, a band that remains highly influential in spite of their brief mid-90‚??s lifespan, is that important. According to Strike Anywhere‚??s Thomas Barnett (ex-Inquisition), the resonance of Inquisition remains a dear relative to the music he and his band mates are creating today. (In fact, Thomas' current band, Strike Anywhere, is named from a song by Inquisition.) And notably, all kinds of bands, from an assortment of scenes, have sighted Inquisition as a necessary inspiration for their songwriting: Ensign, Anti-Flag, Dashboard Confessional‚??among many others.

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Listening to this just absolutely reaffirms why Thomas didn't get the job when he tried out to be the singer in Kid Dynamite.

Yawn, yawn, yawn.

Good intentions, I suppose.

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

i've had this record for a number of years and its one of those records you just never get sick of.

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

On principle I usually refuse to buy anything from A-F, but I made a one time only exception for this. It doesn't disappoint, though it's objectively more of a "7" than a "9." And it really does sound like a cross between Anne Barreta and Strike Anywhere (and is significantly better than either band's recent output). OC

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Superdude,

It's not really vandalism. You can just use the eraser. No worries, man.

superdude (October 25, 2005)

This review was pretty good, but here's how I'd make it better:

1. Dude, your teacher is going to be PISSED that you wrote on the chalk board.

2. No, I think it's called vandalism.

3. Are you stupid, they're not called An Insperation...., they're called Insperation.

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

one of these dudes went on to RIVER CITY HIGH?

oh man, RCH suck hardcore.

I'll still have to check this out.

SkolarX (October 25, 2005)

i bought the lp rerelease a couple of years ago at an ann beretta show, so it'll be nice to have this on cd finally. i usually say i hate the idea of reunion shows because they always suck (see soul brains for confirmation) but i'd actually love to see these guys do one tour

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Inquisition?!? NOBODY expects the punk rock inquisition!!!

dougkatz (October 25, 2005)

i have a video of them playing live and its absolutely terrible, which is unfortunate because their records are so good

sfbarker (October 25, 2005)

I saw these guys around 1995 at the Allen Parkway Village here in Houston. They played a show with 30footFALL and Propagandhi to help save the low-income housing units that were scheduled to be torn down.

While they place was eventually ripped down regardless, this show was epic. I'd never heard the band, but they blew everyone else on the bill away. Thomas hung out in the audience afterwards and was really cool to everyone.

I always wanted to see them again, but they never made it back before the end of the band. Regardless, it was a life-changing event to witness that show at 16 years old.

sickboi (October 25, 2005)

Spend more time talking about the album and less time sounding like a press release...

For those of you wanting a real description.....imagine the harmony of older Ann Beretta ("Bitter Tongues" era) with Thomas' singy-scratchy vocals.

I love this album, but if you're expecting Strike Anywhere, you're going to be disappointed.

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Heard this record a few years ago (a friend bought it when we saw Stirke Anywhere) and it's pretty damn good. A re-release has long been overdue.

lushj (October 25, 2005)

They were a rad fucking live band. Haven't heard this yet, but working backwards I bet it's pretty darn good!

inagreendase (October 25, 2005)

It's hard to avoid comparisons to a more complex version of early Strike Anywhere with Thomas (now singing for said band) at the vocal front here, but it's interesting to hear what might happen when you take the Chorus of One EP and add even more well-developed ideas both musically and lyrically in the same relatively raw atmosphere.

What this says. Pretty enjoyable record.

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