1) What type of guitar are you currently playing? (Model, type, specs...)
The Fernandes Ravelle Tremolo. I currently have two and the slight difference is that one is equipped with both the EMG 81 and 85 and the other is equipped with the EMG 81 and the Fernandes Sustainer.
2) How does the Fernandes Ravelle guitar influence and interact with Inquisition's music?
This guitar offers excellent low end thanks to that thick mahogany, heaviness is a must for Inquisition and lows are its foundation. The maple top allows for enough highs to detail our power chords without sounding too bright or thin and they really surface nicely when I let the notes ring out. In my playing I use big power chords and every note counts, if the lows kill the highs for example, then a song is damaged. I need balance and this guitar is very much balanced. The sustain is superb, another vital need in our music and its atmosphere. With little sustain we risk sounding empty.
Above all, I am a slave to tone, paired with the right amp big or small I get what I am looking for every time and combined with the active pickups it’s a brutal guitar for brutal music.
3) Did you record the new album with the Ravelle?
Yes I did and my choice was the one loaded with the Fernandes Sustainer. It was the only guitar I used on the album. It’s so balanced I don’t feel the need to use others throughout the recording session. The Sustainer came in real useful for some leads and specially for creating the eerie like feedback at the end of a bar while I played in the control room, there was no need to sit next to a cranked amp to get that.
4) How did your tone change or improve compared to what you were playing before?
It’s much denser now, I have much more sustain, much more punch, a darker and warmer tone and as I said before the highs are not as thin and brittle so the density improved in the full spectrum. In the past for example, some notes would go hidden underneath the root notes for example. To help that I was using a Maximizer pedal but it would suck up amp tone. Now I don’t even bother using it, I don’t need it because the warmer tone and density brings everything out. The proof is in the crowd’s reaction at recent shows, I had people at our European tour last month tell me they could hear the difference for sure.
5) What can you tell us about the new album, and what are Inquisition's plans for next year?
It will be classic INQUISITION in its finest moment. Everything about it is as recognizable as the overall Inquisition “sound”. I am sure fans will be very pleased. We took the established writing formula and fine-tuned it by leaving out excess to maintain fluidity. It is a straight to the point album while at the same time monumental moments are never lacking. I made sure every single riff and melody made sense and maintained that “less is more” attitude to avoid overcrowding the songs. On the production side, it is very organic and extremely natural. The brutality, darkness and overall aura of the album come more from the songs themselves than us relying on the production to do that for us. This in turn allows the listener to appreciate how real drums (no triggering), loud overdriven amps (no distortion pedals) and in your face vocals blend so well with Black Metal in a production; it’s no different than hearing us live which is a great thing to achieve. The producer we worked with, Alfonso Pinzon, brought this philosophy to us and we followed it because we felt it is adding something not only to our own sound and identity but to the overall genre as well.