The first longplayer from the Belgian band “High Inquisitor Woe”

The first longplayer from the Belgian band “High Inquisitor Woe”

Line-up:Vocals : Glenn Stappaerts (ex-Gypsy Lypzz) – Guitar : Mathijs Ignoul (Fleshcarved, ex-Carnyx) – Guitar : Koen Keijers (Waveshape Audio) – Bass : Dennie Grondelaers (ex-Saille, ex-Gorath, ex-Carnyx (live)) – Drums : Benjamin Dommershausen (Escape, Nether, Fleshcarved (live))

On February 15th 2019 the first longplayer Belgian band High Inquisitor Woe, called ‘The Taint’, has been released.

This album has been released through the band themselves so it’s again a fully independent release. “The Taint” is the debut album from Belgian doom metal band High Inquisitor Woe. Expect 57 minutes of epic doom metal for fans of Candlemass, Reverend Bizarre, Sleep, Black Sabbath and Venom.


The Belgian band “High Inquisitor Woe” was conceived as a two piece band in late 2014. Its primary purpose was creating a blend of traditional doom metal and other heavy genres. With lyrical singing, but spiced with other vocal styles as well. This resulted in the 2015 EP called “Liquid Times”. High InquisitorWoe became a two piece vessel for Glenn en Mathijs to vent all of their personalexperiences, each of them hidden behind a cool story. Sometimes funny, often incredibly serious.

Sources of inspiration are movies, comics and literature they enjoyed in their youth when they wanted to escape reality. This includes wizards, great conquerors, crazy journalists, ancient history, kushadelic nights, mythical beasts, spiritual experiences and a certain mistrust of seductive, unclad women. In short, Conan The Barbarian and Hunter S. Thompson.

After the EP, High Inquisitor Woe needed more members to be able to perform live. After some switches and bad luck with unmotivated band members, they fnally landed a steady line-up in early 2018. Benjamin (from hardcore band Escape) took over the battery section, and a bit later Dennie (known for his work with Saille and Gorath) joined on bass duties.

It is with this new line-up that the band started to record their upcoming full length. After recording their EP with Koen Keijers the band went back to him for this next endeavour and it was during this recording process that they asked Koen to join the band on guitar. This new album will boast a more defned sound, beter song structures and new atmospheres. It is an obvious continuation of the EP but also a massive step forward. High Inquisitor Woe has released “The Taint” upon the unsuspecting crowd and is ready to back it up with an epic live show. Prepare yourselves for pounding drums, crushing guitars and witchy vocals!

Short bio:
The Belgian band “High Inquisitor Woe” was conceived as a two piece band in late 2014. Its sole purpose: creating a blend of traditional doom metal and other heavy genres with Conan the Barbarian and Hunter S. Thompson as the main lyrical infuences. They released the EP “Liquid Times” in 2015, after which they took the time to complete a line-up and work on their debut full length. That debut, “The Taint”, has now been released and the time has come for High Inquisitor Woe to claim their place in the music world.