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Interview: Grand Inquisitor discusses debut EP, ‘Directorium Inquisitorum’

Grand Inquisitor is a female-fronted thrash and power metal quartet based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Formed in 2022 by vocalist Vivi Nox, guitarist Jay Minish, bassist RJ Yelverton and drummer/lyricist Jason Looney, each member encompasses over 20 years of experience in their craft that has translated seamlessly up to this point. The band is currently on their Spring 2024 Southeast United States tour in support of their debut EP, Directorium Inquisitorum, which was released on March 22nd.

Last Sunday, before I attended their gig at the Brass Mug in Tampa and with showtime mere moments away, we set up an impromptu interview outside the venue discussing their musical roots, the endurance of their chemistry, a track-by-track breakdown of their EP, and how the band hoped to best utilize their set.

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About Jake Kussmaul

I come from a family who is passionate about all things music. I learned to sing at an early age, and by 13, had my very own Fender Strat guitar. I tried my hardest at learning all that I could. Because I was born with cerebral palsy, I had to teach myself an adaptive playing style. I learned to write and record my own music, despite these difficulties. In college, I started making great use of my writing abilities by reviewing music, as well as copy editing. I guess it's best to stick with what you know, while welcoming a fair challenge at the same time.

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