USURPER formed in 1993 and released their first demo in 1994. Since then, USURPER have recorded 5 full length albums, 1 mini album, 1 rarities CD and toured 17 different countries around the world. USURPER’S blend of 80’s inspired thrash metal, classic heavy metal anthems, over-the-top chaos and hints of dark, melodic atmosphere have been a trademark of the band since day one. USURPER doesn’t preach any political/religious ideologies, or sing about any socially relevant topics. Topics such as: werewolfs, monster folklore, alien invasions, ancient civilizations, ancient battles, cryptozoological creatures, hauntings, prophecies, time travel, and the paranormal in addition to their trademark ‘Metal Anthems’ are the essence of Usurper’s words, which when combined with the music, and artwork create a strange fantasy world of dark heavy metal horror.
Rick Scythe guitars, vocals Jon Necromancer bass, vocals
1. Shadowfiend 2. Dismal Wings of Terror 3. Skeletal Season 4. Embrace of the Dead 5. Prowling Death (The Demigoddess) 6. Cemetarian 7. Brimstone Fist 8. Wolflord
ArtistUsurper TitleSkeletal Season CountryUnited States CAT #TTR 039 Releasedxx xx 2013 FormatCassette Running timexx:xx
Cult Unholy Thrash Metal, second album originally released in 1999! Released in proud alliance with Night Birds Records.
More points in their favor would be the freaky Hawkwind guitar lines, and the fact that the drums are all around the beat, something you don’t hear too much nowadays. Not sure if this was the sound that Usurper were going for, but man, did they get it, complete with that whacked out snare sound, definitely cool. As I said, I hear a bunch of old Frost, especially on the spoken word type vocal parts, but I don’t remember those guys tuning so low. – Remnants of Reason The second full-length CD from these American originalities is a massive dose of Metal, with awkward riffing and a real heavy bottom to the music. I’m really into this album, it has got a great drive and lots of very interesting and original aspects without being pretentious or out of shape in any way. This is Metal, with links to Celtic Frost I would say. Especially on the vocalside, but also in the feeling much of the music has got, and that is only meant as a compliment. There is a presence of something truly unique on this album, and the somewhat eerie feeling it has got further underline the feeling of unique music. The real slow, almost slimy (!), riffs are really working out perfectly in the music, and despite not being catchy it is really a great album to listen to. Really serious music with a certain feeling of the older days, but more importantly, this is very up to date and good. – Slayer Magazine, 1999
1. Necrocult, Part 1 (The Metal War) 2. Slavehammer 3. Black Funeral (Mercyful Fate cover) 4. The Dead of Winter 5. Threshold of the Usurper
ArtistUsurper TitleThreshold of the Usurper CountryUnited States CAT #TTR 038 Releasedxx xx 2013 FormatCassette Running timexx:xx
Classic 1997 EP originally released by Necropolis. Released in proud alliance with Night Birds Records.
…when these guys hit, they do it in a major way, blending the crushing weight and way-dark vibe of Celtic Frost with varied vocal styles and ripping blasts of blackened grind. (We’re talking tight, crisp explosions of hyper-speed snare drum punishment – not shitty, undifferentiated ‘bowel-churning’ grind.) – Chronicles of Chaos
1. Hypnotic Void 2. Blood Passion 3. Full Moon Harvest 4. Nulla Sallus Extra Eccelcium 5. Deep in the Forest 6. The Infernal Storm 7. Diabolosis 8. The Ruins of Gomorrah 9. Dusk
ArtistUsurper TitleDiabolosis CountryUnited States CAT #TTR 037 Releasedxx xx 2013 FormatCassette Running timexx:xx
The debut album originally released by Head Not Found. Released in proud alliance with Night Birds Records.
For underground, old-school music for murdering orphans this has no peer, and the perfect blend of Black evil, Thrashing crunch and Doomy riffs has never really been duplicated even by the band themselves. Usurper recorded a lot of cool shit, but nothing else as flat out primal and inimical as this. You must have it. – Metal Crypt