Usurper - Threshold of the Usurper (2013 Reissue) (Cassette)

Usurper - Threshold of the Usurper (2013 Reissue) (Cassette)

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RELEASE THE DOGS OF WAR!!! We are the Legions... The Dwellers of the Night!!
Todestrieb Records in proud underground alliance with Night Birds Records is honoured to unleashed a trio of early USURPER records on tape! Old school Black Metal from Chicago. Victory! Hail Usurper!

Recorded during 1995-1996 and released as a maxi CD on Necropolis in 1997, Threshold of the Usurper is the follow-up to the debut album Diabolosis (95). On this record Usurper continue their crushing attack: from the blasting assault of Necrocult to Dead of Winter's brutal atmospheric crawl, to the Hellhammer influenced black metal on the title track! Classic underground Black METAL!!

Includes the bonus tracks from later editions... Get Ready!!!!

I like all the albums for different reasons, but the two I like the best are, "Threshold of the Usurper" and "Cryptobeast". I like the overall sound, songs, production and feel of "Threshold of The Usurper". To me it is classic era Usurper, that IS the Usurper sound.
- Rick Scythe

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Track listing

  1. Necrocult Pt. 1 (The Metal War)
  2. Slavehammer
  3. Black Funeral (Mercyful Fate cover)
  4. The Dead of Winter
  5. Threshold of the Usurper
  6. Anno Satanas (Demo version, recorded during the Threshold sessions)
  7. Stormtroopin' (Ted Nugent cover) (Recorded in Chicago, 2003)
  8. The 13th Son (Recorded in Chicago, 2003)

Review

I wouldn't have thought it possible that a band like Usurper could actually get any heavier, but after signing to Necropolis records to produce this follow-up EP to Diabolosis, the Chicago crushers were more than eager to render any such doubts obsolete. What's more, this material bears slightly less of the direct Hellhammer influence found on the debut. It still exists in both the vocals and music, but the band commit such a primal, pulverizing crime against humanity here that they've taken the weight of their forefathers to a new level of extremity. I can only imagine on some grim battlefield, the sound of tank treads tap dancing on human bones would sound somewhat similar to this dense, uncaring, unholy mess. - 4/5