Usurper where a band from Chicago, Illinois that played a mixture of black and thrash metal and this is a review of their 1997 ep "Threshold Of The Usurper" which will be re-issued in 2019 by Dissonance.
A very fast and brutal sound starts off the ep along with a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats while the riffs also add in a great amount of thrash, first and second wave black metal influences as well as the vocals also adding in a great amount of high pitched screams.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length while some Tom G. Warrior influenced vocals are also brought into some parts of the music along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them as well as a brief use of death metal growls and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, when guitar solos and leads are utilized they also remain very true to an old school style and they also bring in a cover of Mercyful Fate's "Black Funeral and as the ep progresses a brief use of acoustic guitars, synths, rain and thunder sounds, ritualistic and melodic chants can also be heard.
Usurper played a musical style that took first and second wave black metal and mixed it with thrash to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover occultism, death and supernatural themes.
In my opinion Usurper where a very great sounding mixture of black and thrash metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Necrocult Pt. 1 (The Metal War)" and "Threshold Of The Usurper". 8 out of 10.
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