Usurper - _Necronemesis_
(Necropolis Records, 2000)
by: Aaron McKay (
Riff-tastic as it comes, kiddies. Mature, solid and brutal. Want proof? Listen to the title track, especially the opening to about the two minute mark. Back to back, nuts to butts persuasive. WAIT! Is that King Diamond on backing vocals on "Necronemesis", track four? Fuck yea! Impressed? I was. Nice bad-ass riff at the onset of "1666 AD", too. These guys know what metal is all about. Usurper's _Visions From the Gods_ was reviewed in issue #48, so for some further edification, check that out, too. I haven't been this satisfied with a metal-groove smorgasbord since _Wiseblood_ or maybe _Temple of Knowledge_. "Funeral Waters", track nine, gives you a perfect representation of Usurper's ability as it drags you through the venom-laced tyranny of their kingdom; at times sounding like a heavier than lead Dimmu Borgir circa _Stormblast_. Riddled with real feeling and creativity. Very compelling. The last cut, "Into the Oblong Box", is -the- scrupulously totalitarian exodus a band strives to achieve effort after soul-searching effort. Also, it is my understanding that Usurper is heading all over Europe supporting Cradle of Filth and Christian Death for the whole of November. Usurper have certainly found their own way through this genre's confusion. Find _Necronemesis_ soon. It'll be worth it.
(article published 10/1/2001)
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