Usurper - _Cryptobeast_
(Earache Records, 2004)
by: Jackie Smit (8 out of 10)
After the cringingly contrived mess that was _Twilight Dominion_, I had all but lost the confidence in this Chicago quintet's ability to put together an album even approaching above-average. But following a good three weeks worth of analysis, I have drawn the conclusion that _Cryptobeast_ is surprisingly pretty damn excellent. Sure, Usurper might veer disturbingly close to Manowar's lyrical idiosyncrasies from time to time ("Kill for Metal", anyone?), but when a band play with such fascinatingly boorish conviction, who cares? _Cryptobeast_ is well-produced, technically pristine, old school death metal worship at its finest, steering so vehemently clear of anything even remotely trendy that it can't be anything but endearing.

Contact: http://www.usurper.us

(article published 12/13/2004)


ALBUMS
1/10/2001 A McKay 8 Usurper - Necronemesis
8/12/2000 A McKay 7.5 Usurper - Visions From the Gods
6/7/1997 S Hoeltzel 7 Usurper - Threshold of the Usurper
GIGS
8/12/1999 A Wasylyk Cradle of Filth / Usurper / Endless / Averse Sefira Averse Conditions Inhibit the Endless Usurp of Filth
RSS Feed RSS   Facebook Facebook   Twitter Twitter  ::  Mobile : Text  ::  HTML : CSS  ::  Sitemap

All contents copyright 1995-2014 their individual creators.  All rights reserved.  Do not reproduce without permission.

All opinions expressed in Chronicles of Chaos are opinions held at the time of writing by the individuals expressing them.
They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone else, past or present.