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Review: Usurper – Lords of the Permafrost

by Aleksandar Saradžić

Usurper – Lords of the Permafrost

1. Skull Splitter
2. Beyond the Walls of Ice
3. Lords of the Permafrost
4. Cemetery Wolf
5. Warlock Moon
6. Gargoyle
7. Black Tide Rising
8. Mutants of the Iron Age

Label: Soulseller Records
Date: March 22, 2019

With this one, we are in for some real treat. After just few second of somekind of intro in the first song, black/thrash metal madhouse coming to knock all of your teeth out. Usurper is back! Back with a bang!

Veterans of American black/thrash metal sound had been in silence and under all radars since “Cryptobeast” that came out almost fifteen years ago. And with safe I can say that this band was irreplaceable and lacked in today’s metal scene. In the time when everything and everyone trying to make their sound so clear and almost that you can feel that “digital” touch in their sound, Usurper came back to bring that old-school feeling that has been missing in today’s metal scene, widely.

>With the certainty it can be said that Usurper managed to make another brilliant album. Recorded and produced in Chicago at the Electrical Audio. This band has once again brought some brilliant material that will surely appeal to old fans and will probably get new fans for them, as well.

As I said before, if you’re a fan of “digital production” and want everything to be crystal-fed, it’s better to overtake this album. This is a material that is rooted in the sound it had dominated in the nineties, of the past century. Black/thrash metal sound is based on the production that can be heard on “Lords of the Permafrost”.

Along Rick Scythe (guitar/vocal), Joe Apocalyptic Warlord (drumas) and Danny Lawson(vocals) only new face in the formation is Scott Maelstrom on bass guitar. I think that Soulseller Records, a now already legendary label from Netherlands made a great job when they signed mighty Usurper for their roster; and American black/thrash metal titans showed us that there is fire still in them.

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