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Review: Usurpress - Ordained

Label: Doomentia Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 39:12
Tracks: 12
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: February 15, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)

Uppsala, Sweden-based Usurpress isn't any new name to anyone who loves both Death Metal and Crust. Combining Death with some Crust influences has been proven to be a perfect combination before (take Chicago's Bones, for example). Usurpress realized this when they came into existence back in 2010 and the band's debut album, Trenches of the Netherworld, released on the Polish label Selfmadegod Records in 2012, proved that well enough.

Here is Usurpress' follow-up album, Ordained, and they still combine Death and Crust only this time they have a better musical vision. Think of bands like Dr. Shrinker, Venom and Autopsy going more Punk and you may get a clue as to this album's potential. I have to admit that Usurpress put a lot of effort into their song structures and they have a pretty fresh touch on this enjoyable follow-up. One may think there's nothing that interesting at first and that they sound relatively simple as far as their songs are concerned. However, you need only dig a little deeper and voila! A whole new, filthy and morbid world of sound opens up in front of you. I just love the twisted orgy of deranged and unorthodox riffs and sounds in "Lóthlorien," while the beginning of "Deny Salvation (Wolf-Like Dogs)" reminds me of all the pot-reeking weirdness and craziness of Nick Cave.

It's hard to dislike an album like Ordained due to its strong attempts at sounding different from the pack. Try this, you may be surprised.

More about Usurpress...
Review: Trenches of the Netherworld (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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