Appearances can be very deceptive. Take USURPRESS for instance: those Swedes surely don’t need any introduction anymore, having proven the world (and beyond!) through various EPs, splits and one album (‘Trenches of the Underworld’, released in 2012) that the old mix of D-beat/crust and death freaking metal of yore still rages on. Yet, with ‘Ordained’ they have the same time got even heavier and more aggressive while throwing all the rules out of the window with a sadistic grin on its face.
In case you haven’t been tipped off by the inclusion on two tracks of Magnus Stjernberg, who already appeared on their debut, on ‘nyckelharpa’ but also of a guest flutist and pianist, there are changes in the air. Bloody hell, stop the press, USURPRESS have gone progressive! Well, at least, kind of. Not as in ‘endless songs with solos all over the places’ but progressive as in ‘let’s see how we can evolve and make things even more interesting without changing our identity’.
Mixed by Lawrence Mackrory from DARKANE and with a lavish cover artwork by Ola Larsson (DISMA, SULPHUR AEON etc.), ‘Ordained’ show a different face of USURPRESS without loosing its extreme edge nor its energy. And if you aren’t convinced enough, even if among those twelve tracks you’ll find a surprising cover “Lóthlorien”, originally recorded back in 1970 by Swedish progressive rock guru Bo Hansson and inspired by the ‘Lords of the Rings’ saga (!), be sure that those punks will gladly punch your face in to prove their point.
Doomentia Records (CZ)