For eight years Usurpress has been playing Swedish Death Metal but the Stockholm sound is just the fundament of their experimental creations. Bassist and mastermind Daniel Ekeroth who is also known for publishing the book “Swedish Death Metal” and his well experienced musicians created an album which definitely blows the borders of Death Metal.
The first track for example sets the scene with a lamenting clean guitar and slow drumroll under a gruffly spoken-word intro. This album tells a dark story and from the beginning the air is filled with sorrow. The songs have a touch of 70s prog but as dominant as in Opeth. The jazzy drumming gives the songs a very unique atmosphere. The title track on the other hand blasts away in good old Swedish Death Metal style. It seems that Stefan Pettersson, who definitely passed away too early in June 2018, alters his style for each song.
A clean production complements the whole album which is a recommendation for every fan of experimental Death Metal and for fans of Opeth, Katatonia, and Anathema. (HaCeBo)