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Usurper

Formed: 1992
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Usurper News

Below is our complete Usurper news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Lair Of The Minotaur Reveals New Album Details

Chicago metal band LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR will release their new album, "Evil Power," on April 13, 2010 on The Grind-House Records, an independent record label started by Steve Rathbone, Chris Wozniak (both from LOTM) and Josh Diebel (former head of Alleysweeper Records). The record will be distributed by Southern Lord Records, who have released the band's previous three albums on CD and vinyl, two EPs and DVD. Check out the Scott Jackson cover art, and hear the track "We Are Hades" at the band's MySpace page.

The tracklisting for "Evil Power" is as follows:

01. Attack the Gods
02. Let’s Kill These Motherfuckers
03. Riders of Skullhammer, We Ride the Night
04. Evil Power
05. Goatstorm
06. Hunt and Devour
07. Metal Titans
08. Blood From the Witch’s Vein
09. We Are Hades
10. Death March of the Conquerors
11. The Violent Iron Age of Man More...

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Usurper To Reunite?

Former Usurper and current Nightshade guitarist Rick Scythe has confirmed that he has been in talks recently with his former bandmates in Usurper regarding a reuinion tour. An updare from Rick Scythe reads as follows:

"My new project Nightshade Official has been on hiatus for a few weeks. We did start on some recordings and they've sounded awesome, but the other guitarist Mr. Faust quit the band suddenly and unexpectedly. Since we've rehearsed at his house, we are currently stuck with out a rehearsal room.

"So in my downtime I have been writing a LOT of music. Some new Nightshade stuff, and some stuff for a solo album. I am also looking for other musicians to collaborate with for this solo project. I am basically playing everything myself and then will invite some guests for guitar leads, vocals, drum parts and other things.

"I am planning on setting up a demo studio at my new house and am starting to buy some gear. I still have more to buy, but I figure by mid September I should be ready to record some solo material. More...

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Nightshade Post New Song Online

Former USURPER guitarist Rick Scythe has issued the following update on his NIGHTSHADE project:

"We just posted a 'new' song. It's actually not new at all, but the first song ever written and recorded for NightShade called, 'Eye Of The Crow' (listen here). Although this is still a bit of a rough-version, it will give you an idea of some of the other material which will be on the debut NightShade album (Majick Potion). Let us know if you dig it."

"Speaking of the new NightShade album, we have solicited our CD to a few labels and hopefully in the next couple months we will have something worked out. The idea is to release our debut album this year and then hit the road. We want to be pretty selective about shows. We are working on some ideas for a cool set design and really prefer quality over quantity, and obscurity over over-saturated 'hipster-ness'. We really hope to distance ourselves from the Hipster stranglehold that has it's grip on the music scene in general. We have no desire to try to make NightShade fit in with any particular scene." More...

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Nachtmystium Album Delayed, Bassist Departing

NACHTMYSTIUM has posted the following blog on their MySpace site, giving an update on the recording of "Assassins" and announcing the departure and replacement of their current bassist of three years, Zion Meagher:

"First and foremost, we've completed tracking for our new record, "Assassins", to be released on Century Media in N. America and Candlelight Records in Europe. The record has been a complete success thus far, and we anticipate that mixing sessions (scheduled for the end of this month) will pull everything together for the next chapter in our black book of music. Expect more info, a finished track to be posted, and a release date soon! The original release date of April 1st, 2008 has been pushed back due to the delays in mixing.

"Unfortunately, we're sad to say that "Assassins" will stand as Zion Meagher's final work with Nachtmystium. Zion has parted ways with the Mystium to pursue his personal life and his own new musical project, Anti-Human Thesis. Our touring schedule was becoming very conflicting with his personal career outside of music and it was becoming more and more apparent that he was not going to be able to continue on with us as a full-time member, which this band is in desperate need of with our busy schedule we have planned for ourselves in the near future. We salute him for over 3 years of dedicated service, through thick and thin with this band, and we wish him all the best with his new project.

"We are proud to announce that Jon Necromancer (ex-USURPER / current KOMMANDANT) will be joining us as a session member on our European tour this May! Beyond this tour, however, there will be an active pursuit for a new, permanent bass player for Nachtmystium. We are currently preparing to hold auditions in the coming months. Interested parties, feel free to contact us. Extensive touring, and a full-time commitment is expected of any potential member, so if touring / traveling is out of the question for you, this is not the gig for you. 21+, must have your own (good) gear, a drivers license, valid passport, no criminal background, and the willingness to commit 100% to this project exclusively are a must. Serious applicants only."

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Usurper Reveal Reissue CD Artwork

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the "Threshold of the Usurper" CD, Chicago's now-defunct band USURPER has teamed up with Finnish label Primitive Reaction to reissue this classic effort.

"Threshold..." was originally released in 1997 on Necropolis Records and quickly became one of the band's most legendary releases. This was the album that put USURPER on the map with the metal media and was the first CD that was promoted by both U.S. and European tours.

"Threshold of the Usurper" was originally a mini-CD, but for the reissue the band has included three bonus tracks to make this version a full-length release.

The track listing is as follows:

01. Necrocult Pt 1 (The Metal War)
02. Slavehammer
03. Black Funeral (MERCYFUL FATE cover)
04. The Dead Of Winter
05. Threshold Of The Usurper
06. Anno Satanas (demo version)
07. Stormtroopin' (TED NUGENT cover; previously unreleased)
08. The 13th Son (previously unreleased) More...

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Usurper Reissue To Contain Bonus Tracks

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the "Threshold of the Usurper" CD, Chicago's now-defunct band USURPER has teamed up with Finnish label Primitive Reaction to reissue this classic effort.

"Threshold..." was originally released in 1997 on Necropolis Records and quickly became one of the band's most legendary releases. This was the album that put USURPER on the map with the metal media and was the first CD that was promoted by both U.S. and European tours.

"Threshold of the Usurper" was originally a mini-CD, but for the reissue the band has included three bonus tracks to make this version a full-length release.

The track listing is as follows:

01. Necrocult Pt 1 (The Metal War)
02. Slavehammer
03. Black Funeral (MERCYFUL FATE cover)
04. The Dead Of Winter
05. Threshold Of The Usurper
06. Anno Satanas (demo version)
07. Stormtroopin' (TED NUGENT cover; previously unreleased)
08. The 13th Son (previously unreleased)

The reissue will be available as both CD and gatefold vinyl and will include extensive liner notes, an extensive interview with Rick Scythe and General Diabolical Slaughter, never-before-seen photos and new artwork by Juha Vuorma ("Skeletal Season" artist).

USURPER will sell a limited-edition CD and vinyl version through MySpace autographed by Rick Scythe and General Diabolical Slaughter.

Previous releases of "Threshold of the Usurper" by year, label and format:

1997: Necropolis Records (USA) CD
1998: Merciless Records (GER) picture disc vinyl
1999: Mystic Records (POLAND) split cassette with WAR ("Total War")
2001: Blackend/Plastic Head (UK) split CD with USURPER's "Skeletal Season" album
2007: Primitive Reaction (FINLAND) CD/gatefold vinyl

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Usurper Founder Explains Reason For Split

Guitarist/founder Rick Scythe of Chicago's USURPER has issued the following statement regarding the band's decision to split up:

"As some of you may have heard, the band I formed over 13 years ago is now over. I wrote nearly all the music and most of the lyrics. I came up with the lyrical and artwork concepts, so I feel I owe a detailed account of the life and death of USURPER. I will just try to explain things from my perspective.

"Make no mistake, this decision to end USURPER came down to me. I slammed the final nail in the USURPER coffin and this is the eulogy so to speak.

"When myself and General Diabolical Slaughter formed USURPER in 1993, the idea was to write songs and form a band that brought back the true spirit of mid-80's thrash metal, yet do it in a way that was NOT tongue-in-cheek nor simply re-hashing. As the years went on our sound developed. Thrash metal was and would always be the core of our sound, but we also had dark/haunting elements from day one which came to a peak on our 1998 album, 'Skeletal Season'. More...

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Usurper Call It A Day

Chicago's USURPER has issued the following update:

"After 13 and a half years, five studio albums and hundreds of concerts in 17 different countries around the world, USURPER has come to an end. Everyone in USURPER would like to thank their die-hard fans and friends for over a decade of metal insanity! This decision was very hard for the members of the band, but as the saying goes, 'all things must come to an end'.

"Although the decision to end USURPER wasn't easy, it was the right thing to do. Unfortunately, between member changes, label issues and lack of communication between the remaining band members, now was the time to nail up the USURPER coffin so to speak.

The official MySpace page will still be maintained and we will try to keep everyone updated on what the remaining band members are up to. Rick [Scythe; guitar/vocals] has started a new band called NIGHTSHADE and Jon [Necromancer; bass/vocals] and Chris [Carcass Chris; 'ead gitar] will also pursue other musical outlets. Be sure to check this MySpace page in the near future, for news about such musical endeavors."

USURPER's fifth full-length album, "Cryptobeast", was released in 2005 via Earache Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Twilight Dominion" was recorded at Chicago's Rax Trax Studios with producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, DEICIDE, CANNIBAL CORPSE).

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Usurper Part Ways With Drummer

Chicago's USURPER has issued the following update:

"USURPER European tour for this fall has been canceled. Unfortunately, between a lineup change and taking care of securing a new record deal the band will be focusing on getting a new album done before they play live. Usurper plans on hitting the road as soon as their next album is released."

"Regarding the lineup change, USURPER drummer Apocalyptic Warlord is no longer in the band. USURPER wishes him well, yet found it necessary to move on without him at this point. The band will announce a new drummer in the next few weeks. Also, expect original USURPER vocalist General Diabolical Slaughter to return for a few select track on the new album!" More...

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Usurper To Re-issue Album

Chicago's USURPER will re-release its 1997 CD, "Threshold of the Usurper" (originally issued through Necropolis Records) re later this year as a 10th anniversary package featuring new artwork by Juha Vuorma (of "Skeletal Season" artwork fame) with additional bonus tracks and a DVD.

USURPER will head out to Europe this fall for a two-week headlining tour. The trek, which will also include NOCTURNAL BREED (Norway), THE STONE (Serbia) and DECAYED (Portugal), will kick off October 25 in Hamburg, Germany and will run through November 10 in Berlin. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

USURPER is currently busy rehearsing material for its sixth full-length album, which the band plans to record later in the year. New songtitles include "Talons of Steel", "Rebel Wolf", "Planet of the Humans", "Zombie Revolution" and "Replicants of the Apocalypse".

USURPER last year parted ways with vocalist Dan Tyrantor due to "ongoing circumstances and issues" in his personal life. The remaining four members have announced plans to continue as a four-piece, with guitarist Rick Scythe and bassist Jon Necromancer taking over the vocal duties.

USURPER's fifth full-length album, "Cryptobeast", was released in 2005 via Earache Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Twilight Dominion" was recorded at Chicago's Rax Trax Studios with producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, DEICIDE, CANNIBAL CORPSE).

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Usurper Confirm European Tour

Chicago black metallers USURPER have announced that they will be heading out to Europe once again for a two-week headlining tour. The tour package also includes: NOCTURNAL BREED, THE STONE and DECAYED. The tour starts on October 25th in Hamburg, Germany and ends on November 10th in Berlin, Germany. In other news, the latest company Usurper has inked an endorsement deal with is Dean Markley Strings.

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Usurper Singer Quits

Due to ongoing circumstances and issues in vocalist Dan Tyrantor's personal life, he has resigned from Chicago's USURPER. The remaining four members will indefinately continue as a four-piece, with guitarist Rick Scythe and bassist Jon Necromancer taking over the vocal duties. USURPER is still confirmed and will perform at both the Minneapolis Mayhem 3 festival on August 26 and the Day of the Equinox concert in Toronto, Canada on September 23. The band will also enter the studio in early 2007 to record their sixth full-length album, as previously announced.

USURPER has issued the following statement regarding Dan's departure:

"Dan Tyrantor has officially quit USURPER. Dan has been dealing with a lot of personal problems over the last few months which unfortunately caused him to be unable to rehearse with the band for nearly the entire summer. Since we have concert and recording obligations coming up we decided it was best if he took a break from the band in order to straighten out his life, then come back full force once his situation was in order. However, once we told him we would do the remaining shows without him, he quit. We respect Dan's decision and actually have been preparing for this possible outcome for a few months.

"All of us in USURPER wish Dan Tyrantor nothing but the best in his personal life and future musical endevours. We greatly appreciate the two and a half years of service and dedication he gave to this band and hope he gets all his personal problems resolved as soon as possible. Dan is a great vocalist, frontman and metal brother and will sure be an asset to any band or project he decides to do next." More...

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Usurper To Enter Studio In Early 2007

Chicago's USURPER is currently preparing songs for their sixth full-length album, which they plan to record in early 2007 for a summer release through Earache Records. The album is currently untitled but some new songtitles include "Talons of Steel", "Planet of the Humans" and "Rebel Wolf".

In other news, USURPER has posted photos of its recent live appearances in Oslo, Norway and Tijuana, Mexico. Check them out at this location.

USURPER's next live appearance will take place at this year's Minneapolis Mayhem 3 festival on August 25-26 at the Star Central in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

USURPER's fifth full-length album, "Cryptobeast", was released last year via Earache Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Twilight Dominion" was recorded at Chicago's Rax Trax Studios with producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, DEICIDE, CANNIBAL CORPSE).

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Minneapolis Mayhem Announce Final Line-Up

Minneapolis Mayhem 3 festival, set to take place August 25-26 at the Star Central in Minneapolis, Minnesota. List of confirmed bands include: More...

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First Set Confirmed for Minneapolis Mayhem 3

Mayhem productions presents Minneapolis Mayhem 3. Minneapolis Mayhem's first set will take place on August 25th and 26th at the Star Central in Minneapolis, confirmed bands are as follows:

Jag Panzer
Steel Attack
Rumpelstiltskin Grinder
Usurper
Avenger of Blood

More bands to be confirmed.

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Usurper To Appear On Inferno Festival

Chicago’s USURPER have just been confirmed to appear at INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL NORWAY 2006. Taking place, as always, in Oslo between the 13th – 15th April 2006 at the Rockefeller Music Hall, USURPER join a list of heavyweights already announced including EMPEROR, CATHEDRAL, MARDUK, BOLTTHROWER, DISMEMBER, CARPATHIAN FOREST and WITCHCRAFT. For a complete lune-up list, go here.

USURPER’s JON NECROMANCER is already fired up even though their might be a slight problem with stage gear. On Inferno’s site it clearly states: ‘Sharp spikes and studs are not allowed and will be removed at the door!’

“Obviously, Usurper is incredibly psyched at the opportunity to play in Europe again, especially at a fest as killer as Inferno. The line-up looks incredible this year, and we are bringing a 75 minute set packed with new songs, as well as some "oldies" going back to the demo era that we haven't played live in over 10 years! Scandinavia has always been supportive of us, especially in the early years, and we intend to do our best to repay the favor!”

The whole event is now virtually sold out, although a few day tickets are still available on the website

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Usurper Make First-Ever Appearance In Mexico

Chicago's USURPER will make their first-ever appearance in Mexico on December 3 at Box Underground (located on the world-famous Revolucion Ave.) in Tijuana. Also appearing on the bill will be AVENGER OF BLOOD, INFINITUM OBSCURE, ESTUARY and OMISION. An in-store signing/appearance will be held between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Last Temptation Rock Shop (located on the corner of Revolucion Ave & 8th St).

USURPER's fifth full-length album, "Cryptobeast", was released earlier in the year via Earache Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Twilight Dominion" was recorded at Chicago's Rax Trax Studios with producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, DEICIDE, CANNIBAL CORPSE). It marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dan "Tyrantor" Lawson and the return of the band's original drummer, Joe "Apocalyptic" Warlord.

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Sodom Cancel Appearance At Minneapolis Mayhem 2

German thrashers SODOM have officially cancelled their previously announced appearance at this weekend's Minneapolis Mayhem 2 festival. According to the event's organizers, "SODOM canceled the show due to the fact that they did not get their paper work from the delivery service to get their work visas. A new headliner will be announced shortly."

Minneapolis Mayhem 2, set to take place May 6-7 at Star Central in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, will include appearances by DEW-SCENTED, USURPER, NOVEMBERS DOOM, SADUS and AVENGER OF BLOOD, among others.

For more information, visit minneapolismayhem.com.

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Impaled Nazarene Live Album News, Fest Cancelled

Impaled Nazarene celebrates 15 years with the release of "Death Comes in 26 Carefully Selected Pieces," the band's first official live album.

Recorded last December at Tavastia club in Helsinki, Finland, "DCI26CSP" features 26 songs from the bands catalogue, including songs from their 7” EPs.

The album was mixed (at Sonic Pump studio) by band's own soundman, Tapio Pennanen. Mika Jussila mastered the album at Finnvox studio.

Final tracklisting of "Death Comes in 26 Carefully Selected Pieces": More...

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Usurper, Hammers of Misfortune On Nothern Lights

Chicago's USURPER and San Fransisco's HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE have been added to the lineup of the third installment of Northern Lights Festival, set to be held July 2 at The Opera House in Toronto, Canada. Other acts scheduled to perform at the festival include IMPALED NAZARENE, UNEXPECT, LILITU, WOODS OF YPRES, BRAVE, THE FIFTH SUN, AUGURY, WIDOW and ENDORPHINS.

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