Style: Black / Thrash Metal |
Year of birth: 1992
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Biography of Band
|1992: Diabolical Slaughter [Vocals] and Rick Scythe [Guitars] form Usurper as a side project.
1993: Usurper adds Apocalyptic Warlord [Drums] to the line-up and becomes a full time band.
1994: Visions From The Gods demo is released. 1,300 copies are sent out in 6 months to various: fanzines/magazines, tape traders, radio stations and Metal fans Worldwide.
1995: Jon Necromancer [Bass] joins the band. Usurper signs to Head Not Found [Norway]. Their debut album Diabolosis is released on CD and Vinyl.
1996: Usurper signs to Necropolis Records [USA].
1997: Necropolis releases the Threshold Of The Usurper MCD/Picture Disc. Usurper does their first North American tour supporting Dark Funeral.
1998: Dave "Hellstorm" Chiarella [Drums, ex-Funeral Nation] joins the band. Usurper headlines the Rave Stage at Milwaukee Metalfest XII, soon after they record their second full length album. Winter 1998 sees their first European tour with Enthroned and Hecate Enthroned.
1999: Second full length Usurper album is released, titled, Usurper II:Skeletal Season. The album is released on CD and Vinyl. Headline 3 date mini-tour with Exhumed and Sadistic Intent in support as well as the First Annual New England Metal/Hardcore Fest. Summer 1999 Usurper supports Cradle Of Filth on their US/Canadian tour, which includes a performance at Milwaukee Metalfest XIII.
2000: Necropolis Records re-releases Usurper`s 1994 Visions From The Gods demo [with additional rare, live and unreleased tracks) on digi-pack CD and Vinyl. Usurper records 3rd full length album Necronemesis at Nomad Studios [Texas] with Producer Kol Marshall (King Diamond/Absu/Mercyful Fate). Necronemesis features backing vocals by King Diamond on the title track as well as Proscriptor [ABSU] on another. In preparations for the live assault, Usurper enlisted former Eternal Hatred mainman Carcass Chris as Second Guitarist. Headlining the Necropolis Stage of Milwaukee Metalfest XIV was Carcass` first performance with Usurper. October had Usurper performing at the legendary New York City club CBGB`S for the Deathtober Fest. November and December saw Usurper destroy Europe on a 24 date tour supporting Cradle Of Filth.
2001: After months of communication breakdowns with their label, USURPER part ways with Necropolis Records in July. While hard at work writing and rehearsing for album #4, in October the band sign a new deal with Earache Records.
2002: 1999`s: Visions From The Gods CD and 2000`s: Necronemesis CD were re-issued by Earache Records in March; both with re-vamped layouts and bonus tracks. In April Usurper toured the East Coast (USA) directly supporting Manowar to promote these re-issues. During the month of May a fire ravaged the warehouse that Usurper practices in. Although Usurper`s room suffered minimal damage, the building was a mess (soot, dirty water, damaged electrical system, dead rats, etc.). This postponed the band`s rehersal scheduale, which in turn postponed their planned studio time [to record album #4] . October 2002, Usurper entered Engine Music Studios in Chicago, with Grammy Award winning producer Neil Kernon (Nevermore, Queensryche, Cannibal Corpse, Hall `N Oates), to record their 4th album (and Earache debut) Twilight Dominion (projected release date: April 2003).
2003: In January Usurper had a listening party for their new album Twilight Dominion at a club called Delilah`s in Chicago. Journalists, as well as fans got a chance to hear the entire album months before the release date. Later that month Dave "Hellstorm" Chiarella (drums) parted ways with the band. April 22, 2003 Twilight Dominion was released worldwide and received critical acclaim in such magazines as Terrorizer, Metal Maniacs, Rock Sound and many others. In July, Usurper (with a session drummer) flew out to Los Angeles to directly support Deicide at the Gatherinf Of The Bestial Legions Fest. While in LA, Usurper filmed a video for the song Metal Lust. Later that month Usurper and Enslaved did a 10 date tour of the US which included a mainstage performance at the Milwaukee Metalfest. The last date of the mini tour proved to be a special occasion, not only was the concert in the band`s hometown of Chicago, but original Usurper drummer Apocalyptic Warlord played a cover of Mercyful Fate`s "Black Funeral" with the band to end the show. The magic was there, so in October 2003 Joe "Apocalyptic" Warlord returned to Usurper as the permanent drummer. On November 8, 2003, USURPER did a live internet concert for the 3 ring radio show on radiofreesatan.com. This infamous show marked the first performance of Usurper with the entire original line-up since 1996, and also was the last performance with original vocalist/co-founder General Diabolical Slaughter. The General left the band later that month, only weeks before Usurper`s show at the Metro in Chicago, directly supporting Macabre at the Holiday Of Horrors Festival. Usurper wasted no time and enlisted new vocalist Dan Tyrantor. Tyrantor has been a long time metal brother of Usurper. He was in a band with Jon Necromancer in the early 90`s, and grew up down the street from Apocalyptic Warlord. Tyrantor was the vocalist for the band Cumchrist as well as doomsters, Dead of Winter. On December 26th 2003 Usurper played for the first time with the new vocalist at the Holiday of Horror Festival in Chicago in front of nearly 800 people. The crowd response was phenomenal and the on-stage chemistry was there, so shortly after the show, Tyrantor became the official new vocalist for Usurper.
Members of Usurper
| Current Members:|
Rick S. Scythe (Founder). In Band at: 1992 - . Role: Guitars
Side projects: Armageddon, Eternal Hatred
Jon Necromancer (Guest). In Band at: 1995 - . Role: Bass, guitars
Carcass Chris. Role: Guitars
Joe Apocalyptic Warlord. Role: Drums
Danny Lawson (Danny) (Guest). In Band at: 2004 - . Role: Vocals
Side projects: Agnosia, Cumchrist
Dave Chiarella (Hellstorm) (Guest). In Band at: 1998 - . Role: Drums
Side projects: Disinter, Funeral Bitch, Funeral Nation
General Diabolical Slaughter. Role: Vocals
|Demo: Visions From The Gods (1994) Tracklist.|
CD: Diabolosis (1995) Tracklist.
Comment: The first 1000 were misprinted and read Unsurper on the spine
Split: Headbangers against disco vol. 2 (1997) Tracklist.
Comment: 7 inch EP; the 1st is by Usurper, 2nd - by Unpure; 3 - by Nifelheim (Swe)
EP: Threshold of the Usurper (1997) Tracklist.
CD: Skeletal Season (1999) Tracklist.
Best of/Compilation: Visions from the Gods (2000) Tracklist.
Comment: Songs 10 & 11 were recorded Live (1998&2000) at La Laiterie ( Strasbourg), France; Song 7 is a cover of King Diamond;
There are 2 differents versions: one by Earache (re-release) and one by Necropolis Rec. Song 6 is only on the version by Earache; Necropolis version was a limited digi-pack
CD: Necronemesis (2000) Tracklist.
Comment: King Diamond provides the guest vocals on track 4
CD: Twilight Dominion (2003) Tracklist.
Comment: Twilight Dominion is divided into two chapters; Chapter 1 - Total Metal Lust, Track 01 - Track 06. Chapter 2- Tales From The Chronovisor, Track 07 - Track 12
CD: Cryptobeast (2005) Tracklist.