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Review: Usurper - Skeletal Season
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Skeletal Season

Label: Necropolis Records
Year released: 1999
Duration: 40:50
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating:
4/5


Review online: February 4, 2024
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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This album does not often get the attention it should. Usurper burst forth with an amazing, evil debut with Diabolosis in 1995, and this was the follow-up four years later. Sandwiched between the kvlt debut and the more widely known Necronemesis in 2000, this one gets a bit lost.

It does not help that this album is, admittedly, not as good as the ones that bracket it. Diabolosis was an unhinged underground stew of occult crushing, while Necronemesis is a sharper, more palatable sound while still being heavy and destructive. Skeletal Season is, unsurprisingly, somewhere in between, with a rawer sound coupled with more structured songwriting and a production that just does not have as much oomph as it could. Now this is Usurper, so this is still a good time, but the songs feel undercooked, and in comparison to this band's other early works it is clearly a weaker effort. However, since other Usurper albums are so good, this one still stands above other bands of the same kind.

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