Usurpress is a death metal-band (of sorts) formed in Uppsala, Sweden, May 2010. The musical aim of founding members Steffe Pettersson (vocals), Påhl Sundström (guitar) and Calle Lönnberg (drums) was, and still is, to combine the bestiality of old death metal and the undying hate of true hardcore/punk.
The band was later joined by renowned death metal-expert Daniel Ekeroth (bass). The members all come from different musical backgrounds but their common ground is the love and understanding for all kinds of dark and aggressive underground music.
Usurpress has always written short, aggressive songs based around wierd, dissonant death metal riffs and raw, primitive d-beat drumming. It has to be said right now that this eclectic mixture of styles, spiced with handfuls of progrock and psychedelica, is not for everybody. However, most people will certainly enjoy their aggressive live performances.
The quartet’s debut offering, the 4-song demo simply called "Demo 2010", soon led to record deals with various European underground labels and so far the band has released the mini-LP "In Permanent Twilight" (2011) and the full length album "Trenches of the Netherworld" (2012). In addition to that, Usurpress has also found time to record split-7” with fellow Swedes Bombs of Hades and Pyramido as well as a 10”/mini-CD which is a split with international deathgrinders Bent Sea (members from Soilwork, Napalm Death, Aborted, etc).
However, their new album "Ordained", recorded in the spring of 2014 and released on Doomentia Records in September, is by far their most complex and diverse offering ever. On one hand, the prog influences are allowed to really show themselves and take up space in the songwriting, perhaps most notably in the orchestrated instrumental pieces featuring acoustic instruments. On the other, "Ordained" is without a doubt Usurpress’ fastest, heaviest and most violent recording.
The quartet from Uppsala recorded their 3rd album, entitled "The Regal Tribe", during the fall of 2015 under supervision of rising star producer Lawrence Mackrory (FKÜ, Darkane, etc). Its release date has been slated for 2016 via Agonia Records.
Karmoygeddon Metal Festival @ Karmoy, NO
Horni Libchava @ NTEY Deathfest, CZ
Ahrensburg @ Holsteiner Death Fest, DE
Ahrensburg @ Holsteiner Death Fest, GER
Bergen @ Tba, BEL
TEMPLE OF BAAL
London @ Incineration Fest, UK
London @ Incineration Festival, UK
Vienna @ Viper Room, AU
Leipzig @ Bandhaus, DE
Deinze @ Elpee, BEL