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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: February 23rd, 2018
Genre: Death, Progressive, Sludge
1. A Place In The Pantheon
2. Interregnum
4. Late In The 11th Hour
5. Ships Of Black Glass (I: Shards, II: Black Echo)
6. The Iron Gates Are Melting
7. The Vagrant Harlot

Review by Adam M on February 28, 2018.

Usurpress performs a mishmash of genres to excellent effect. There is a decidedly Swedish death flavor to the songs, but the variety of styles makes this more interesting than your standard effort from that genre. There are moments where the music slows down and takes a more atmospheric vibe which are nice and add variety to the mix. Surely the variation is a nice element that gives the band a great deal of credibility.

They are able to rock out when necessary, but make sure that the album has a changeable mood to it. The Swedish death portions themselves are strong and surpass the old Entomed comparison time and time again. This leads to a very compelling listen. There is a post aspect to the band brought on by noisy elements seen specifically in the highlight In Boos Without Pages.  Otherwise, black metal and other genres like gothic metal seep into the mix and bring this album to a more greatly elevated level.  The effect of the variation is delightful and poignant, but the album still isn’t perfect. Some parts of the mix bog down the overall sound of the band and lead to a slight bit of inconsistency such as the latter portions of Late in the 11th Hour. The experimentation doesn’t always work, but it leads to a freshness that is a complete wonder.

This is an album that many different metal lovers will enjoy and it only requires a moderate effort to create an effective listening experience from the listener. This is an experience that needs to be heard in its entirety to fully appreciate. Those interested in Swedish death will be the most likely to like the material here, but there is so much diversity that fans of a number of genres will find something to cling to. Usurpress have crafted a truly interesting release with Interregnum.

Rating: 7.8 out of 10