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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Usurpress sign with Agonia Records

Doom/crust/prog-infused death metallers Usurpress have signed a deal with Agonia Records. The quartet from Uppsala, Sweden recorded their 3rd album, entitled "The Regal Tribe", during the fall of 2015 under supervision of rising star producer Lawrence Mackrory (FKÜ, Darkane). Its release date has been slated for 2016.


"The name Agonia is synonymous with integrity, originality and quality", says Usurpress frontman, Stefan Pettersson. "We felt that to be able to compete with the bands already signed to the label we had to challenge ourselves and really step up our game. We decided early on to discard the traditional way of songwriting/arranging and compose The Regal Tribe one piece at the time, starting with the first riff in the first song and ending with the last riff in the last song. That way we hoped to avoid the album becoming repetitive and stale and instead more fluent and powerful. Listening back to the finished album, I'm convinced we did the right thing. This is the album we have always sought to do".

Usurpress is a death metal-band (of sorts) formed in 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.

Cover artwork, tracklisting and other details of the band's 3rd album "The Regal Tribe" will be revealed shortly.

Line-up:
Stefan Pettersson - vocals
Påhl Sundström - guitar
Daniel Ekeroth - bass
Calle Lönnberg - drums

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