August 12, 2018

Ill Omen - The Grande Usurper - Press Release + Track Stream

Press Release by Nathan T Birk.

Article posted by Trevor Proctor.

Iron Bonehead Productions has just released a special mini-album from Ill Omen, The Grande Usurper, on CD and 12" vinyl formats.

A prolific force within the Australian black metal underground, Ill Omen has built a canon of enviably massive proportions - and not just "massive" in size, but rather in the heights/depths to which mainman IV aims.
Much like he has in his death metal-oriented vehicle Temple Nightside, IV scours the murk with single-minded intent, but with Ill Omen, he pursues a vision of black metal that's ceremonial and sinuous, often slowly drifting like fog lingering across an empty grave. Such was the case with 2016's massive Æ.Thy.Rift - arguably, IV's perfection of slo-mo blackdoom - and here, he returns with his first recording since that critically acclaimed third album.

And yet, The Grande Usurper is a grand break from the gooey, stretched-out expanses of Æ.Thy.Rift. No less murky, instead, IV sends the listener on a wild ride through the most bestial recesses of the characteristic Ill Omen sound. 
Across its four-song/25-minute runtime, The Grande Usurper roils and revels among the filth, pulsing with barely contained rage, as mind-melting solos yawn slowly up from the crypt, invoking that same sense of delirium as Æ.Thy.Rift but faster. Altogether, it's a record that consolidates all the gnarled 'n' gnarling weapons within the Ill Omen arsenal, but wields them in obscene and horrifyingly new ways. Hideous energy, slipstreaming songwriting, coffin-bound atmosphere crushed: here is revealed The Grande Usurper.

01 - The Ruinous Drear
02 - Sentenced Suffering
03 - An Eld Living Darkness 
04 - A Thousand Yawning Graves.

The Grande Usurper by Ill Omen is now available from Iron Bonehead Productions on CD + MLP by following this link.

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