Album Review: The Grande Usurper (2018) – Ill Omen



Coming to your ears from the land of kangaroos, the Great Barrier Reef, and Sydney Opera House, Ill Omen brings death and ruin in its latest release, The Grande Usurper. Featuring four tracks of gloom, death, and darkness, The Grande Usurper, follow up release to the critically acclaimed Æ.Thy.Rift, is the 16th release from Ill Omen since 2006.

What I find incredible is that it all originates from IV, the composer and musician for every track. Yeah, that’s right, just one individual known as IV. With tracks like “The Ruinous Drear” and “A Thousand Yawning Graves”, The Grande Uspurper is black metal in it’s best form.

After several listens, the blackness is seeping into the depths of ones soul. It’s difficult to silence the whispers and voices each track summons. Beware those with an impressionable nature, this EP could cause unwanted dreams of destruction. Fans of black metal should check out The Grande Usurper.

Rating: 3.5/5

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