Posts Tagged ‘The Usurper’

s-l640We are still chipping away here at Loudwire.com’s Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time and I am definitely excited to be checking out today’s artist which is one I meant to do a while ago. The first time I had ever heard of Tom G. Warrior or the band Celtic Frost was on two different releases. The first time was thank you to Brazilian legends Sepultura and their cover of Celtic Frosts Procreation (Of the Wicked) and the second was Tom’s appearance on the Dave Grohl led Probot record. It was an introduction too a world at a time that I had never explored before when I checked out the Swiss metal band’s music. Today, I have decided to cover the band’s second studio album To Mega Therion (translates to The Great Beast in Greek) which was released on October 27, 1985 via Noise Records. The band was made up of Warrior (guitars/vocals/effects/co-producer/assistant engineer), Dominic Steiner (Bass/Bass Effects), and Reed St. Mark¬†(Drums/Percussion). The album is another one that is widely considered a very influential album in the early days of both Death and Black Metal respectively. The album artwork is a painting done by the late, great H.R. Giger entitled Satan I.

518LGWJ+v-L1. Innocence and Wrath– An instrumental track opens up the album and showcases what could be considered an influence to Symphonic Black Metal bands of the future with the French Horns in the track. 5/5

2. The Usurper– The first track leads right into this one which is a balls to the wall bass driven track that tells the story of a man who takes over kingdoms by force illegally for his king. 5/5

3. Jewel Throne-an in your face, go for the throat track about a man in kingdom that is slowly crumbling, but he still hides behind his throne. 4.5/5

4. Dawn of Megiddo-I like the eerie like tone of the track in the beginning and at one point in the track the French Horns make a comeback to give it that apocalyptic feel in what I believe is about the destruction of the city of Megiddo in Israel. 4.5/5

5. Eternal Summer– A track that starts off heavy then has a hardcore punk feel to the tempo in this track about the fall of ancient Egypt in my opinion. 4.5/5

to-mega-therion-5328156d04a6a6. Circle Of The Tyrants– an in your face track that explodes out of a cannon right from the start that talks about the causalities of war in this world. 5/5

7. (Beyond the) North Winds-A cool track that to be honest I am not exactly sure what Tom is talking about in this track. It seems to be somewhere in the dream realm if I had to take a guess. 4/5

8. Fainted Eyes– another track that has that fast punk tempo mixed with some metal beats along the way in a track that I believe he is referring to the dream world (not 100% sure). 4/5

9. Tears in a Prophet’s Dream-Another instrumental on the album that features lots of cool sound effects like crashing symbols, screams, etc. It honestly sounds like you are going through a nightmare with the suspense building. 4/5

10. Necromantical Screams–¬† the last track on the album deals with the fact of a person who has been so addicted to seeing the future through the dead that it’s haunting them now. I like the King Diamond like background vocals in this track, it kind of adds to it. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– You can definitely see how Celtic Frost would be considered an influence, but I find that to be more true as it relates to Death Metal more than Black Metal. Nonetheless, this is a really good record and definitely one you need to check out. My favorite tracks are The Usurper and Circle Of Tyrants while Fainted Eyes and (Beyond The) North Winds are my least favorite tracks. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.