Usurper: Cryptobeast
Earache Records, Mosh 289CD •
Release Date: 2/18/05, Format CD
5th Full Length Release

1. BONES OF MY ENEMIES
2. SUPERNATURAL KILLING SPREE
3. KILL FOR METAL
4. CONQUEST OF THE GROTESQUE
5. ECTOPLASM
6. RETURN OF THE WEREWOLF
7. REPTILIAN
8. CRYPTOBEAST
9. WRATH OF GOD
10. WARRIORS OF IRON AND RUST

Studio Notes:
Dan Tyrantor's studio diary (originally posted August 2004):
"Week two for the recording of 'Cryptobeast' is in the books, and it sounds amazing. Everything has been tracked, and now it's on to the mix. Neil beat the shit out of all of us, and it paid off by pulling the best possible performance out of everyone. Rick started the week by tearing through the guitars. He got an absolutely viscious tone that will slaughter posers from note one. Jon's bass was laid down the next day, and it added a brutal punch that accents Apocalyptic Warlord's drumming perfectly. Carcass Chris unleashed some killer solos the next day, followed by some acoustic guitar and tweaks here and there. I had spent all of this time drinking my ass off and laughing it up, but now it was my turn. Vocals took 2 three hour sessions, and came out great.

"Friday night we had a select few friends by to do gang vocals (hey!!!! war!!!!!) and to help us drink a keg of beer. Two drunken hours later, it was time to hear how everything sounded together. Just listening to afader/level mix was enough to hear that this is going to be an absolutely brutal slab of metal.

"We took the weekend off to sober up and clear our heads. Returning to Rax Trax on Tuesday, we began mixing. Two marathon sessions of tweaking, and the damn thing was finished! The entire band couldnt be happier with how it came out.

 

 

Produced, Recorded & Mixed by: Neil Kernon for Auslander
Recorded & Mixed at: Rax Trax Studios, Chicago, IL. August 2004 [www.raxtrax.com]
Cover Illustration by: Craig Simpson [www.craigillustrations.com]
Photography by: Hayley Murphy
Band painting by: Juha Vuorma
Additional artwork and art & layout concepts by: Rick "Scythe" Sprague
Backing Vocals on: "BONES OF MY ENEMIES", "KILL FOR METAL", "CONQUEST OF THE GROTESQUE", AND "REPTILIAN" by: SATAN'S GLEE CLUB: (Morbid Brian, Danny Wrench, Jim Svoboda, Ali & Usurper)
ALL MUSIC WRITTEN BY: R. Sprague (except: "Wrath of God" by: J. Woodring)
ALL LYRICS WRITTEN BY: R. Sprague (except: "Kill for Metal" by: D. Lawson. "Conquest of the Grotesque" & "Cryptobeast" by: D. Lawson/R. Sprague. "Wrath of God" by: D. Lawson/J. Woodring)
ALL PERCUSSION ARRANGEMENTS BY: J. Schaeffer
ALL LEADS BY: C. Svoboda
*Note: absolutely no keyboards or vocal effects were used on this album. All instruments and voices are real!