Chicago death/thrash lords USURPER have been rejoined by original drummer Apocalyptic Warlord. Joe "Apocalyptic" Warlord helped form the band in 1993 along with Rick S. Scythe (guitar) and General Diabolical Slaughter (vocals). Warlord had to leave in 1996 when he couldn't commit to touring, but now things are worked out in his life where he can commit to USURPER 100%. His work with USURPER includes 1994's "Visions From The Gods" demo, 1995's "Diabolosis" CD/LP, and 1996's mini CD/picture disc "Threshold of the Usurper".Commented Rick, "Myself as an individual as well as the band as a whole are extremely pleased to announce that Joe 'Apocalyptic' Warlord has now regained his rightful spot (once again) as USURPER's drummer. Joe's incredible playing style is up there with the cream of the crop of today's modern drummers and his technical style, and barbaric presence is something that we are 100% psyched about having as part of the family again! "We can't wait to not only start working on new songs together, but also to play some old classics that no other USURPER drummer since has been able to play such as 'Soulstalker' and 'Necrocult Part1 (The Metal War)'. We are also eager to hit the road with our metal brother and play all the other songs from our last few albums that he didn't play on, and feel the metal magic with his presence behind the kit on songs from 'Twilight Dominion', 'Necronemesis' and 'Skeletal Season'! "We also would like to bid farewell to session drummer Steve Sams. Steve (who is a Bay Area native) moved out to Chicago early in 2003 and by May quickly learned songs to replace Dave Hellstorm. Steve joined on a 'trial' basis, and was never an official member. Unfortunately after playing some fests and touring together we all felt that Steve was not the right man for the job. We wish Steve nothing but the best, and he will definitely be an asset to the next band he joins, he just wasn't the right man for USURPER. "Back in the summer of 2002 I personally asked Joe "Apocalyptic" Warlord to play on 'Twilight Dominion'. He really wanted to, but the timing wasn't right. So it never happened. When we played Chicago on the ENSLAVED tour (August 3, 2003) Joe joined us on stage for 'Black Funeral'. The guy didn't rehearse the song and we didn't play together in 7 years, yet he got up on Steve's kit and summoned the thunder! It was a magical moment for us. We connected on stage, and Joe's powerhouse style and his maniacal stage presence proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that The Warlord must return! "Right now we are starting the first rehearsals together. We plan on touring Europe some time in 2004, then we will work on the next album. It is great to have the original line-up back together. Apocalyptic Warlord is 100% part of the band for recording and touring. See you on the road!"
To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).