Album Review: River of Souls – ‘USURPER’

River of Souls was founded in 2014. The music can be described as Doomed Heavy Death Metal.

In 2017 The debut album “THE WELL OF URD” was released, an album with lyrical themes as our everlasting fate, the binding forces of nature and our journey through the light and the dark. This was accompanied by a very diverse sound palette, ranging from doomy coldness, through diverse melodic parts, to straight up tempo death metal which creates a gateway to the world beneath the Well

After many positive reviews and reactions, in 2018 the EP “THE NIHILIST” was released. This was also received with positive feedback and reviews. The first live shows were also done in 2018, at Armistice Doomfest in Antwerp (BE) and Dutch Doom Days in NL.

2019 was a year of changes for River of Souls. While working on tracks for the sophomore album, line up troubles appeared. In June 2019 the band released the single “PROMETHEUS UNBOUND” digitally, and focused on writing and recording the new album, and the future of the band.

Fast forward to 2020, the band released their 2nd full length album called “USURPER”, with which they continue their musical journey, but this time heavier than ever…

The intro of the album is jaw-dropping, followed by heavy guitar riffs and absolutely stunning, powerful vocals with deep lyrics. As a huge fan of both doom and death metal, I loved the melodic complexity of the sound and the way that it’s chillingly atmospheric, making me feel as if I’m in an entirely different world. 

If you’re looking for something to separate you from reality, I definitely recommend checking out this band and their album. All links below!





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