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Formed: 2011
From: Portland, OR, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Usnea News

Below is our complete Usnea news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Usnea Debuts New Song "Eidolons and the Increate"

Portland doom outfit Usnea debuts a new song entitled "Eidolons and the Increate", taken from the upcoming new album "Portals Into Futility", which will be out in stores September 8 via Relapse Records.

Check out now "Eidolons and the Increate" below.

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Usnea Releases New Video

Portland doom unit Usnea today shares an official music video for "Pyrrhic Victory," which comes by way of the group's upcoming "Portals Into Futility" full-length album. Watch the Frank Huang (Maximum Volume Silence) directed clip below.

Inspired by dystopian science-fiction and the painful intersection of today's crushing reality, "Portals Into Futility" offers five songs and fifty-six minutes of elegantly depressive doom/sludge. The album is due out September 8th on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. More...

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Usnea Streams New Single, Issues Album Details

Portland doom quartet Usnea has announced the full details of the third full-length album, "Portals Into Futility." The new single "Lathe In Heaven" can be heard in the player at the bottom. "Portals Into Futility" hits the stores on September 8th as a CD, 2LP and digital download via Relapse Records.

Inspired by dystopian science-fiction and the painful intersection of today's crushing reality, "Portals Into Futility" offers five songs and fifty-six minutes of expertly crafted and elegantly depressive doom/sludge. With an evolved sound of strength and dynamism, Usnea delves more into the worlds of dissonant death metal, varied vocal structures, and cinematic composition, all while maintaining the monumental heaviness, brutality, discord, anger, and mournful melodicism of the previous work. Across dark and brooding peaks and valleys, Usnea reminds us that no matter how many doors are opened to the human species, our self-aggrandizement and hubris all lead to futility.

On the new single, the band commented: "'Lathe Of Heaven' was inspired by the eponymous book by Ursula K. Le Guin. It is a meditation on the blurred line between cognitive reality and delusion wherein the protagonist can change reality through dreaming. A well-intentioned psychologist attempts to corral that power but ends up creating more chaos and suffering. In the end, human arrogance and greed are shown to be the leading contributors to our own doom."

The track listing is:

1. Eidolons And The Increate
2. Lathe Of Heaven
3. Demon Haunted World
4. Pyrrhic Victory
5. A Crown Of Desolation More...

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Usnea Kicks Off North American Trek

In support of Relapse Records debut LP, "Random Cosmic Violence," Portland's Usnea just embarked on the band's most extensive tour ever. Kicking off in the group's hometown tonight, the quartet will take dredging hymns across North America with nearly three dozen shows through mid-June.

Leading off with several solo gigs, Usnea will rendezvous with Italian psychedelic doom trio Ufomammut mid-next week. Dates for the trek are as follows:

5/08/2015 High Water Mark - Portland, OR * tour kick-off w/ Eye of Nix, Hiding
5/09/2015 Neurolux - Boise, ID - w/ Inter Arma, Uzala, Yautja
5/10/2015 Metro Bar - Salt Lake City, UT w/ Odium Totus
5/11/2015 Lost Lake Lounge - Denver, CO w/ Inter Arma, Yautja, Prison Death
5/12/2015 Frank's North Star Tavern - Lawrence, KS More...

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Ufomammut Announces North American Tour

With the details of upcoming seventh studio full-length album, "Ecate," having been recently unveiled, Italian mystical doom trio Ufomammut finally announces its official first-ever tour of North America today, something diehard fans of this colossal outfit have been awaiting anxiously for years.

Now more than fifteen years into the group's time together as Ufomammut, the band's only prior U.S. outings were two live shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2009 in conjunction with the crushing "Idolum" LP.

Initiated by a performance at this year's Maryland Deathfest with lablemates Yob, Neurosis and countless others, Ufomammut's month-long North America Spring 2015 tour has now been declared. The trek will begin in Chicago on May 13th, with Relapse Records' quartet Usnea providing direct support for the entire tour, which comes to a close in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 13th, including two shows in Canada.

The trek will be preceded by a European tour alongside the UK's Conan, consuming the latter half of April and including appearances at both of this year's Desertfest events in London and Berlin. More...

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Usnea Announces Record Release Show

With Relapse Records' official unveiling of Usnea's sophomore LP, "Random Cosmic Violence," having taken place this week, the celestial funeral doom outfit has released a meticulous track-by-track commentary piece on the album's four movements. Give it a read at CVLT Nation here.

Usnea has confirmed several new live appearances over the coming weeks, leading off with a show at the Wisp House in Salem, Oregon for Wednesday, November 24th with Urzeit and In Thoth.

Directly after that, the band will take part in two Red Bull Sound Select Presents shows in both Portland and Seattle. The Portland gig is set for Tuesday, December 2nd, supporting Lesbian and Deavheaven, followed by the Seattle show the next night, Wednesday, December 3rd, also with Deafheaven.

Then on Saturday, December 13th, USNEA will give their hometown a vicious taste of the new album at the official record release show for Random Cosmic Violence at the White Owl Social Club in Portland, the set culminating in a performance of the entire new LP.

You can stream the entire new album at this location, and see the band live on these dates:

11/24/2014 The Wisp House - Salem, OR w/ Urzeit, In Thoth
12/02/2014 Holocene - Portland, OR w/ Deafheaven, Lesbian
12/03/2014 Chop Suey - Seattle, WA w/ Deafheaven
12/13/2014 White Owl Social Club - Portland, OR "Random Cosmic Violence" release show w/ Lord Dying, Cold Blue Mountain

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Usnea Streaming Entire Album Online

The sophomore full-length release from Portland, Oregon's Usnea, titled "Random Cosmic Violence," is now playing in its entirety a week ahead of its worldwide street date (November 10th) through Relapse Records. Listen in below, thanks to Stereogum.com. Relapse Records also comments:

"Not only an album which more than satisfies the urge diehard cult fans of the band since previous outings, 'Random Cosmic Violence' packs a monumentally damaging and contagious dose of some of 2014's finest metal of the slow-motion doom/death/sludge-influenced variety sucking endless new fans into its fathomless expanses." More...

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Usnea Streaming "Random Cosmic Violence"

The impact of "Random Cosmic Violence," the second album from Portland, Oregon's Usnea, and first of the band's releases for Relapse Records, will be felt worldwide in less than three weeks.

This week another precursory strike has been made, as the fine folks at No Clean Singing unveil the LP's devastating title track. Listen in below.

The album was recorded and mixed by Jared "Fester" See at Haywire Studios (Stoneburner, Rabbits, Drunk Dad) who supplies additional guitars to the title track, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity). The artwork and design was handled by Justin Cory and Orion Landau.

Relapse will release the album on CD, digital download, and both colored/limited and standard black 2xLP in Germany/Benelux/Finland on November 7th and in North America and the rest of the world November 10th.

On the day of the new album's North American release, Usnea will perform in the band's hometown with label mates and allies in Atriarch, with additional live and tour actions to be announced in the near future as Random Cosmic Violence sees release.

11/10/2014 Tonic Lounge - Portland, OR w/ Atriarch, Muscle and Marrow More...

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Usnea Streaming "Healing Through Death"

Having signed Portland based funeral doom/death quartet Usnea earlier this year, Relapse Records is now preparing the band's monstrous sophomore LP for descent onto the population in mid-November.

Today, Usnea unveils the full details of this second full-length LP entitled "Random Cosmic Violence," which was recorded and mixed by Jared "Fester" See at Haywire Studios (Stoneburner, Rabbits, Drunk Dad) who supplies additional guitars to the title track, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity). The artwork and design was handled by Justin Cory and Orion Landau.

You can also hear the new song "Healing Through Death" in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Lying in Ruin
2. Healing Through Death
3. Random Cosmic Violence
4. Detritus More...

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Doomed & Stoned Offering 70 Track Compilation

The blog Doomed & Stoned has put together an extensive compilation of underground heavy bands in Portland, Oregon, which features Ape Machine's "Angry Man," Blackwitch Pudding's "Swamp Gas Of The Nevermizer," and a whole lot more. The site's founder, Billy Goat, comments:

"Portland, Oregon is known for many things--it's the 'Rose City,' clustered around the mighty Willamette River and nearby Mt. Hood, the home of Nike and the Trail Blazers, even a major network television show called Portlandia.

"But to the hard working locals, Portland is home two the two big things that really matter: brews and bad-ass rock 'n' roll. Doomed & Stoned in Portland is a snapshot of the heavy music scene right now in Portland--from the ever-popular Red Fang, Lord Dying, and Toxic Holocaust, to rising stars such as Sons of Huns, Ape Machine, and Drunk Dad.

"Most of all, here is a collection of bands with a strong DIY ethic--everything from experimental metal to a distinct brand of Northwest punk to the ultra-heavy metal doom giants like Graves at Sea, Usnea, and Stoneburner. Not to mention the bands that just like to "Keep Portland Weird" (Blackwitch Pudding, Pinkzilla, Big Black Cloud). Over 65 bands waiting for you to lend them your ears--and a free download, to boot. You may just discover your next favorite bands."

You can stream all the tracks below or pick up your own copy of the compilation at this location. The track listing is as follows: More...

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Usnea Signs With Relapse Records

Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Pacific Northwest death/doom/sludge quartet Usnea.

Formed in 2011, Usnea (Zeke Rogers - drums, Joel Williams - bass & vocals, Johnny Lovingood - guitar, Justin Cory - guitar / vocals) released an eponymous debut via Orca Wolf Records in 2013, which can be heard below.

Now the band has entered Haywire Studios with Jared "Fester" See to record a sophomore full-length and Relapse debut which is planned for a late 2014 release. The group commented on the signing:

"We are stoked and honored to sign with Relapse and join the ranks of fellow heavy acts (and buddies) Cough, Indian, Inter Arma, Primitive Man, Christian Mistress, Nux Vomica, Lord Dying, and so many more. Relapse has put out some incredible, seriously solid heavy albums over the past 20 plus years and we couldn't be happier having them release our next album. On top of that, everyone at Relapse has been awesome and supportive and couldn't be nicer folks.”

Additionally, Usnea will be hitting the road in August for a short run of West Coast dates that includes dates with Lycus and Bell Witch. The tour is in support of an upcoming split 7" with Germany's Ruins to be released on Halo of Flies Records in North America and Twisted Chords in Europe. A complete list of dates is available below. More...

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Usnea Streaming Self-Titled Album

Portland funeral doom act Usnea has released a self-titled EP, which is now available for streaming through the Bandcamp player below. You can also buy the physical version through Orca Wolf Records.

According to a statement from the band, the release "fuses elements of funeral and death doom, sludge metal, black metal, and esoteric drone into an oppressive 30 minute journey of anger and despondency."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Chaoskampf 12:47
2. Brazen Bull of Phalaris 17:30
3. Monuments to Avarice 14:22
4. Empirical Evidence of a Deranged God 10:21 More...

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