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Usnea Inks Deal 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.

May 22 Portland, OR Star Theatre, w/ Jex Thoth & Witch Mountain
June 15 Portland, OR Tonic Lounge, w/ Augurs, TomxHanks & Pleasure Cross
July 09 Portland, OR East End, w/ Lycus, Hungers & Satyress
Aug 12 Seattle, WA Highline, w/ Fórn & Serial Hawk
Aug 13 Portland, OR Slabtown, w/ Fórn & Chasma
Aug 14 Chico, CA Cafe Coda, w/ Fórn, Funerary & Amarok
Aug 15- 16 Oakland, CA Dead Fest @ Oakland Metro, w/ Bell Witch, Nausea (LA),Theories
Aug 17 Santa Cruz, CA Witch House, w/ Fórn, Augurs & Abstractor
Aug 18 San Luis Obispo, CA TBA, w/ Augurs, Blood Moon & Lycus
Aug 19 Los Angeles, CA East 7th Street Warehouse w/ Augurs, Destroy Judas & Exhausted Prayer
Aug 20 San Diego, CA Till Two Club, w/ Augurs, Age of Collapse
Aug 21 Ventura, CA Billy O's, w/ Augurs, Sutratma & Blasting Concept
Aug 22 Oakland, CA First Church of the Buzzard, w/ Augurs, Lycus
Aug 23 Eugene, OR TBA

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