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Portals Into Futility

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Fredrik von Malmborg
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Fredrik von Malmborg Usnea's self-titled debut album struck me totally. The sophomore album Random Cosmic Violence was number one on my best album of the year in 2014. With"Portals Into Futility", Usnea is redefining what is heavy metal. It may be one of the best metal albums - ever.

Seeing them live, and spending an entire night with these awesome guys, enhances everything! You rock! Many thanx! / Fredrik a.k.a. DJ Brännkyrka Favorite track: A Crown of Desolation.
Yawning Druid
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Yawning Druid This could very well be my favorite album of 2017. Some of the most authentic and aggressive death/funeral doom I've ever heard with a stamp dead center that screams "We are Usnea and we are here to fucking destroy you." Favorite track: Eidolons and the Increate.
Matthew Toye
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Matthew Toye Usnea have taken their doom formula to new levels of sophistication. This is some classy stuff that puts the band into it's own category. Love the sci-fi and dystopian themes. Favorite track: Pyrrhic Victory.
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Portland doom quartet USNEA return with their third full-length, Portals Into Futility. Inspired by dystopian science-fiction and the painful intersection of today's crushing reality, Portals Into Futility is 5 songs and 56 minutes of expertly crafted and elegantly depressive doom/sludge. With an evolved sound of strength and dynamism, USNEA delve 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 their previous work. Across dark and brooding peaks and valleys, USNEA remind us that no matter how many doors are opened to the human species, our self-aggrandizement and hubris all lead to futility.

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released September 8, 2017

2017 Relapse Records
www.relapse.com
www.relapserecords.bandcamp.com

Engineered and mixed February 2017 by Fester at Caravan Studio and Haywire Studio with assistant engineer Andrew Grosse.
Mastered by Adam Gonsalvez at Telegraph Audio.
Artwork by Orion Landau and Justin Cory.

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Usnea Portland, Oregon

Usnea fuse elements of funeral and death doom, sludge metal, black metal, and esoteric drone. Oppressive tone and volume combine with lyrics searching for meaning in a world full of oppression, human hierarchy and bleakness and fueled by the anger and despondency that are it's by-product... perhaps in the liberation of negativity we are truly freed. ... more

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