Usnea – s/t

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Usnea – Usnea LP
February 22, 2013
Orca Wolf

Not all bands blend in such a perfect way their influences that go from the early Peaceville doom bands to the more contemporary bands like Loss, Aldebaran, Mournful Congregation and others.”
– CVLT NATION

This is one of the hardest hitting, loudest and heaviest releases I have heard in 2013…Everything about this album is bleak from the word go. Sure there are plenty of heavy sludge riffage on show but it’s most the most brutal and violent kind of sludge riffage. With pitch-perfect nightmarish vocals to match.
– The Sludgelord

Portland’s sludge/doom band USNEA bring forth a despondent and oppresively mournful effort with their self-titled LP, which was released by ORCA WOLF RECORDS on January 23, 2013. To pinpoint USNEA’s sound into one style would be unjustified, because this album manages to seamlessly encompass the anger and nastiness of sludge while also switching it up with the melodic bleakness of funeral doom and unrelenting black metal. This dynamic and diversity will distinguish them among the newer doom bands today.

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features/interviews:
CVLT Nation (Orca Wolf Giveaway)
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Cosmos Gaming
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We Fucking Love Music
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2013 Lists

MetalSucks (Necrolust: Some Stuff I Missed)
CVLT Nation (Top 6 Doom Records 2013)
Prolly is not Probably (The PiNP Top 10 Albums of 2013)
Metal Bandcamp (Aaron’s 2013 Year End List )
Mister Growl (Top 50 Metal Albums of the Year)
Thunder Cvnt (Chris’ Top 40 Metal Albums of 2013)
Forever Cursed (Best of 2013 – Part II)

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Usnea is a blackened funeral doom band formed in 2011 from Portland, Oregon. They incorporate elements of funeral doom, sludge, black metal, and death/doom. A debut LP will be released Feb 22, 2013. Members of the band previously played in; The Makai, Banishing, Amarok, Dopesmoker, Absence of Light, Lasers for Eyes, Bodhisattva, and Makes You Die.

Zeke Rogers – Drums
Joel Williams – Bass/Vocals
Johhny Lovingood – Guitar
Justin Cory – Guitar/Vocals

Discography:
Usnea (2013) [Orca Wolf Records]

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