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Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Usnea appeared in the extreme doom/death scene fairly recently, releasing their self-titled debut album back in 2013. It did not take long for them to be noticed by Relapse, which put out their sophomore record Random Cosmic Violence the following year. Even though their second album

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Usnea shares basic traits with its namesake. The lichen is neither fungus nor alga. Usnea is neither doom metal nor black metal. The grey-green plant grows its branches slowly. Usnea’s protracted songs tell wandering stories that veer off the funerary path. Juxtaposing abrasiveness with gentleness, their dirges profess a full

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Can you tell us how Usnea came to be, and the story so far? Justin: I was playing in a stoner metal band that called it quits right after recording and playing a solid year of shows. I knew Joel from his post as one of the best sound engineers

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Ten years from now, you’ll discuss this album with your friends and they will say: “what, that album that almost fucking killed me?” And you will reply: “yes, that crushing motherfucker right there.” In fact, Usnea‘s heaviness is no mystery, and their music seems to have a timelessness that will

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USNEA’s new album Random Cosmic Violence is out now via Relapse Records. Below, check out a track-by-track commentary written by guitarist/vocalist Justin Cory! Everyone at CVLT Nation is ultra stoked for this release and very proud of USNEA! Lying in Ruin Oddly enough, we wrote all of the songs for

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Portland’s USNEA & Bielefeld’s RUINS have joined forces for a sick fucking split being released via both Halo of Flies & Twisted Chords. Each band shows why they are at the top of their game! We are ultra stoked to be streaming this very special 7 inch below…You can also

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