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 their eponymous debut via Orca Wolf Records in 2013.
STREAM: Usnea – http://usneadoom.bandcamp.com
The band has entered Haywire Studios with Jared “Fester” See to record their 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 US West Coast dates that includes shows with Lycus and Bell Witch. The tour is in support of their upcoming split 7″ with Germany’s Ruins to be released on Halo of Flies Records in North America and Twisted Chords in Europe. Listen to the split with Ruins here. The 7” can be pre-ordered here.
“A masterclass of sheer brutality … Brilliant and highly recommended” – The Sludgelord
“Simply devastating” – CVLT Nation
“Usnea craft long, elegant death/doom songs that incorporate tinges of drone, black metal, and sludge; they draw liberally upon funeral doom’s melodic underpinnings and graven tempos without succumbing to the genre’s self-imposed limitations.“ – Grim Kim / Metalsucks.net