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Portland doombringers USNEA spawned in late 2011 from the cerebral minds of Justin Cory (Guitar & Vocals), Johnny Lovingood (Guitar), Zeke Rogers (Drums) and Joel Williams (Bass, Vocals). The quartet has proven to be a seismic level force of destructive creativity with a massive yet meditative sound, masterfully crafted songwriting, and a clear yet non-derivative influence from doom legends such as Disembowelment, My Dying Bride, Neurosis and YOB.

USNEA released their eponymous, self-titled debut album in February 2013 on Roger’s own label Orca Wolf Records. Following a 7” EP split with Ruins, USNEA signed to Relapse Records and released Random Cosmic Violence in November 2014. Random Cosmic Violence’s immense presence instantly elevated USNEA to the forefront of the blossoming American doom scene. Stereogum referred to Random Cosmic Violence as having a “Floydian vastness that both balances and amplifies the overwhelming, crushing heaviness. Like the night sky itself, it’s full of terror and awe and ice and fire. It is a massive, monumental thing.” USNEA spent the next couple years touring in support of the record alongside veteran acts such as Ufomammut and Inverloch plus appearances at notable festivals including Maryland Deathfest, Roadburn Festival and Modified Ghost Festival.

Now in 2017, USNEA returns with their third full-length album, Portals Into Futility, in September 2017. 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. An array of sci-fi novels that are becoming more and more of a reality in these volatile times informed the band’s writing throughout the album, including “Shadow of the Torturer” by Gene Wolfe, “Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula K Le Guin, “Valis” by Philip K Dick, “Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, “Demon Haunted World” by Carl Sagan, and “Dune” by Frank Herbert. Portals Into Futility was recorded with Fester and assistant Andrew Grosse at Caravan Recordings and Haywire Studios in Portland, OR and mastered by Adam Gonsalvez at Telegraph Audio. 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.

USNEA Is:

Justin Cory – Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Lovingood – Guitar
Joel Williams – Bass, Vocals
Zeke Rogers – Drums

ARTIST UPDATES
  • USNEA: Announce Spring 2018 West Coast Tour Dates Photo Credit: Orion Landau Portland doom quartet USNEA announce the 2018 Spring of Futility West Coast Tour. The band will tour in support of their recent full-length album Portals Into Futility. The tour commences March 23 in their hometown and ends March 31 in Chico, CA with directed support by Seattle’s UN. A full tour date ...
  • Relapse Records Podcast #52 – October 2017 Ft. MATT HARVEY (EXHUMED) The Relapse Records Podcast returns just in time for the Halloween season with our special guest Matt Harvey of EXHUMED. Matt discusses the band’s new album Death Revenge, writing the band’s first concept album, horror movies and more. Also on the podcast we spin new and upcoming Relapse tracks from MYRKUR, IRON MONKEY, PRIMITIVE MAN, HAEMORRHAGE, S U R V I V E, DEATH and ...
  • Relapse Launch 2017 Sampler; Partner With Rock To The Future To Donate Proceeds Relapse is proud to partner with Rock to the Future to offer our annual label sampler highlighting another year of incredible music from their eclectic roster, featuring the best dark and heavy music from around the globe. Ranging from death metal, black metal, doom, sludge, and grindcore to hard rock, electronic, synth, industrial, experimental, prog, and more, the ...
  • USNEA: Share Portals Into Futility Full Album Stream Via Noisey Portland doom quartet USNEA have shared a full stream of their third full-length album Portals Into Futility the day before its official release via Relapse Records. Stream the entire album via Vice’s music outlet Noisey HERE. USNEA will tour throughout Europe dates this Fall as direct support for Ufomammut. The tour commences on September 30 in ...
  • USNEA: Share New Song “Eidolons and the Increate” Via Decibel Magazine Portland doom quartet USNEA have shared a new song “Eidolons and the Increate” off the impending, full-length album Portals Into Futility. Watch the Frank Huang (Maximum Volume Silence) directed visualizer now via Decibel Magazine HERE and YouTube below: USNEA commented on the video: “”Eidolons and the Increate” ebbs from a murkiness in the future where humanity ...
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