Portland doom quartet USNEA released third full-length album Portals Into Futility last Friday via Relapse Records.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Justin Cory, Portals Into Futility was a journey for us to write, and hopefully a journey that also presents itself to the listener. The record is a catharsis of a great deal of anxiety, pain and suffering, seeking to be both an escape from those realities and a meditation on them. From the anguish and barbarity of the torturer in ‘Eidolons And The Increate’ throughout to the cold and barren desert planet atmosphere of ‘A Crown Of Desolation,’ we hope the listener finds the peaks and valleys of our compositions to be a satisfying emotional reprieve from the sobering peaks and valleys of our own dark reality.

Portals Into Futility is out now on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical pre orders and exclusive bundles are currently available via Relapse.com at THIS LOCATION and digital pre orders are available via Bandcamp HERE.

Inspired by dystopian science-fiction and the painful intersection of today’s crushing reality, Portals Into Futility offers five songs and fifty-six minutes of expertly crafted and elegantly depressive doom/sludge. With an evolved sound of strength and dynamism, USNEA delves 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 reminds us that no matter how many doors are opened to the human species, our self-aggrandizement and hubris all lead to futility.

USNEA will tour throughout Europe this fall as direct support for Ufomammut. The tour – which commences on September 30th in Paris, France and concludes October 22nd in Munich, Germany – includes appearances at multiple festivals including Up In Smoke, Soulcrusher Festival, and Keep It Doom.

USNEA w/ Ufomammut:

9/30/2017 La Boule Noire – Paris, FR

10/01/2017 Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, FR

10/03/2017 Borderline – London, UK

10/04/2017 Magasin 4 – Brussels, BE

10/05/2017 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE

10/06/2017 Up In Smoke Festival – Pratteln, CH

10/07/2017 Doornroosje @ Soulcrusher Festival – Nijmegen, NL

10/08/2017 Forum – Bielefeld, DE

10/10/2017 Blitz – Oslo, NO

10/11/2017 Klub Undergangen – Stockholm, SE

10/13/2017 Korjaamo @ Blowup Vol. 3 Festival – Helsinki, FI

10/14/2017 Olympia-Kortelli – Tampere, FI

10/16/2017 KB 18 – Copenhagen, DK

10/17/2017 Lido – Berlin, DE

10/18/2017 Markthalle – Hamburg, DE

10/19/2017 Werk 2 – Leipzig, DE

10/20/2017 Firley – Wroclaw, PL

10/21/2017 007 – Prague, CZ

10/22/2017 Keep It Doom Festival – Munich, DE

USNEA was spawned in late 2011 from the cerebral minds of guitarist/vocalist Justin Cory, guitarist Johnny Lovingood, drummer Zeke Rogers, and bassist/vocalist Joel Williams. 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 self-titled debut album in February 2013 on Rogers’ 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. 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, Valis by Philip K Dick, 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, Oregon and mastered by Adam Gonsalvez at Telegraph Audio.

Musically speaking, Portals Into Futility builds upon the progress they made with its predecessor,Random Cosmic Violence. ‘Funeral doom has always been an ill-fitting mantle for the four… because, while their tuning is low and tempo is slow, they’ve never shied away from progression. Rather than floating motionless in amber, USNEA reaches out and absorbs outside energies, which then combust into psychedelic spirals, tormented shrieks, shining acoustic passages, hollow-voiced choruses, and flashy drumming. – Noisey

a very well balanced, thoroughly crafted extreme doom/death record. USNEA manage to find their place between the light and the dark, making full use of their arsenal and its capabilities. The album includes epic moments of grandeur, but also solitary ambient passages. It has a melodic touch, but also accepts its dissonant edge. It travels from the lyrical sense of melancholy to the brutal end of depression, bridging these territories in an exquisite manner.– Cvlt Nation

a refreshing breath of air for extreme doom. An album that breaks away from traditional norms and successfully tinkers with the very construct of a genre certainly deserves its praise. — Metal Injection




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