“Pyrrhic Victory” Video Premiere

From Invisible Oranges (http://www.invisibleoranges.com/usnea-pyrrhic-victory/)

“The video for Usnea’s new song “Pyrrhic Victory” asks a question that it knows that it cannot answer: what good is societal progress if it doesn’t solve the fundamental problem of human cruelty? If we are living at the end of history — to borrow a phrase from Francis Fukuyama — what do we have to show for it? The prospect of nuclear war and looming environmental collapse? Radical. Nice job, humanity.

Using found footage, Usnea place the image of a woman being hung next to a series of studies of the human brain. While “Pyrrhic Victory” isn’t a narrative, the implication is that no matter how much we advance, we have yet to find away to prevent human beings from inflicting pain on one another. Viciousness (and the suffering it causes) is so pervasive that any progress must be seen as a pyrrhic victory against the devils of our nature.

This is heavy shit, even for a band as sonically dense as Usnea. The Portland, Oregon-based doom act are no strangers to weighty themes, or equally weighty tones. Portals Into Futility, their upcoming record, is thick with both. Although it starts and ends with full force, the majority of “Pyrrhic Victory” is more subdued — and don’t mistake “subdued” for soft. The song’s lengthy bridge may not be as heavily distorted, but it’s no less suffocating. Using a mixture of guitar tones, including something that sounds like an E-Bow, and with the pace of a tank stuck in mud, Usnea turn the song into an impenetrable murk.

This might not scan as heavy in the traditional sense, too slow for a proper headbang and too drawn out for a raised pair of horns, but the psychological effect is the same as any traditional riff-fest. It is a sonic burden, one that leaves the listener unmoored from the song’s structure. When the band gives shape to the song’s conclusion, they still don’t offer easy catharsis. The song’s stuttering climax gradually folds over itself until the band’s instruments crumble into digital distortion. Is “Pyrrhic Victory” a difficult question left hanging, or an uncomfortable and pessimistic answer?”

 

 

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USNEA: Share New Song “Lathe of Heaven”; Announce Full Album Details

Portland doom quartet USNEA have announced the full details of their third full-length album entitled Portals Into Futility. 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. 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.

Portals Into Futility is due out September 8 on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. A complete tracklisting is included below.

Hear USNEA’s new song “Lathe In Heaven” via YouTube HERE and Soundcloud HERE.

USNEA Commented on the new song: ““Lathe of Heaven” was inspired the eponymous book by Ursula K Le Guin. It is a meditation on the blurred line between cognitive reality and delusion wherein the protagonist can change reality through dreaming. A well-intentioned psychologist attempts to corral that power but ends up creating more chaos and suffering. In the end, human arrogance and greed are shown to be the leading contributors to our own doom.”

Additionally, USNEA will tour throughout Europe dates this Fall as direct support for Ufomammut. The tour commences on September 30 in Paris and ends October 22 in Munich while hitting 19 different cities. The tour includes appearances at multiple festivals including Up In Smoke, Doornroosje Festival and Keep It Doom. The band will also perform an exclusive US set at Psycho Las Vegas on August 18. A complete listing of dates is available below.

Portals Into Futility will be released worldwide September 8 on CD/2xLP/Digital 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.

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Album Art Credit: Orion Landau and Justin Cory

Portals Into Futility Tracklist:

1. Eidolons and the Increate
2. Lathe of Heaven
3. Demon Haunted World
4. Pyrrhic Victory
5. A Crown of Desolation

USNEA Tour Dates:

Aug 18 Las Vegas, NV Psycho Las Vegas

— All dates Sep 30 – Oct 22 With Ufomammut —

Sep 30 Paris, FR La Boule Noire
Oct 01 Nantes, FR Le Ferrailleur
Oct 03 London, UK Borderline
Oct 04 Brussels, BE Magasin 4
Oct 05 Wiesbaden, DE Schlachthof
Oct 06 Pratteln, CH Up In Smoke
Oct 07 Nijmegen, NL Soulcrusher Festival @ Doornroosje Festival
Oct 08 Bielefed, DE Forum
Oct 10 Oslo, NO Blitz
Oct 11 Stockholm, SE Klub Undergangen
Oct 13 Helsinki, FI Korjaamo Blowup VOL 3
Oct 14 Tampere, FI Olympia-Kortelli
Oct 16 Copenhagen, DK KB 18
Oct 17 Berlin, DE Lido
Oct 18 Hamburg, DE Markthalle
Oct 19 Leipzig, DE Werk 2
Oct 20 Wroclaw, PL Firley
Oct 21 Prag Checkt, DE 007
Oct 22 Munich, DE Keep It Doom

 

 

 

USNEA Complete New Album; Announce European Tour Dates With Ufomammut

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Photo Credit: Orion Landau

Portland doom quartet USNEA have finished recording their third full-length album entitled Portals Into Futility. The album is set for a September 2017 release via Relapse Records. 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. The album was recorded earlier in 2017 at Caravan Recordings and Haywire Studios in Portland, OR with Jared “Fester” See. Complete album details will be announced shortly.

Additionally, USNEA have announced a run of European dates this Fall as direct support for Ufomammut. The tour commences on September 30 in Paris and ends October 22 in Munich while hitting 19 different cities. The tour includes appearances at multiple festivals including Up In Smoke, Doornroosje Festival and Keep It Doom. The band will also perform two exclusive US festival sets at Northwest Terror on June 16 and Psycho Las Vegas on August 18. A complete listing of dates is available below.

Stay tuned for more info on USNEA and stream their previous titles via Bandcamp at this location.

USNEA Tour Dates:

Jun 16 Seattle, WA Northwest Terror Fest
Aug 18 Las Vegas, NV Psycho Las Vegas

— All dates Sep 30 – Oct 22 With Ufomammut —

Sep 30 Paris, FR La Boule Noire
Oct 01 Nantes, FR Le Ferrailleur
Oct 03 London, UK Borderline
Oct 04 Brussels, BE Magasin 4
Oct 05 Wiesbaden, DE Schlachthof
Oct 06 Pratteln, CH Up In Smoke
Oct 07 Nijmegen, NL Soulcrusher Festival @ Doornroosje Festival
Oct 08 Bielefed, DE Forum
Oct 10 Oslo, NO Blitz
Oct 11 Stockholm, SE Klub Undergangen
Oct 13 Helsinki, FI Korjaamo Blowup VOL 3
Oct 14 Tampere, FI Olympia-Kortelli
Oct 16 Copenhagen, DK KB 18
Oct 17 Berlin, DE Lido
Oct 18 Hamburg, DE Markthalle
Oct 19 Leipzig, DE Werk 2
Oct 20 Wroclaw, PL Firley
Oct 21 Prag Checkt, CZ 007
Oct 22 Munich, DE Keep It Doom

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Northwest Terror Fest and Psycho Las Vegas

We are very pleased to announce that we will be performing at Northwest Terror Fest in Seattle, Washington this June. As if that was not exciting enough, we are also performing at Psycho Las Vegas in August. Both posters with full line-ups are below. In other news, we have finished tracking and mixing on our third full length LP, “Portals Into Futility”. It will be our second record with Relapse Records and should be out by Autumn. We also have some very exciting tour plans to announce in the near future for right after the record is released. More info on that soon…

European Tour and Roadburn 2016

We are more than pleased to give a first glimpse of our European tour plans with Australia’s INVERLOCH for two weeks beginning with Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, NL. Usnea will then meet up for an additional week of shows in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe with Dutch doom band Dresden-Leningrad.

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April 14th @ 013 Venue, Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, Netherlands w/ Inverloch, , Full of Hell, Bang, The Body, Behold! the Monolith, Abyssion

April 15th @ Magasin 4, Bruxelles, Belgium w/ Inverloch

April 16th @ Club Papirna, Pilsen, Czech Republic w/ Inverloch

April 17th @ALTE MÄLZEREI, Void Festival, Regensburg, Germany w/ Inverloch

April 18th @ Freakout Club, Bologna, Italy w/ Inverloch

April 19th @ Tetris Club, Trieste, Italy w/ Inverloch

April 20th @ Jubez, Karlsruhe, Germany w/ Inverloch, Full Of Hell and the Body

April 21st @ Void, Bordeaux, France w/ Inverloch

April 22nd @ Sala Silikona, Madrid, Spain w/ Inverloch

April 23rd @ SWR Fest in Barroselas, Portugal w/ Inverloch, Grave, Marduk, etc…

April 24th @ Creedence, Zaragoza, Spain

April 25th @ Scène Michelet, Nantes, France

April 26th @ Mac Daid’s, Le Havre, France

April 27th @ La Zone, Liege, Belgium

April 28th @ The Cave, Amsterdam, Netherlands w/ Dresden-Leningrad

April 29th @ Ungdomshuset, Copenhagen, Denmark w/ Dresden-Leningrad

April 30th@ Fängelset, Gothenburg, Sweden w/ Dresden-Leningrad

May 1st @ Mir Bar, Oslo, Norway w/ Dresden-Leningrad

May 2nd @ TBC, Malmo, Sweden w/ Dresden-Leningrad

May 3rd @ Gerberstrasse Wunderbar, Weimar, Germany w/ Dresden-Leningrad

May 4th @ Sberne Suroviny, Prague, Czech Republic w/ Dresden-Leningrad

May 5th @ Fischladen, Berlin, Germany w/ Dresden-Leningrad

TBC= to be confirmed, Further dates and information will be added here as it is available.

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