Portland doom quartet USNEA will kick off a North American tour this fall. Set to commence September 9th in Boston, Massachusetts and concludes September 21st in Washington D.C, the near two-week run includes two dates with Monolord as well as a performance at Basilica Soundscape. A full list of tour dates is available below.
USNEA continues to tour in support of their Portals Into Futility full-length released via Relapse Records. Inspired by dystopian science-fiction and the painful intersection of today’s crushing reality, Portals Into Futility is five songs and fifty-six 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.
Watch USNEA’s previously released videos for “Pyrrhic Victory,” “Eidolons And The Increate” and more via YouTube HERE.
Portals Into Futility is out now on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical orders and exclusive bundles are currently available via Relapse.com at THIS LOCATION and digital orders are available via all streaming services HERE.
9/09/2018 O’Brien’s – Boston, MA
9/10/2018 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ Monolord
9/11/2018 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Monolord
9/12/2018 Meat Locker – Montclair, NJ
9/14/2018 Basilica Soundscape – Hudson, NY
9/15/2018 Casa de Popolo – Montreal, QC
9/16/2018 Coalition – Toronto, ON
9/17/2018 Spark Art Space – Syracuse, NY
9/18/2018 Northside Tavern – Cincinnati, OH
9/19/2018 Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA
9/20/2018 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/21/2018 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC
“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
“…USNEA has certainly delivered on their latest batch of mammoth death/doom. The wise additions to their sound have made for a more well-rounded sonic attack.” — New Noise
“…a wildly tense and imposing record. Portals Into Futility is 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
“…a very well balanced, thoroughly crafted extreme doom/death record. USNEA manages 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
“…an amazing tribute to an important literary genre and one which seems to grasp the message hidden at its core; the dystopian future is only a mirror and a tool to combat the dystopian present.” — Heavy Blog Is Heavy