Usnea are a band from Portland, Oregon that has been featured before in this zine and plays a blackened mixture of sludge and funeral doom metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Portals Into Futility" which will be released in September by Relapse Records.
Dark yet melodic riffing starts off the album along with some clean singing vocals and chants a few seconds later which also leads to more of a heavier funeral doom metal direction while the vocals bring in aggressive sludge style screams and death metal growls are also used at times.
All of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the solos and leads are done in a very dark yet melodic fashion along with some black metal screams also being utilized at times and clean playing is also added into certain sections of the recording and the music also brings in a great amount of dissonant structures and all of the songs stick to a very slow musical direction.
Usnea creates another recording that remains true to the blackened mixture of sludge and funeral doom metal from previous releases, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dystopian and science fiction themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Usnea and if you are a fan of black, sludge and funeral doom metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lathe Of Heaven" and "A Crown Of Desolation". 8 out of 10.