Having just signed to Relapse Records, it’s doubtful that Portland dark-metal wunderkinds Usnea will stay a secret for very much longer. Regardless, the punishing quartet’s penchant for funereal blackness and methodically slow doom dirges is a testament that the rumors of metal’s death have been largely fabricated. Usnea’s self-titled 2013 debut on Orca Wolf Records is four slow-building opuses of the heavy that when heard just right have the power to flatten entire square blocks-RJP

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