The Skinny: Usnea has unveiled the full details of their awaited second full-length LP, which now comes as their debut for Relapse Records, a four-song sonic masterpiece, entitled Random Cosmic Violence. Blending the sounds of the doom forefathers like Disembowelment and My Dying Bride with the gritty sludge of High On Fire, Usnea has created a classic of the new millennium. Recorded and mixed by Jared “Fester” See at Haywire Studios (Stoneburner, Rabbits, Drunk Dad) who supplies additional guitars to the title track, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity), the artwork and design was handled by Justin Cory and Orion Landau.
Pulsating with tribal intensity, Random Cosmic Violence is one of those rare records which elevates itself above the boundaries that its genre typically self-imposes. Yes, this is a mighty heavy piece of sludge-laden funeral doom, but the musicality and songcraft exhibited throughout the entirety of Random Cosmic Violence immediately place Usnea not just at the forefront of the blossoming American doom scene, but at the tops of heavy music altogether.