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Usnea recently unveiled the full details of their second full-length LP (and Relapse Records debut), Random Cosmic Violence, a four-song sonic masterpiece that was recorded and mixed by Jared “Fester” See at Haywire Studios (Stoneburner, Rabbits, Drunk Dad) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity). Recently we chatted with guitarist and vocalist Justin Cory who helped us to better understand how the band got their sludge-laden funeral doom sound on this new recording!

The Bay Area, San Francisco, California two man noise machine known as Black Cobra released their Southern Lord Recordings offering, Invernal, on October 11, 2011. The 8-song offering is loaded with the band’s signature brand of doom and sludge metal, metal that seems impossibly thick and loud to be coming from just two men. Black Cobra have their tricks though, as many bands do, so we asked vocalist and guitarist, Jason Landrian, about the secret to his sound found on the recent Kurt Ballou-produced (God City Studio) album.