Unearthly Trance

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Unearthly Trance
Origin Long Island, New York
Genres Sludge metal, doom metal
Years active2000–2012, 2015-present
Labels Rise Above, Southern Lord, Relapse
Associated actsThe Howling Wind, Pollution, Thralldom, Abandoner, Serpentine Path
MembersRyan Lipynsky
Darren Verni
Jay Newman
Past membersJeremy Curles
Pete McCoil
Aiden Rockwell

Unearthly Trance is a sludge metal/doom metal trio from Long Island New York, composed of guitarist-vocalist Ryan Lipynsky, bassist Jay Newman, and drummer Darren Verni. They were formed in 2000 and have released material on leading labels of the genre like Southern Lord, Rise Above Records and Relapse Records to which they are still signed today. They are also considered by critics one of the leading acts in the doom metal scene and shared tours with notable bands such as Sunn O))), Pelican, Electric Wizard, The Melvins and Morbid Angel. Their fifth album, V, was released by Relapse Records on September 27, 2011, [1] and was produced by Sanford Parker, leader of fellow Relapse label mates and post-metal experimentalists Minsk. Ryan Lipynsky also fronts the black metal act The Howling Wind and experimental hardcore unit Pollution. All three members played in Serpentine Path with Tim Bagshaw, formerly of Electric Wizard and Ramesses.

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Unearthly Trance broke up on July 6, 2012. [2] The band announced their reunion in spring 2015. They headed back to the studio and released Stalking The Ghost in 2017, followed by a EU tour with Suma.

Musical style

Although categorised as doom metal, Unearthly Trance's music draws inspiration from other forms of extreme music, such as black metal, death metal, crust punk and drone music. Their songs are usually quite long, past the five-minute mark and build slowly and oppressively with pounding drums and slow, loud and distorted guitars and bass buried under thick layers of feedback. The vocals are usually very harsh under the form of distorted screams, and the lyrics usually deal with themes of the occult. Unearthly Trance also ventures into more experimental sounds from time to time like ambient and noise music, giving their music a more introspective, dark and progressive vibe.

Discography

Studio albums
Extended plays

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References

  1. "Relapse Records newsfeed".
  2. "Unearthly Trance official website".