Unearthly Trance are the sort of metal band who seem uniquely suited for the modern scene - even if they have far reaching roots. These New York City sludge metallers have created something utterly majestic, titanic in scale but also very human. Their sixth (!) offering, Stalking The Ghost is an absolute monster. The forward crush and devastating power of the guitar riffs is utterly fascinating and represents a band who can't help but to impress. The tortured magic of Unearthly Trance will capture your imagination and leave you in an unearthly trance of your own.
I've grown to love metals recent tendency for mesmerizing sounds. It means that when you come to a record like this one, that fuels itself with a sound that often feels like a fusion of Yob and Neurosis you can turn on, tune in, and eventually, drop out. The soundscapes here are vast and they give you a lot of opportunities to sit down and really try and dissect all that it represents. Every riff here sounds absolutely colossal. As you find yourself wrapped up in the perpetual forward motion of Stalking The Ghost it becomes almost shocking when you collapse into the beautiful and climactic noise that defines the closing track.
Dipping out and letting this album wash over to you is the exact sort of panacea you need at the end of a long day. This is an album that drives forward with every new song and which leaves you eager to continue uncovering the exciting offerings that lie within. In a world here post metal is starting to push into the genres mainstream Unearthly Trance seem like a proud forefather of a noble tradition and one who will smash your motherfucking face in.
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