New York's Unearthly Trance have created a real creepy and doomy ambience on their Relapse Records debut The Trident, a pounding assault that drills into your brain and smashes you into oblivion. Taking influences from bands such as Crowbar, Neurosis, Electric Wizard, High on Fire, and perhaps a little Sun0))), these lads from Long Island and Brooklyn have crafted nine tracks of pure crushing doom, heavy on massive guitar riffs and angst ridden vocals, light on subtlety.
There's no shortage of riff-o-rama here, and thankfully it's not all of the slow dirgey type, as you get speedy hardcore type metal on "You Get What You Want" to the more Kyuss/Crowbar type slower Sabbathian numbers like "Permanent Ice" or the absolutely bruising "The Air Exits, The Sea Accepts Me", complete with garbled death metal vocals and wonderfully doomy guitar passages. Considering this band is a trio, they get a pretty huge wall of sound going-just check out the eerie death march sounds of the atmospheric "Scarlet", or the ragged haze of the depressing "Firebrand". For some truly frightening sounds, check out the warped "Where the Unbelievable is Ordinary", a real feast of noise that will instantly appeal to fans of Sun0))).
Unearthly Trance may not languish on the underground scene for long once word of mouth starts to spread of the decrepid grooves that lie within The Trident. Solid doom is always a welcome listen in my book, and Unearthly Trance delivers the goods.
1. Permanent Ice
3. You get what you Want
4. The Air Exits, The Sea Accepts Me
6. Wake up and smell the Corpses
8. In Self,Infinite
9. Where the Unbelievable is Ordinary