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Monday, November 10, 2008

Unearthly Trance

So I recently acquired the album Seasons of Seance, Science of Silence by Unearthly Trance, and I was taken aback. I'm usually not too big on Doom metal that draws influence from death metal (I like them both separately, but mixing them just spells disaster), but Unearthly Trance was very pleasant.

Although categorized as doom metal, Unearthly Trance's music draws inspiration from other forms of extreme music as well like black metal, death metal, crust punk and drone music. Their song 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 painful, distorted screams, and the lyrics usually deal with themes of hate, death and 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.

Seasons of Seance, Science of Silence

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