It’s not a very hard thing in the world of metal music today to combine different styles. We all know several bands that have done such, and there’s not about to be any shortage. Coming out of the ever reputable Big Apple, Unearthly Trance has taken the more explored routed of stoner doom. To call this group a simple cookie cutter would be a gross understatement and a clear ignorance of what talent lies within this band.
The combination of stoner and doom metal has always resulted in one thing if nothing else: power! It’s always pumped out magnificently monolithic albums and has been constantly churning out bands that to this day impress us every single time. Imagine the boiling concoction that can be made after years of listening to classics like Neurosis and then hearing more fresh acts like YOB and Inter Arma. Unearthly Trance has been around since the turn of the century, but the band has clearly taken influence from so many different places, and that has led to the monumental record that is “Stalking the Ghost”. If I were to say that this album was a meaty chunk of metal that absolutely smacked your face and then ground your being into dust, I’d be scratching the surface of what Unearthly Trance has done with their upcoming record. The eight tracks we’re given here are all representations of what it means to be heavy as fuck band that holds nothing back, truly going for the throat, and leaves you a bloody mess on the ground. Every song does that, but the last (so I lied, oh well) which does a fantastic job at bringing a calm sensation that holds a brilliant contrast to the rest of “Stalking the Ghost”, and the last song alone makes all of the record diverse enough to keep the listener satisfied. I’ve found that – diversity – to be essential in any record, and Unearthly Trance clearly understands that. This album has got so much going for it, and in the end, it makes Unearthly Trance an early band to show their stuff this year that has the potential to take the scene by storm. And it’s not hard to see why.
As a whole, “Stalking the Ghost” is a massive fucking album that can’t be taken lightly. Otherwise, you’ll be met with a wall of pure power that can and fucking will destroy every fiber of your being. “Stalking the Ghost” is a bit of a far cry from perfection in my eyes, but holy shit! Unearthly Trance still managed to hit the ball out of the fucking dimension itself, and the final result is something the likes of which many metalheads will flock towards and revere for years to come.
“Stalking the Ghost” releases on February 24th via Relapse Records!
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