Unearthly Trance
The Trident


4.5
superb

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
March 8th, 2010 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Crusty.

Somewhere in a filth ridden back alley, a drug addict looks to get his fix from a syringe that he found covered in blood at the bottom of a dumpster. Brooklyn, New York’s Unearthly Trance seem to have seen it all; the decay and shambles of major urban centre living coupled with the ongoing struggles of everyday life filled with drug dealers, prostitutes and low lifes. Sound familiar? If you think this is Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece 'Taxi Driver' that I’m describing, you’re undoubtedly not too far off. In all actuality, Unearthly Trance’s The Trident could very well be the perfect soundtrack to this and any movie that depicts such grisly images of humanity gone oh-so-very-***ing-wrong. The Trident is a boot to the head that just keeps on kicking.

What’s wonderful about having a slightly darker sense of reality is that it can bring out some of best performances from any musician. Throughout the listening experience of The Trident, you can definitely hear the bands urban surroundings rubbing off on them, clustering into a filth-ridden, crusty buttcrack that takes all the best parts of sludge, doom, hardcore, and punk and combines them into a seething ball of hatred and despair. The execution of these aforementioned styles is also worth noting as the band has a good handle on playing with dynamics, taking the listener on a whirlwind tour of their dirty city. Coating this filth is a peculiar attention to melody that feels almost translucent in its effect, allowing the listener to be taken in by its eerie comfort but not allowing them to flee the crime scene. To top off this alleyway high in style, a subtle attention to noise metal is thrown into the mix for good measure.

“Permanent Ice” gets things off to one of these more melodious starts, but suddenly changes gears and fills the listeners ears with high-energy crust punk and could be equated to having your face smashed in with the butt of a gun. This is prime example of what the band does best and can be felt through other ass-whooping numbers such as “You Get What You Want”, “Wake Up And Smell The Corpses” and “Inself/Infinite”. When the band decides to throw a wrench into the gears, earlier period albums such as Season Of Séance, Science Of Silence become nostalgic and are used without sounding like past rehash. “Scarlet” is a muddled doom epic that focuses more on the slow crush rather than the mid-tempo slug-fests that make up a majority of the album. Needless to say, these particular doom cuts only go to show you how Unearthly Trance can move entire continents on different levels of display.

Frontman and guitarist Ryan Lipynsky should be hailed as one of doom metals hero’s. Not only are his riffs the ultimate salute to everything great about doom in the 21st century, he has some of the best gurgling vocals this side of metal and the lyrical know-how to complete the bands ultimately depressive outlook. Not only are his lyrics inspired by his surroundings, but his bleak notes are rather interesting to read as well. An example from the song “Permanent Ice” is provided below:

Truth is cancer that I need/ Conspiracy is the Seed/ Hail falls violently (finally)/ Permanent ice speaks volumes/ But first the meltdown must come/ Followed by the sacrificial slaughter/ Depraved in a dead century

Ultimately, by the time The Trident finishes off with the catastrophically, noisy tune “Where The Unbelievable Is Ordinary”, your ears will be bleeding and rightly so because this album is a wallop to the head and then some. The combination of real-life atmosphere and the heavy musical roots that New York City was producing during the 80s and 90s are simply perfected here and have also allowed the band over the years to expand upon their primal doom beginnings. Have you ever witnessed someone getting their head beaten in with a crowbar? The Trident is as close to this as you can possibly get without breaking the law.



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Wizard
March 8th 2010


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can't believe these guys have not been exposed on this site yet. You kids have no idea what the fuck you're missing. Where the hell is Balls when I need him, he will straighten all you little bastards out.

Seriously though, album rules so hard!

Digging: Khonsu - Traveller

Ponton
Emeritus
March 8th 2010


5793 Comments


He's around here somewhere.

The Wizard works his magic yet again. Nice, Karl!

Wizard
March 8th 2010


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I try but the whole point of this review is to expose this band more. I like my metal crusty, getting a bit tired of polished.

bloozclooz
March 8th 2010


1770 Comments


the summary is classic, here's an edit

and low life’s.

Wizard
March 8th 2010


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't get the edit. Low-life's?

BallsToTheWall
March 8th 2010


44333 Comments


Luv u Karl.......

On another note, great review and band. Ryan has an abso-fuckin-lutely killer side project on Profound Lore called The Howling Wind. From their new song, it sounds goddamn good, I recc you check them out although im not sure if their album leaked yet.

Digging: Pharmakon - Abandon

Wizard
March 8th 2010


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Balls

I've heard a song from them (huge fan of anything that comes from Profound Lore Records). Have you heard this? I know you love this band judging from your soundoff for Electrocution. Might review that next.

BallsToTheWall
March 8th 2010


44333 Comments


First thing I heard from the band,a few years ago.

U.T has a split with Minsk I still need to hear.

Wizard
March 8th 2010


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

SOOOOOOOOOOO DAMNNNNNNN GOOD TOO. This band is untouchable tbqh. Even their first album Season Of Séance, Science Of Silence is first rate doom metal.

To anyone interested, the band plans on reissuing all of their old albums and they're recording their new album with Sandford Parker (who is also part of Minsk).

Relinquished
March 8th 2010


25040 Comments


He was pointing out something you should edit Wiz.

I gotta relisten to this band. I forgot what I thought about them. But if Minsk is involved then I'll check this out.

Wizard
March 8th 2010


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

He was pointing out something you should edit Wiz.

I obviously get that but what am I supposed to edit in that line?

But if Minsk is involved then I'll check this out.

The main guy for Minsk produced this band. I should also note that Scott Hull mixed it as well. I mean, can we all say WIN WIN WIN?

Relinquished
March 8th 2010


25040 Comments


Fucking win. Just take out the apostrophe, duh.

Wizard
March 8th 2010


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

OH HAHAHAHAHAHAHA DUHHHHHHHH

BallsToTheWall
March 8th 2010


44333 Comments


Eating a home grown chocolate covered strawberry as I listen to Permanent Ice in the semi nude. Good times.

Wizard
March 8th 2010


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So hot and gay! Such a weird contrast too considering you're listening to this dirty piece of shit!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2010


16388 Comments


crusty

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

Relinquished
March 8th 2010


25040 Comments


like my butt

Dryden
March 8th 2010


12928 Comments


mmm

Wizard
March 8th 2010


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wanna taste?

combustion07
March 8th 2010


5352 Comments


Awesome review, this sounds amazing. Getting now



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