Long Island and Brooklyn, New York's Unearthly Trance came into existence at the dawn of the new millennium around the talents of vocalist/guitarist Ryan Lipynsky, bassist Jay Newman, and drummer Darren Verni.
Sworn to perpetrate the most corrosive blackened doom/sludge metal dirges imaginable, the heavy-handed trio followed on the heels of bands like Warhorse, Khanate
, and others. A couple of self-financed early releases, Hadit and V.V.V.V., preceded the arrival of their full-length debut, 2003's Season of Séance, Science of Silence. The punishing In the Red arrived the following year, and in 2006 Unearthly Trance inked a deal with Relapse Records
and issued their third studio long-player, The Trident. Arriving in 2008, Electrocution saw them expanding their sound by adding elements of progressive and experimental metal into the mix, and 2010's V catered to both persuasions, delivering the visceral punch of their earlier works while maintaining the more exploratory nature of their recent offerings. In 2012, after years of touring and recording, Unearthly Trance decided to call it quits, but they reconvened in 2015, releasing a double album of early vinyl-only material called Ouroboros. Energized by the process, the band headed back into the studio the following year to lay down tracks for a studio LP. The resulting Stalking the Ghost, released via Relapse
, arrived in 2017. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi