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Unearthly Trance : Season of Séance, Science of Silence

The way I see it, Unearthly Trance are the personification of evil, three joyless, mysterious creatures hailing from the dark pits of a nightmarish, Lovecraftian Universe. The bleak, colourless artwork of 'Season of Séance...' is the first guide to an art which is bleak, obscure and disturbing at the same time.

In the grim tradition of deities like Grief, Neurosis and even Darkthrone, the six compositions on this recording succeed in capturing the spirit of ugliness and grimness in musical expression. Take f.i. the impressive 'Mass of the Phoenix', probably one of the slowest (proper) songs ever written. Between each pounding drum beat, between each long-drawn guitar chord and hateful scream, there seems to reside a whole parallel world, a world which could be very well described by the second part of the album title: '...Science of Silence'. It is here where silence reigns that Satan created His filthy realm, a realm of icecold desolation and despondent grimnity as opposed to the popular representation of eternal hellfire and the cries of agony of the damned.

This album seems to be roughly divided into two types of songs which blend effortlessly into one single whole. From one side there are the torturously slow heavy-weights like the aforementioned 'Mass of the Phoenix' and 'The Aftermath was Morbid'. From the other side, one can find hateful, sludgy tracks like 'When Anti-Humanity Flourishes' with its many up-tempo parts. In both types of compositions however, there is an undercurrent of hate, filthiness and darkness which unites the individual songs into one disgustingly heavy mix of the most repulsive excesses that the extreme metal scene has to offer.

Given the nature of the groove-laden, 'Sabbathian riffs which are the foundation of the album's architecture, I expect this work to appeal especially to fans of sludgedoom like Grief and Eyehategod and groovedoom in the vein of Electric Wizard and the Southern Lord bands. However, the evil nature of this work allows me to recommend it to all worshippers of musical darkness and grimness as well.

"Let the abyss be my solitary superior."

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Raised by the Wolves
2. Mass of the Phoenix
3. When Anti-Humanity Flourishes
4. Wandering Winter Winds
5. Black Heart/black Lung
6. The Aftermath was Morbid

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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