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Stream Unearthly Trance V (Stereogum Premiere)

They’re incredibly loud, have real presence, but somehow NYC’s Unearthly Trance manage to float beneath radars. The longtime sludgy, blackened doom power trio’s back with their appropriately titled fifth album V. It follows 2008’s Electrocution (and pairs well with 2006’s Trident). As with most things vocalist/guitarist Ryan Lipynsky touches (see Pollution, Villains, and especially USBM acts the Howling Wind and precursor Thralldom), there’s a strong intellectual, occult strain, a heavy sense of End Times running through it. It’s ballsy, punk, urban, hallucinatory, and exploratory — while maintaining a grounded no-bullshit precision. Take a listen while you research the song titles and admire Glyn Scrawled’s Thelemic/Ancient Egyptian/Sumerian/alchemical-inspired cover art.

Unearthly Trance – “Unveiled”
Unearthly Trance – “The Horsemen Arrive In The Night”
Unearthly Trance – “Solar Eye”
Unearthly Trance – “Adversaries Mask 1 “
Unearthly Trance – “Adversaries Mask 2 “
Unearthly Trance – “The Tesla Effect”
Unearthly Trance – “Sleeping While They Feast”
Unearthly Trance – “Submerged Metropolis”
Unearthly Trance – “Current”
Unearthly Trance – “Physical Universe Distorts”
Unearthly Trance – “Into A Chasm”
Unearthly Trance – “The Leveling”
Unearthly Trance – “Untitled”

V is out 9/28 via Relapse.