'The Darkness of Your Subconscious Has A Name'
New York City’s UNEARTHLY TRANCE has announced a month-long European tour with special guests RAMESSES (ex-ELECTRIC WIZARD). This tour will kick-off in September in Antwerp, Belgium and is being sponsored by Ashdown Engineering and Jagermeister. A listing of UNEARTHLY TRANCE tour dates can be found below with more to be announced shortly.
Immediately following this European tour, UNEARTHLY TRANCE will be entering the studio in October to record the follow-up to their Relapse debut The Trident. The band is also anticipating the release of several vinyl-only releases including a live 7" entitled I am The Cosmos, I am the Wind, the 10” The Axis Is Shifting on Banana Hammock Records, and a split 7” with labelmates MINSK comprised of Roky Erickson covers on Parasitic Records. These limited edition 7”s will feature artwork from UNEARTHLY TRANCE guitarist/vocalist Ryan Lipynsky.
Taking it from the top and what were your musical influences growing up and how many still factor into your music today? [Ryan Lipynsky] - "Growing up I listened to a lot of Metallica, Black Sabbath and Kiss in my middle school years. Got into thrash and Slayer and all that good stuff after that. I’ve always listened to Kiss believe it or not. I love the very early records and all of Aces guitar solos. My answer is I grew up in the 80’s as a young kid and it made a huge impression on me.
About ten years ago I got into black metal and that has made quite an impact on me for my whole musical career. But only very few bands. Such as Darkthrone, Bathory, Burzum and very few others. Early on in Unearthly Trance we listened to nothing but drugged out doom and fucked up music. Bands like Sleep, Grief, Neurosis, Eyehategod. Those years played a big impact. In the 90’s I was totally into hardcore and those strong ideals. I still say f**k the bastards who are in control."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you and was thinking of buying your recent CD 'The Trident,' how would you yourself describe your sound? "Raw, symbolic and vicious. Focusing on what lies in the darkness of the subconscious. As well as a celebration of the free-thinking, volume-overloading, craft of creating a heavy riff. We must scare the current generations parents. It's our duty!"
As you are going into the studio at the end of the year to record your follow-up, what can we expect in the way of any possible musical development since 'The Trident' was recorded? "Well I can tell you for the first time it’s a whole new batch of songs. In the past we’ve always reached back to an old unrecorded song to fill out the record. Not this time. It’s all new creative and focused material. I’d say the doom has returned a bit and there is a progressive element at play in context of our previous foundation. A few longer songs and lots of killer riffs."
And just where does the bands name originate? "To be affixed with unknown forces external to this reality."
How do performing the shows in Europe differ from those performed here in the States? Or, is there even a difference in the crowds, venues, etc.? "I think in Europe the shows are better for us because our first 2 records were released on Rise Above out of the UK. Shows are a bit better and we seem to be more well known in many countries besides the US. This has been the way since the demo days. I like Europe better to experience new culture and new countries. Traveling is a great benefit of the underground musician! America has its ups and down for sure. I’ll leave it at that."
How easy (or hard) is it to constantly create a new, vibrant, wanted-by-the-public sound that both builds on and surpasses the musical wonderment's/accomplishments that p receded it within the industry? "Unearthly Trance is a trio that has been focused and in our own world of music. We [I] strive to create music that takes our craft in new direction. Never staying exactly the same is the key. We will always stay true to our core sound and if the public likes it that’s just great."
Please tell us more about your plan to release several vinyl-only releases, including a live 7" entitled 'I Am The Cosmos,' etc. Why this form of media now, after all this time dormant to the public? "'I am the Cosmos' may never come out first off. We recently released a limited 10” on BHR out of Brooklyn called “The Axis is Shifting”. We are half way done recording a new 10” titled “Eleven are the Voices” for Land O Smiles out of PA. Both records feature old UT songs that were either only on a demo or unreleased."
"I chose this format of media because it sounds great! Metal and heavy stuff sounds great on vinyl. We also are exclusive to Relapse for any cd releases of course. Why? Why not?"
Do you still do all the Unearthly Trance artwork ... and if so, are there ever works you complete that the rest of the band question for one reason or another?! "No I don’t. In the past we have used Nick Sciacca for our releases. Now, I collaborate with Orion from Relapse. For the limited releases lately I have been creating the art work. As for the rest of the band, we seem to be all thinking in the same mindframe. When someone opposes something, we usually all oppose it."
If asked to record one for charity, what '80s (and possibly cheesy!) p o p /rock song would you love to cover today ... and why?! "Phil Collins – “I Don't Care Anymore”."
Lastly, Exclusive Magazine love Penguins ... do you?! "Yes! Dwellers of the Antarctic!"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
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