Unearthly Trance to cause tectonic plate movement at Roadburn 2017

Thank you, guys. Seriously. Ryan Lipynsky, Jay Newman and Darren Verni, you’re the best for bringing Unearthly Trance back to activity last year, because it would have been an eternal source of sorrow and regret for Roadburn that those devastating, haunting, dirging pieces of musical filth were never poured on our festival like burning lava on top of willing sacrifice victims (and that’s a reference to the first line of In The Red, fellow UT fans!).

Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, Unearthly Trance will play Roadburn 2017 – if you’re having a great day, if the sun happens to be shining in Tilburg, if you’ve just seen a flowery psych band bopping along while you nodded your head in contentment, if you’ve just come back from a delightful lunch on Heuvelstraat, you can now go and ruin your mood, your day, and everything you have ever loved or enjoyed in the company of these guys.

Because seriously, have you paid attention to their records? There is some nasty, nasty shit there. The first line of God Is A Beast, another one of their most well-known songs, has Ryan proclaiming bitterly “there are no winners this year” in his spiteful, gargly snarl, and frankly, there don’t seem to be any winners on any Unearthly Trance song, ever. They combine the nihilism and confrontational approach of real sludge, both in lyrics and in actual musical delivery, with the unbearable heaviness of proper metallic doom, and the result is always a monumental earthquake inside your head that will leave your ears ringing well into next week.

Ryan has, of course, lent his talents to many other frightful bands, like the equally reactivated Thralldom, the odious The Howling Wind, the supergroup of sorts that is Serpentine Path or the recent droning horror of Hollow Senses, but Unearthly Trance still seems to be where the squalid ooze of misery runs the thickest, and we’re delighted to finally be subjected to it at Roadburn.

Unearthly Trance will be sucking all the fun out of Thursday, April 20, at the 013 venue during Roadburn 2017 in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Roadburn Festival 2017 will take place April 20-23 at the 013 venue, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Tickets are now on sale!

José Carlos Santos, November 2016

Date: April 20

Time: 17:40

Stage: Green Room