They aren't breaking up actually. As a matter of fact, they're working on a new album. And to make things even better they're about to put out a 7" with Tim Bagshaw.
From their facebook : First and foremost, this is a band of 3 friends. We will remain that way. I think for now UT will sleep, but that doesn't mean we wont create music with each other in one way or another again. I'm kind of amazed how everyone NEEDS to know 1...00% if we are done or not? If you are a fan of the band, this message is to let you know we wont say anything like "UT is done forever" or " Please file under disbanded" - that aint our style. Other news : http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2011/03/unearthly_tranc_4.html
At least they made 5 records over 10 years while most of the best bands disappear after 1 or trundle on for eternity after having run out of ideas after their first demo. They were still at the top of their game though, it sucks, V is the archetypal slow ass record. are some of them still playing with Gorior Belli?
By "cosmic powers" do you mean "weed" or something? xP You assume right. The great thing about this band is the unique feeling brought to every single album, i.e., the albums sound so different and at the same time so familiar. Thats hard to do and impressive.
i still can't listen V all the way through because of some cosmic powers. but everytime i play some tracks from it it feels really good and special. yet it doesn't remind me of Season of Seance UT which i listened to the most)
I understand, Permanent Ice is one of their best songs, also one of my favourites, to be honest The Trident seems to be UT most experimental album up to date. But, at the same time, V has songs as Adversaries Mask 1 that sound quite eerie (and remotely reminiscent of A fine Day to Die from Bathory). I never saw this band as primarily sludge, because their founding musical ground comes from both black metal and doom metal, so: it's my cup of tea.
I don't mind slower parts, and I don't mind screams in my music. It's just that many sludge bands use them a lot already. What I liked about the two albums before V (The Trident in particular, which got me into this band and sludge in general) were the faster parts and the more shrieky vocals. There was a healthy dose of variation, especially hearable in songs like Permanent Ice. New album isn't bad at all, just not completely my cup of tea.
Eternaldawn, i really don't understand what you dislike after all. Is it the slower parts or the screamed parts what is it? 'Cuz that's UT trademark, so i don't get it. Did you concluded that after one listen? Also, what bands, on this planet, besides, maybe, Tom G. Warrior's [artist]triptykon[/artist] sound like UT? I don't know any band that sounds like UT, perhaps, in a completely different way, [artist]culted[/artist] but that's it.
So sorry eternaldawn that they didn't do what you wanted them to do, it's called experimenting, so they went back to their roots. Tough titties. & there's plenty of nasty BM vocals on here. a "few more chances" eh well bully for you.
In all honesty the more upbeat/d-beat parts and the black metal vocals here and there were what set UT apart for me from other sludge bands. The new album is far from bad, but just not what I want from them. :( There are more then enough sludge/doom bands that make music in this style. Will give it a few more chances though.