Playlist: Ryan Lipynsky

Ryan Lipynsky is the guitarist and vocalist for Unearthly Trance. In addition to Unearthly Trance, he contributes guitar, bass, and vocals to The Howling Wind, and is involved in a number of noise/experimental projects which include RL:ZZ, MKRL, and Abandoner. Previously, he was a member of Pollution, Villains and Thralldom. For more information, visit and

Kiss – The Originals
Found this classic vinyl release last week at the local Brooklyn Flea Market. Basically “The Originals” is the first three Kiss albums released in one package. Early Kiss represents my youth and it never grows stale to revisit these songs. “S/T”, “Hotter Than Hell” and “Dressed to Kill” are essential rock n roll records. More and more these days I find myself going back to records that I loved when I was a young kid.

Oranssi Pazuzu – Myƶhempien Aikojen
Some people know that I have had a past in Black Metal but truth be told in 2011 I don’t really listen to much BM anymore. It’s a stale genre and little interests me. But this band! Fucking amazing! A friend of mine tipped me off and I ordered the 2xLP because I loved what I heard of the samples. Weird psychedelic Black Metal from Finland. Some bands have claimed this title in the past, but to me, this band is the first that has done it properly and so creatively. It sounds like 90’s BM prototype ingesting way too many Magic Mushrooms while holding hands with Mary Jane going down some sort of expressive artistic dreamlike path. Ha Ha

Eyehategod – “In the Name of Suffering”, “Takes As Needed For Pain” and “Dopesick” re-released on 2xLP on Emetic Records.
Often imitated but never equaled and one of my favorites bands ever: EHG! No question. These first three albums are quintessential sludge-doom-core-whatever-the-fuck-you-want-to-call-it. EHG has this amazing ability to mix torture, good songwriting and the blues all in one great mess. Joey is one of the most underrated drummers in the genre if you ask me. The sweet sound of Jimmy and Brian’s feedback/riffs literally makes me smile. Mike's vomit poetry still holds venomous and ever potent. Oh and they play to 11 and seem to finally have a steady bassist with Gary. Ive seen people question when they will put out a new record and not just re-releases, but I think these guys are probably JUST NOW seeing some $ for all the years they’ve been doing it. I don’t think their previous label treated them kindly. They deserve everything they get! They will be seen as pioneers in the future for this kind of heavy music. Mark my words.

Kiss It Goodbye – She Loves Me…She Loves Me Not
Deadguy – Fixation on a Coworker
This is a groundbreaking record that I haven’t listened to in quite some time. Not only does it hold up after all this time, but is intensity blew me away all over again. Tim Singer and Keith Huckins are two great contributors to the 90's underground scene. I would put this band in the same category as Deadguy and if you don’t know about them you should check out the “Fixation on a Coworker” album if you dig heavy chaotic shit.

Rudimentary Peni – No More Pain
No frills dark gruff punk that I can put on repeat several times in a row. The down-picking bare bones approach is very infectious for me. Not sure if people think of this album when they think of Peni, but I think its killer and has an almost trance like quality to it.

Judge – Bringin it Down/ New York Crew
Judge perfected the Metallic[a] xNYHCx sound. This album is a total banger. Definitely some of the best written and well performed hardcore SONGS from their era. Judge was actually a very musical band that leaned more towards metal in their sound and hardcore in the words and attitude. The New York crew 7” was way more raw and had the amazing song “Fed Up!” on it. Perhaps one of the most pissed song ever! “Fed the Fuck UP!”

Haha To quote someone on youtube:
“Now every time I crack open a beer or smoke a bowl, I'm gonna think about Mike Judge conin' after me with the construction gloves! User: justdoitasshole

AC/DC – Let There Be Rock
This is another score from going through vinyl bins at the Flea market. I will simply say this Rock N Roll at its best.

Warpaint – Undertow
I love these girls. This album blew me away with its creativity, individualism and overall mature approach. When I saw them live I was hooked. I was originally unsure as they are very hyped band at the moment, but its fully deserved and their “The Fool” 2xLP has had many spins on the turntable this year. I really hope to be able to smoke some weed with these ladies one day! It’s a goal. haha

The Mars Volta – Frances the Mute
This band is very controversial, yes I know some people hate them. And I can honestly understand why, but for me they are a fantastic modern progressive band. This album is their masterpiece. The song Cassandra Gemini” is my favorite song of theirs. Its amazing that they can have an almost half an hour long song that keeps my interest and gets repeated listens over the years. This is a go to track taking a trip on the subway.

And here is a list of some other notable releases [with reference links] that I have been enjoying:

Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry
Unleashed – Where No Life Dwells
Venom – Radio One Sessions
Slayer Haunting The Chapel
Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica
Led Zeppelin – Presence
Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride
Black Flag – Slip It In
Slang – Life Made Me Hardcore
Heart – Little Queen
Column of Heaven – Demo
Rorschach Remain Sedate / Protestant
German Oak – Nibelungenlied
GG Allin and The Jabbers – Banned In Boston
Nader Sadek – In The Flesh
Sick Of It All – Blood Sweat and No Tears

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