UNEARTH is a well-known band for amateurs of pure metalcore, the American band being headliner at the most important festivals. The group was founded in the USA in 1998 by Trevor Phipps, Buz McGrath, Mike Rudberg and Chris Rybicki, Ken Susi joining soon afterwards. The name of the band was given by drummer Mike Rudberg and refers to the mission of the project, to “un-earth” new sounds and approaches to the international hardcore and metal scene.
Having an active mix of the two genres, the band soon launched its first EP, entitled “Above the Fall of Man” (1999), followed by the debut album “The Stings of Conscience” (2001) and received very good reviews from fans of both genres. In 2002 came “Endless” (2002), the second EP, and just two years afterwards, the band brought a new material, entitled “The Oncoming Storm,” and also starting to tour and play with names like Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Lamb of God, Slipknot, Gwar or All That Remains.
In 2006, “Ups in the Eyes of Fire,” came out followed by new festivals (Ozzfest – USA, Loud Park Festival – Japan or Download Festival) and new touring alongside the heavy names of the international scene, such as Slayer, Dimmu Borgir, DevilDriver or Kataklysm.
2008 brings Unearth to No. 13 on the Billboard Top Music Video Chart and significant sales of a new material: the DVD “Alive from the Apocalypse,” followed in the same year by album number four. “The March,” this material was greatly received by profile critics and fans, which translated into more than 100,000 sales worldwide and new tours alongside The Acacia Strain, Whitechapel, Protest the Hero, Parkway Drive , Architects, Despised Icon, Carnifex, Lamb of God or Five Finger Death Punch. The band continued to strengthen their position on the international market with “Darkness in the Light” (2011) and “Watchers of Rule” (2014), a period followed by four years of silence.
This year, Unearth released his seventh album, “Extinction (s),” produced by a strong team: the material is written in collaboration with Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz (LGND and ex-The Acacia Strain) with guitarist Fit For An Autopsy and Adam Dutkiewicz on drums (Killswitch Engage), produced by Will Putney (Gojira, Every Time I Die).
About “Extinction (s),” Trevor Phipps says the songs on this album (such as “Incinerate”) bring back the aggressive sound and intense force of the band’s first material, combined with the musical refinement of the band throughout the career . Various themes, some with a social and political tinge, “Incinerated”, for example, are discussed at the level of the lyrics, talking about the importance of unity in a world that constantly incites to hatred and division, since we are constantly told to hate someone for the mere fact that he is different from us or because he has other visions.