UNEARTH [Metalcore] [USA]
Being active more than two decades, UNEARTH became a point of reference for metalcore enthusiasts. The group was founded in 1998 by Trevor Phipps, Buz McGrath, Mike Rudberg and Chris Rybicki, Ken Susi (joining afterward), and was the result of the new wave of heavy metal. Successfully combining the virulent sound of the Pantera with the melodic complexity of the new Swedish death metal wave, the pure force and alert rhythms of traditional metal and the harshness of the 1990’s noisecore and metalcore.
The band’s name was given by drummer Mike Rudberg and refers to the project’s mission to “unveil” / “bring to light” (un-earth) new sounds and approaches for the international hardcore and metal scene. And how the project has evolved over time shows that they have fully complied with this mission, successfully passing the test of time and becoming true representatives of the new wave of American heavy metal, alongside bands such as Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall or All That Remains.
With a style characterized by the combination of the two genres, the band launched shortly after its birth the first EP which was entitled “Above the Fall of Man” (1999), followed by the debut album, “The Stings of Conscience” (2001) which was very well received by critics and fans of both genres. In 2002 “Endless” (2002) came into light, the second EP and just two years after the group brought a new material entitled “The Oncoming Storm” also starting to tour and tour with bands like Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Lamb of God, Slipknot, Gwar or All That Remains.
2006 came up with another material for the already rising career of Unearth: “In the Eyes of Fire” followed by festival acts (Ozzfest – USA, Loud Park Festival – Japan or Download Festival) and US tours alongside heavy international such as Slayer, Dimmu Borgir, DevilDriver or Kataklysm.
2008 brings Unearth to the 13th position in 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 the number four album Entitled “The March” highly positively received by critics and fans alike, with over 100,000 copies sold worldwide and new tours with 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 its position on the international market with “Darkness in the Light” (2011) and “Watchers of Rule” (2014) followed by four years of silence.
Last year, Unearth released its seventh album, “Extinction(s)”, produced with help from a powerful team: the album is written in collaboration with Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz (LGND and former The Acacia Strain), recorded with guitarist from Fit For An Autopsy and Adam Dutkiewicz at drums (Killswitch Engage), being produced by Will Putney (Gojira, Every Time I Die).
About “Extinction (s)”, vocalist Trevor Phipps states that the tracks on this album (like “Incinerate”) bring back the aggressive sound and intense force of the band’s first materials, combined with the musical refinement obtained by the band throughout the career. The lyrics approach various topics, some with social and political tone. “Incinerated”, for example, is talking about the importance of unity in a world that constantly incites hatred and division, since we are constantly told to hate someone for the simple fact that he is different from us or because he has other visions.
UNEARTH – Incinerate (OFFICIAL VIDEO):