Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Unearth - The Oncoming Storm

The Oncoming Storm
Metal Blade

This is my favorite Unearth album, performed by my favorite Unearth line-up. The core of the band has always been guitarists Ken Susi and Buzz McGrath and vocalist Trevor Phillips. Similar to the core members of the Black Dahlia Murder, the above-mentioned guys pretty much are Unearth but The Oncoming Storm features the amazing drumming of Mike Justain. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, Justain was in The Red Chord prior to Unearth and later joined Trap Them. Between those three bands, Justain has played on three of what I consider to be this decade’s best albums, but we'll hear more about that later this year.

For all the industry accolades and mainstream success Unearth has found this decade, that’s not what impresses me about them. First, they made one of this decade’s best albums, as mentioned earlier. Second, the rest of the Unearth discography is nothing to sneeze at. Finally, Unearth is clearly the most influential band of what’s known as the New Wave of American Metal. Unearth set the standard for this decade’s metalcore and they’re a huge inspiration to the deathcore bands. In short, Unearth is a band whose legacy will stand the test of time.


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