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Unearth: The Oncoming StormThe Oncoming Storm (2004)
Metal Blade Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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It probably would be easy to expect a bit of drop off for Unearth, one of the many fine Boston metal/hardcore bands. The band's 2001 full-length The Stings of Conscience was one of the better releases in the genre, well...ever. A stint on the Headbanger's Ball Tour and a new label (from Eulogy to Me.
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It probably would be easy to expect a bit of drop off for Unearth, one of the many fine Boston metal/hardcore bands. The band's 2001 full-length The Stings of Conscience was one of the better releases in the genre, well...ever. A stint on the Headbanger's Ball Tour and a new label (from Eulogy to Metal Blade) could signal some changes for the band. Maybe a little in this case, but with The Oncoming Storm, the band has somehow vaulted themselves to a higher level.

The album kicks off with "The Great Dividers," showing exactly what this band is about...fast, devistating guitar work and solid drumming with plenty of double kicks. The Stings of Conscience featured mostly Trevor Phipps' growling vocals with the occassional spoken interlude, but The Oncoming Storm gives guitarist Ken Susi an opportunity to provide some great singing vocals on "Endless" and "Lie to Purify." The addition of "Endless" was a great choice, as it was only available on a 2002 4-song EP, and is a stand-out track with one of the most blistering breakdowns in recent memory soon after Susi's singing. The band threw in a curveball with track 9, "Aries," which features some piano and is proof the band has a knack for not only writing kick-ass metal tunes, but a good ear for the dramatic.

The production is strong, as the band figured to not mess with a good thing, bringing Adam from Killswitch Engage to produce (he did so on Stings of Conscience). The lyrics are mostly political in nature, such as "Black Hearts Now Reign" where Phipps says "Take/Rob this world of resource/Burn the oil for fortune/stealing from our savior/In quest of power/Sealed, our fate is catastrophic."

With The Oncoming Storm, Unearth proves there is still plenty of life in a diluted genre, and proof that metal/hardcore can put out some well-written, musically strong and fucking kick-ass records.

 

 
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zmrockon (October 7, 2006)

if you like the cd get a real taste of this band at one of their shows. best show ive been to yet.

TIGHT (May 7, 2006)

this is such a cool album. the metal gods smile on Unearth

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

i liked the older version of Endless better. the china is louder and more dramatic in the earlier version, and on Oncoming Storm you barely notice it :(

i love this cd. i listen to it CONSTANTLY. very rarely does any hardcore ever effect me like Unearth did.

still don't like the name though lol. sound nu-metal.

Anonymous (December 31, 2005)

Umm, this guy directly below me is a douchebag. Unearth shreds ass. Atreyu is a glam band. End of discussion.

Anonymous (December 8, 2005)

There is no point in arguing Atreyu and Unearth
in the end
they are both the same
mindless
talentless
pathetic
cunts
theyre music is horrible
and their fans
are just as bad(thats where you dipshits come in)

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

There is no fucking way you can put atreyu in the same category as unearth. This album is hard as fuck and beats the shit out of any bullshit atreyu puts out.

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

There is no fucking way you can put atreyu in the same category as unearth. This album is hard as fuck and beats the shit out of any bullshit atreyu puts out.

Anonymous (March 29, 2005)

well the album was great just like the killswitch album and my favorite lamb of god' s Ashes of the Wake.

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

The new Atreyu cd is fucking horrible. Unearth fucking owns them and it's a real shame that those faggots are outheadlining not only Unearth this March, but fucking Norma Jean. That is ridiculous. I hope those little 12 year old girls in Atreyu shirts get a motherfucking spin kick to the back of the head.

Anonymous (November 5, 2004)

This is quite an album.

-Zak

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

atreyu is not on the same catagory as unearth you fuck
metalcore does not suck you suck
if you dont like it why are you posting on her you like you know something about it

this album isnt as hard as thier last one but has better riffs
and thier breakdowns are chunky as fuck

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

anyone out there thinking that this band isnt the shit......Take the dicks out of your ears and listin again....UNEARTH has truely unearthed with this new cd...BREAKDOWN!

Anonymous (October 10, 2004)

Best Breakdowns I've ever heard. Pure Genious. I don't care if you like country, your going to bang your head off the end of track 1 & 3, end of track 8 and all of track 11. My Heart bleeds no Longer on the first album is still the best song i've ever heard. Pure Metal!!!

Anonymous (October 6, 2004)

good stuff

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

you definantly need to listen to unearth, theyre fucking amazing. metalcore will never die when theyre around!

soulbleed (July 9, 2004)

This score is for punknews.org for putting up this way shittier review than the one i sent in for this cd. I went through every song on the album, etc, and they put this vague piece of nonsense on instead? BLAH. Anyways, Unearth owns you.

uhhh yea. wtf. song by songs are gay.

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

I love it.

FortyMinutesWest (July 7, 2004)

"If You Like PTW and Atreyu You will defintively like this band"

Why? Those bands sound nothing like Unearth.

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

If You Like PTW and Atreyu You will defintively like this band

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

"whoever says killswitch sucks probably sucks tons of dick. Are you pathetic fags threatened your bands are being taken away by homosexual goth hot topic shoppers? Get an open mind and quit crying what sucks."

There is a lot of irony in that statement

maverick (July 6, 2004)

Song by song reviews are lame, and I, as the reviews editor, am trying to stop running them on here. Sorry, dude.

-Scott

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

whoever says killswitch sucks probably sucks tons of dick. Are you pathetic fags threatened your bands are being taken away by homosexual goth hot topic shoppers? Get an open mind and quit crying what sucks.

FortyMinutesWest (July 5, 2004)

The only metalcore band you need to listen to.

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

Agreed. Who gives a fuck if your review wasn't on here? Not like it is some awful review and is going to make kids NOT want to buy it. Most of the other posters agree that it is a good record. Let it go

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

Hey! To the guy a little below with the half star who hated the review...sorry to upset you so much man. It was my first review on here, and I just wanted to throw in my two cents. If it would beef up your little deflated ego, fucking make the people here put up yours. Maybe you can put it on your resume or something. Settle the fuck down. 99 percent of people don't bother to take the time to review the CD, so I just wanted to explain why I loved it. Song-by-song reviews are fucking lame anyway. Just quit fucking bitching about goddamn everything. With little whining bitches like you, it just isn't fun anymore. I am done doing this shit. It ain't worth my time. BOO HOO

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

this cd is great, but Atreyu fucking owns. thanks.

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

This score is for punknews.org for putting up this way shittier review than the one i sent in for this cd. I went through every song on the album, etc, and they put this vague piece of nonsense on instead? BLAH. Anyways, Unearth owns you.

greenwolfman (July 5, 2004)

There are a lot of bands out now saturating the market with half-ass hardcore/metal thats more influenced by emo than Agnostic Front. Unearth is definitely an exception, these boys have done a great job of mixing thrash with hardcore. All their albums including this one remind me why I love metal. Highly recomend this band to anyone who loves old thrash and NYHC.

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

ok let me get some things off my chest

1) do not....DO NOT put BTBAM in the same category as Killswitch
2) Killswitch Engage fucking blows. fuck that band.
3) this cd tops the new Atreyu by FAR.
4) everyone on here sucks at telling people whos talented or not.
5) unearth will always rule

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

As good as killswitch engage album

aubin (July 5, 2004)

Replace the vaguely hardcore sounding singer with a European screamer and morbid lyrics and this would be straight up metal. That's not a bad thing, but this thing is like the second coming of Master of Puppets.

It's a great metal record for hardcore kids though.

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

"Whoever says metalcore or hardcore or metal sucks... FUCK YOU!"

WOW! Sorry! That intelligent remark made me question why I even disliked this shit! I'll go put on Madball now!

-BSD

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

"actually,most tough guy hardcore sucks(terror, throwdown, hatebreed), most metal sucks, about half of the metalcore bands suck, and all of the death metalcore bands blow(BTBAM, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch)"

don't even put BTBAM with those other bands. they are much better than that. for proof, please don't listen to the silent circus though. listen to the s/t cd. it's much better than anything as i lay dying could ever do.

elliot (July 4, 2004)

okay, well thanks for that! you're cool!

SYYYYYYYKE

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

"Whoever says metalcore or hardcore or metal sucks... FUCK YOU!"

actually,most tough guy hardcore sucks(terror, throwdown, hatebreed), most metal sucks, about half of the metalcore bands suck, and all of the death metalcore bands blow(BTBAM, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch)

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

not as good as their previous releases. There's no need for track #9 and they totally ruined Endless!

elliot (July 4, 2004)

one word can describe this album:

thunderous.

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

good stuff, atreyu is good too. when does the new it dies today come out!?!?!?!

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

Good album... they didn't sellout.

Whoever says metalcore or hardcore or metal sucks... FUCK YOU!

Inspiredby (July 3, 2004)

Lets just say, they lived up to the hype of this cd.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

Absolutely fantastic.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

I was really looking forward to this album, but it didn't blow me away. It's still a cut above the rest of the bands in this genre, but hardly the amazing album I expected.

mikeinflames (July 3, 2004)

hands down one of the best albums of the year

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

Yeah, I laughed my ass off at that wonderful Atreyu comment. "Hey guys...we're hardcore! Oh, we're not? Well, at least we dress cool."

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

this shit sucks. go get the new atreyu

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

Breakdown!

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

I like this album. It didn't blow me away like "The Stings of Conscience" did but it's good nonetheless. I just wish they didn't have to put "Endless" in there. It was already good on the EP.

Ramo

Bryne (July 2, 2004)

So so good.

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

They're great

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

this shit sucks. go get the new atreyu

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

slippy (July 2, 2004)

:(

This band is really talented though.

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

Metal hardcore sucks.

-BSD

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