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Unearth: The Oncoming Storm

On their third release, and first for Metal Blade, Unearth have created a melodic and technical platter of thrash and metalcore sounds that will surely please fans of Shadows Fall, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, God Forbid, Trivium, and even Slayer. Featuring concise razor sharp guitar riffs, nimble yet pounding rhythms, and strong screaming vocals, Unearth are one of the small group of modern metal bands that are being groomed for the big time. The Oncoming Storm, from start to finish, is as solid as you get, never really breaking any new ground, but hitting on all levels that you can't help but respect the band for the dedication to their craft.

There's plenty of raging and complex riffery steamrolling through every track, especially on songs like "Failure" (which has some amazing sweep picked guitar fills), "This Lying World", the tasty melodicism of "Zomebie Autopilot", and the kick ass "balls to the wall" 80's styled thrash of "Lie to Purify". The twin guitar attack of Buz McGrath and Ken Susi really make this band, as their lethal riffs combine the best of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Slayer, and Lamb of God, combining huge walls of rhythms with melodic dual harmonies and plenty of intricate solos. Trevor Phipps also deserves a lot of credit, as his vocals are always decipherable, even when he is screaming his lungs out.

This is a recommended release for anyone who likes their metal with plenty of crunch, technicality, and melody. Unearth are a band that should be ready to go to the next level on their next release and be catagorized with the elite of todays heavy and extreme music scene.

Track Listing
1. The Great Dividers
2. Failure
3. This Lying World
4. Black Hearts Now Reign
5. Zombie Autopilot
6. Bloodlust Of The Human Condition
7. Lie To Purify
8. Endless
9. Aries
10. Predetermined Sky
11. False Idols
12. One Step Away-Bonus Track
13. The Charm-Bonus Track

Added: February 1st 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Unearth Website
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Language: english

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