Sonntag, 24. Juli 2011

Review - Unearth - Darkness in the Light

Unearth 2011


Cover

"Darkness in the Light" Cover

Tracklist
1. Watch it Burn
2. Ruination of the Lost
3. Shadows in the Light
4. Eyes of Black
5. Last Wish
6. Arise the War Cry
7. Equinox
8. Coming of the Dark
9. The Fallen
10. Overcome
11. Disillusion

Unearth are back...and leave 95 % of all Metalcore-bands in the dust

Unearth never fail to put me in awe. To me, they haven't released a bad album yet. I always thought they peaked with "The Oncoming Storm" though. "In the Eyes of Fire" and "The March" weren't bad albums by any means, but the sheer ferocity and unrelentlessness was somehow missing.

I now stand corrected. "Darkness in the Light" combines the sheer aggression of "The Oncoming Storm" with the technical madness of "The March" and presents Unearth's best effort thus far.

Ken Susi and Buz McGrath really showcase their abilities on this record. They are able to write technical, yet memorable riffs with great anthemic hooks. Buz's solos are as shredtastic as always. This guy must be one of the best lead guitarists of today's metalscene. He's got speed, technique and, most importantly: feeling. Something that seems to be missing among today's shredders.

Justin Foley (Killswitch Engage) is replacing Derek Kerswill on this record. And he delivers flawlessly. You get blastbeats ("Eyes of Black"). double-bass attacks - powerhouse drumming at it's best. Yet, he also holds back when the song demands it.

Often criticized vocalist Trevor Phipps stays true to himself on this record. We won't be seeing him using clean vocals any time soon (and that's a good thing!). Yet, Ken Susi's clean vocals are back. That might be off-putting to some, but they aren't forced and fit into the scheme of the songs.

Adam Dutkiewicz, Metalcore-producer-extraordinaire, has yet again accorded the record with a transparent, powerful and pounding sound.

Like I mentioned in the beginning, Unearth show how Metalcore is supposed to sound: they combine Iron Maiden-esque leads and melodies with the power of Hardcore-Beatdowns. The Boston-metallers are simply in their own league. Even though we've all heard gazillions of Metalcore records, Unearth have managed to breathe new life into an almost dead genre - that alone should get anyone out there to check this record out.

"Eyes of Black"

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