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UNEARTH
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Ten years in and Unearth are still proudly brandishing their metalcore allegiance. The Maiden-esque harmony guitars of opener ĎWatch it Burní soon give way to the tropes of the genre, huge riffs, roared vocals, and before the first minute is up, the first of many chugging breakdowns is upon us. And the cycle continues. In fact, it continues for the rest of the album. And then it hits you. Youíve heard this album before. A lot. Thatís the problem with metalcore, its trappings are difficult to escape and Unearth have fallen for them again. Proficient as they are, this album offers little new and the metalcore template has been relied upon way too heavily. Growled vocals are followed by clean vocals, songs build up to the breakdown, and instrumental prowess takes precedence over songs. In fact, itís difficult to distinguish this from their previous efforts, and given that theyíve been at it for ten years, youíd think that theyíd push their own boundaries instead of sitting snugly within them. With Killswitch Engageís Adam Dutkiewicz providing top notch production and KEís Justin Foley filling in on drums, the KE-influence is more than apparent. Yet their presence is more a novelty than productive. Itís definitely got its moments and itís a solid record that fans of the band and/or genre will no doubt embrace, but itís got little to offer to anyone else.
LABEL:
FORMAT:
Metal Blade Records
Album
DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT
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Review by Jason Guest
RUNNING TIME:
38:55
RELEASE DATE:
4th July 2011
TRACK LISTING
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
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
USA
"Itís definitely got its moments and itís a solid record that fans of the band and/or genre will no doubt embrace, but itís got little to offer to anyone else."
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