Unearth have officially started the recording process for their new album, with Nick Pierce having begun to track drums for the effort today (March 25). Killswitch Engage‘s Adam Dutkiewicz is producing the drum parts, while Fit For Autopsy’s Will Putney is handling the other parts. The album will be released later this year via Century Media.
Unearth have signed a new deal with Century Media Records, and are planning to release a new album through the label later this year. The band will record the effort with producer Will Putney (Fit For An Autopsy) at Graphic Nature Studios. Killswitch Engage‘s Adam Dutkiewicz has been recruited to handle the drums, while it was previously confirmed that Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz (LGND/ex-The Acacia Strain) has been recruited for writing sessions.
The band commented:
“For three decades Century Media have been a highly trusted and leading force in heavy music and we are proud to further our partnership with them to a worldwide level. We saw their passion for music, dedication to promotion, ability to help secure touring/festival opportunities and the face to face personal relationships bands desire from labels from the European team during their release of our last album ‘Watchers of Rule’, so we know CM is the right worldwide home for us to bring everyone what’s next in all things Unearth.
We want to thank everyone at Century Media for bringing us into the fold to partner with a label that has such a rich history in heavy metal and hardcore while also continuing to be at the top of the label game. We’ll see you all this summer starting on Warped Tour and continuing far beyond with worldwide touring on our new album.”
You can catch the band live on the Vans Warped Tour.
Unearth guitarist Buz McGrath was recently interviewed on the “Talk About The Passion” podcast, and discussed the band’s upcoming plans. Those include a new album, which they will probably start recording in March, and a “popular summer festival tour.”
McGrath said the following about their touring plans:
“We’re gonna go out this year. We are confirmed for a popular summer festival tour—whose name I can not name, ’cause it’s not announced.”
He also said the following about their new album plans:
“March, I’m told, is when we’re gonna start. But, we got probably twenty songs written, so no shortage of material…”
He then added the following about Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz (LGND, ex-The Acacia Strain) who has been writing with them:
“We bounce ideas off him. Because we just needed to get a third person into the mix, like riff-wise. Me and Ken [Susi] have been writing the same record for however many years, so let’s like let some other guys stuff in there. That’s been working out great. Whenever I hear a fresh idea with our stuff—that’s scratching my itch. My shit to me sounds like the same stuff over and over again. You try to dig yourself out of that hole and sometimes you do, but a lot of times it’s difficult.”
[via The PRP]
Unearth‘s “The Oncoming Store” is set to be released on limited edition vinyl on January 26, via Metal Blade. It will be available on black 180g vinyl, orange-brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300), flame splattered vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200), pumpkin orange marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300), root beer marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300), and on gold and black split vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 700).
Unearth have announced a headlining tour with Fit For An Autopsy, Exalt, and Darkness Divided. You can check out the dates for that below.
03/31 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall (no Fit For An Autopsy)
04/01 Moncton, NB – The Caveau
04/02 Halifax, NS – Seahorse Tavern
04/03 Fredericton, NB – Capital Complex
04/04 Quebec City, QC – Salle Multi Complex
04/05 Ottawa, On – Mavericks
04/06 Montreal, QC – Coop Les Katacombs (no Exalt)
04/07 Kingston, ON – Overtime
04/08 Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe
04/09 Webster, NY – Harmony House
04/10 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
04/11 Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall (no Fit For An Autopsy)
Nick Pierce will be missing Unearth’s summer tour, due to him needing more recovery time after undergoing back surgery. During his absence, Jordan Mancino (Wovenwar, ex-As I Lay Dying) will handle drumming duties for the band.
The band posted the following:
“With Nick Pierce recovering from back surgery and still unable to tour, we’ve called on our long time friend and true musician/performer Jordan Mancino to tackle drum duties for all of our upcoming dates through August.
Jordan is a force behind the kit and we are grateful he’s available to help us continue the #watchingtheworldtour in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and much of Europe while Nick continues his road back to touring.
Mancino adds, “I am stoked to have this honor filling in for my brother, Nick, while he recovers and heals from his surgery. It’s a daunting task to fill Nick‘s shoes and to play with the metal legacy that is UNEARTH. I will do my best to support all that is the mosh that Unearth will bring this next month and a half.”
Pierce had this to say about his temporary replacement. “My man Jordan Mancino of Wovenwar will be ripping the kit until I return later this year. Jordan is an incredibly tight drummer and hits hard as hell, I can’t wait to see what he does for Unearth!”
Unearth summer tour dates-
6/25 – Montebello, QC. Amnesia Rockfest
7/1 – Cambridge, MA. Sinclairs
7/7 – Mexicali, MX. Lob Bar
7/8 – Monterrey, MX Cafe Iguana
7/9 – Mexico City, MX Cosa Nostra
7/10 – Guadalajara, MX C3 Stage
8/5 – Freiburg, DE Crash
8/6 – SYLAK Open Air – France
8/8 – Munchen, DE – Backstage
8/9 – Koln, DE – MTC
8/10 – Brakefest – Belgium
8/11 – Hellfire Festival Berlin, DE
8/12 – Brutal Assault official – Czech Republic
8/13 – Into The Grave Festival – Netherlands
8/14 – Bloodstock Festival – UK
8/16 – Weinheim, DE – Cafe Central
8/17 – Bratislava, SK – Aegon Arena
8/18 – Lindau, DE – Club Lauderville
8/19 – Luzern, CH – Schüür
8/20 – Summer Breeze – DE”
As previously reported, Unearth‘s Nick Pierce was forced to miss some of the band’s shows, due to a back injury. Now, he has revealed that he will have to undergo surgery to fix the issue.
Pierce said the following:
“Just want to say thanks for everyone’s continued concern and support over the last few weeks since I left the Fury Tour with Unearth early. I can’t express how inspiring it is to have a solid community backing me and showing the love!
Since the initial onset of my back problems over the last few weeks I’ve met up with 3 doctors for separate opinions. The final decision ended up being a microdiscectomy where the surgeon extracts the bulged fragments of disc in my lower back. Success rates for this operation are in the high 80% range, the way the doctors explained it to me made it sound like it wouldn’t be a problem and I would be recovered in 1-2 weeks. Nonetheless, I’m very optimistic things will go well and I’ll be back to enjoying life and starting a healthy recovery soon. Surgery is scheduled for May 10th so wish me luck!