Unearth have announced a headlining U.S. tour with Upon A Burning Body and 156/Silence. The band will be touring in support of their new album “The Wretched; The Ruinous” (out May 5). Here’s the dates:
05/04 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Backroom
05/05 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse
05/06 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
05/07 Anaheim, CA – Parish Room @ House Of Blues
05/08 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
05/09 Roseville, CA – Goldfields
05/11 Portland, OR – Star Theater
05/12 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/14 Salt Lake City, UT – Soundwell
05/15 Denver, CO – HQ
05/16 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
05/18 Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups
05/19 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Unearth have officially parted ways with guitarist Ken Susi. Despite this news, the band will be forging ahead with a new album titled “The Wretched; The Ruinous.” That effort will be released on May 5 and an official video for its latest single, “Mother Betrayal,” can be found below:
Frontman Trevor Phipps said the following about parting ways with Susi:
“It simply came time for Unearth and Ken to take a break from working together. He’ll always be a large part of the story of this band, and we wish him the best on all of his endeavors.”
He also commented on the new song:
“‘Mother Betrayal‘ is an ominous banger heavily laden with the melodic death metal, thrash and metallic hardcore combination that has signified our sound since the beginning. It kicks up the aggression and ferocity beyond previous recordings while also veering into new territories musically, vocally and structurally.
‘Mother Betrayal‘ is a warning that we are smashing past multiple ecological tipping points caused by our dependence on fossil fuels that will forever alter life on our planet.”
Phipps also added the following about the album:
“[Guitarist] Buz [McGrath] took the entire pandemic to write these songs. He pushed himself to get out of his comfort zone and explore what Unearth is, both past and present. Buz adding these new elements and killer song structures inspired me to be more diverse vocally. ‘The Wretched; The Ruinous is still Unearth, but it’s also the most dynamic record we’ve ever done.
There’s certain songs where you can really hear the band’s hardcore roots. The track ‘Dawn Of The Militant‘ is a true mix of metal and heavy hardcore, that to me define what the term ‘metalcore’ truly is.
For the bulk of this record though, the metal, aggression, and technicality are reminiscent of our ‘Watchers Of Rule‘ album. All of the ingredients of Unearth are present on these songs, but the band continues to explore new territories as writers and players.
Lyrically, it’s a warning shot record. I’ve spoken about the decline of our environment by mankind’s hand dating back to our first record in 2001, and I’ve continued to write about the environmental crisis throughout our entire career.
We are now at a tipping point with Mother Nature and our place on this planet, and I had to devote the entirety of this album to what is happening around us. This album is a collection of stories of what is happening, and what is to come, if we do not make monstrous changes to how we treat our only home.
‘The Wretched; The Ruinous‘ is about the eight billion people on this planet. We’ve created a man-made mass extinction event and have been too slow to correct our faults. Extreme weather, drought, famine, disease, erosion of land, culture wars, civil wars, wars for natural resources, and the displacement of billions of people, is all a current reality. This isn’t a future problem; it is a now problem and I take this record to talk about it. As a species we are very quickly turning our once Garden of Eden into our future hellscape.
It’s not all devastation and gloom though. On the track ‘Call of Existence‘ I talk about how we can turn this around with swift, drastic changes to our emissions and consumption of natural resources. There is a responsible way forward that will benefit all life on our planet, and we have to embrace and act on that responsibility now.”
“The Wretched; The Ruinous” Track Listing:
01. “The Wretched; The Ruinous”
02. “Cremation Of The Living”
04. “Mother Betrayal”
06. “Call Of Existence”
07. “Dawn Of The Militant”
09. “Into The Abyss”
10. “Broken Arrow”
11. “Theaters Of War”
Unearth have premiered a new video for their new song “The Wretched; The Ruinous.” This track serves as the first single from the band’s upcoming album.
Vocalist Trevor Phipps commented:
“‘The Wretched; The Ruinous’ is a summation of our upcoming album as a whole musically and lyrically as it showcases the aggression, power, melody, energy and darkness that is full-throttle UNEARTH. Thematically this lead track puts the full blame on Mankind for the destruction of our planet, and the mass extinction of millions of species, as well as the eventual eradication of man due to our negligence with the climate crisis.
The first video for the new record was shot in one of our favorite places to tour on the planet, Tokyo, Japan. The raw energy from the crowd was captured by the talented Seidai Takekoshi and his additional cinematographers Seijito Nishimi and Ryo Minekawa whom all got into the crowd, in the pit and on stage to properly capture the power and emotion this song brings and we are excited to show you all the end result. See you on the road worldwide in 2023 and beyond.”
Unearth, Misery Index, and Year Of The Knife will be hitting the road on a European/UK tour next year. You can find the dates for that run below.
04/01 Dortmund, GER – Junkyard
04/02 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
04/03 Munchen, GER – Backstage
04/04 Freiburg, GER – Crash
04/05 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
04/06 Sheffield, UK – Corporation
04/07 Leeds, UK – The Warehouse
04/08 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
04/09 Lille, FRA – The Black Lab
04/10 Paris, FRA – La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
04/11 Stuttgart, GER – Im Wizemann
04/12 Weinheim, GER – Cafe Central
04/13 Cottbus, GER – Gladhouse
04/14 Leer, GER – Zollhaus
04/15 Chemnitz, GER – AJZ Chemnitz
04/16 Ostrava, CZE – Barrak Music Club
04/17 Berlin, GER – SO36
04/18 Hamburg, GER – Bahnhof Pauli
04/19 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
04/20 Gothenburg, SWE – Musikens Hus
04/21 Stockholm, SWE – Slaktkyrkan
Ken Susi has offered an update on his current status in Unearth. The guitarist says he is currently on an “extended break” from the band.
Susi said the following:
“I am currently on a leave with Unearth. It is an extended, I guess how would you say, an extended break from Unearth. There’s definitely some stuff there that is kind of – it’s cool, both myself and the band have kind of come to terms with you know, our differences of opinion on certain things. I love those guys and I’m still supporting them. I hope they’re still supporting me.”
He also added:
“I’m currently not a touring member of Unearth and I’m not featured on the record. I have one song that’s on it – I don’t know the name of it, I don’t know how it sounds. I don’t know the mix. I don’t know anything about it. It is what it is.”
Killswitch Engage have announced some holiday shows with Rivers Of Nihil and Unearth. Here’s the dates:
12/28 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
12/29 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
12/30 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach commented:
“It’s been a while since we’ve been able to do a holiday show so let’s fix that. We are stoked to announce these three ‘holiday-themed’ shows, which will surely be fun and maniacal. Expect things to be out of control and crazy! It will be rounded out by the prolific — and a band favorite — with Rivers of Nihil, as well as our old school friends in Unearth.The sets, the stage, and the vibe will be like no other Killswitch show you have seen! This will be a perfect send off for us as we head into the studio for our new record! Let’s do this my friends!”
Unearth, Madball, and Undeath have announced some September shows together. Here’s the dates:
09/18 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Centre
09/19 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
09/20 Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups
09/21 Memphis, TN – Growlers
09/22 Birmingham, AL – Iron City (Unearth only)
Unearth have parted ways with drummer Nick Pierce. Mike Justian will be filling in during their upcoming shows.
“I’m tremendously excited and grateful for the chance to play these tunes again and make new memories with these guys. Looking forward and see ya soon. Cheers!”
“Mike’s contributions on our albums ‘The Oncoming Storm’ and ‘III-In the Eyes of Fire’ as well as his unmatched live performances cemented him as part of this band forever and we couldn’t be happier to revisit the stage, those songs and more, together this summer.”
07/28 Tolmin, SLO – Metal Days Fest
07/29 Essen, GER – Nord Open Air
07/30 Bausendorf, GER – Riez Open Air
08/02 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville
08/03 Munich, GER – Free+Easy Fest
08/04 Rasnov, ROM – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
08/06 Rhone Alpes, FRA – Sylak Fest
08/07 Montpellier, FRA – Festival Secret Place
08/11 Weinheim, GER – Cafe Central
08/12 Kortrijk, BEL – Alcatraz Fest
08/13 Jaromer, CZE – Brutal Assault Fest
08/18 Sulingen, GER – Reload Fest
08/27 Tallmadge, OH – Summit Fest
09/08 Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Fest
In other news, the group have also confirmed that their new album is almost finished. The effort will serve as Pierce’s last release with the band.
Darkest Hour, Unearth, and Bat Fangs will be performing at the Black Cat in Washington, DC on December 17. Tickets can be found HERE. As previously reported, Unearth and Darkest Hour will also be joining Shadows Fall during their reunion show at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on December 18.
“Boston metal giants Unearth and musically influenced PA brewery Broken Goblet have teamed up on a collaborative beer in support of identifying and ending racial inequalities in our country, with all proceeds being split between the Philadelphia and Boston chapters of the ACLU.
“Black Hearts Now Reign” is an 11% Russian Imperial Stout brewed with white chocolate, an on-the-nose ingredient choice selected by the brewery for the combination of bitter and sweet that it adds to the beer, and the obvious analogy to the “work together” theme of the brew.
For Broken Goblet manager Reese Dunlap, this beer is personal in many ways. “I am not only a minority in the craft beer world, but also in the world at large, and both me and my family here in the industry need to fight to be the change we want to see. It represents a chance for our brewery to use our platform to remind people that we should be working hand in hand, uplift the black and brown voices that need it right now, own the faults and be a better example of unity. Plus – we get to work with some of our musical idols in Unearth!”
No stranger to amplifying social issues through their art, Boston-based Unearth was happy to work on this beer with Broken Goblet. Says Trevor Phipps, who fronts the band, “The only way to achieve a civil and just society is to work together to achieve an equal playing field for all. While this idea might be obvious to many, there is still a lot of work we all need to do to ensure a truly united future. We couldn’t be happier to collaborate with Broken Goblet, on our first ever beer, while bolstering the collective voice for unity, equality and the greater good. Cheers friends!”
The beer will be canned and released November 21st at the brewery, and they are working on an arrangement that would bring some of the beer to Boston as well.
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