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Unearth The March

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01. My Will Be Done 02. Hail the Shrine 03. Crow Killer 04. Grave of Opportunity 05. We Are Not Anonymous 06. The March 07. Cutman 08. The Chosen 09. Letting Go 10. Truth or Consequence
2008 Metal Blade Records
Our score 7

by Nick
10/16/2008

Unearth has certainly been extremely influential in the metalcore genre over the last few years. They may not have been the first act to merge melodic metal with a hardcore songwriting mentality, but one would have to be either greatly uninformed or downright crazy to argue that this Massachusetts quintet wasn't partially responsible for much of the recent metalcore boom. But we've all heard Unearth and we all know the back story, so let's cut to the chase. Is this band still relevant in a scene overcrowded with an overabundance of acts that they had a hand in bringing into this world The short answer is, yes. And perhaps now even more than ever. The trends of new music point toward the preliminary stages of the metalcore bubble bursting, as the spotlight seems to be shifting more toward the abysmal offerings of what has been branded as "deathcore" (the well of Misery Signals and Unearth clones seems to be drying up in favor of an influx of Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, and Winds of Plague type drivel). This leaves Unearth to carry the torch of a genre they helped deliver to the masses, proving their love of the style while others abandon it in favor of a newer bandwagon. I can respect that. Of course the fact that The March is packed with a ton of solid material helps quite a bit too. Fans with multiple Unearth records in their collection won't find anything overly surprising -- the band's signature songwriting style is still very much reliant upon incredibly melodic lead guitar work, thick metallic riffing, and the expected placement of massive breakdowns -- but they will appreciate many of the constantly evolving subtleties that the band continues to incorporate. The nimble leads of "Crow Killer" point toward a strong power metal influence. The blazing solo work in "The Chosen" draws heavily upon the elements of classic NWOBHM as it delivers tapping with great attention to melody. And while the slow, almost ballad-like chord progressions of "Letting Go" might feel a little foreign, the slab of Crowbar-esque down-tuned riffage in the closing breakdown is a perfect view of Unearth at their heaviest. The drawbacks of The March are identical to those of the rest of Unearth's discography. Songwriting predictability: check. Potential staleness of breakdowns: check. Occasionally tacky vocal lines (although nothing on The March is nearly as cheesy as The Oncoming Storm's infamous "breakdown" yell): check. But these things come with the territory and are far from a surprise. The March is simply metalcore for those that can still appreciate the genre. A few listeners that haven't touched metalcore for the last few years might actually be surprised at the overall quality of this release. Thanks to the continued development of guitar virtuosos Buz McGrath and Ken Susi and the decision to stick to what they know best, Unearth has managed to fight off the curse of monotony that often plagues metal bands well into their career. And as the trends begin to point away from metalcore, Unearth will be left standing as the leader, a position they certainly deserve. Bottom Line: Unearth continues to kick the asses of the vast majority of all of the second-rate metalcore acts they helped inspire. The March is the definition of a solid metalcore release, and has no shortage of all of the fundamentals: incredibly catchy guitar leads, great supporting riffs, and the obligatory breakdowns. A bit of songwriting predictability is still Unearth's Achilles' heel, but a band this deep into their career isn't necessarily looking to shake things up in that arena. And nor should they. Unearth will still be around after the metalcore swell has subsided. And that deserves a little bit of recognition.

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yes_ 10/16/2008 7:19:40 PM

first post. good cd.


twodegreesbelow_ 10/16/2008 7:23:16 PM

lol


al_czervik_ 10/16/2008 7:50:09 PM

yeah, i agree with most of this.


danofthedead_ 10/16/2008 8:02:12 PM

this record is pretty sweet.


jebus_ 10/16/2008 8:26:33 PM

remember when this band had short hair and were a hardcore band...yeah, they ruled then


anonymous 10/16/2008 8:51:23 PM

metalcore my ass...this is metal and it is not THAT good


Selvin_ 10/17/2008 1:12:55 AM

haven't heard yet, but will sample soon - good review


_ 10/17/2008 1:22:00 AM

WHAT THE f*ckING f*ck? HOW DID THIS BULLSHIT GET A 7/10 EVERY SONG & EVERY RECORD IS THE SAME!


henrock_ 10/17/2008 6:56:06 AM

i agree with most of this review, the cd is good in terms of metalcore but meh in general. i cant get over the vocals though, his voice is f*ckin annoying


severedintwo_is a fag_ 10/17/2008 11:06:01 AM

I'm sure it's really not that good. I'll check it out to see how similar it sounds from the other records.


ABC44_ 10/17/2008 11:21:07 AM

I really enjoyed this album. They are one of the bands that are still good in their genre, and bringing a lot to it.


Devin_ 10/17/2008 11:28:09 AM

Good review, Nick. Nail on the head, as they say.


xcorruptx_ 10/17/2008 2:43:19 PM

Unearth is the Pennywise of Metalcore. You always know what to expect and it'll always be solid. They write more songs in their style. Not every record has to change the world. True fact.


Shit_Hawk_ 10/17/2008 2:54:57 PM

The music in this band is great. The vocals are horseshit


xslick_mcfavoritex_ 10/17/2008 5:08:09 PM

Few things baffle me more than when people get pissed at a band for having a recognizable sound. You mean to tell me that Unearth STILL sounds like Unearth?!? Well f*ck these guys then! Shouldn't they have jumped on the black metal/doom/noise bandwagon by now so lambgoat would still jock them? Apparantly nobody CC'd them on that memo.


xote_ 10/17/2008 6:08:27 PM

Never liked Unearth but yes it is a lot better than Suicide Silence or that f*cking joke of a band Winds of Plague... jesus that band is worse than I don't f*cking know... every band ever.


Ant_ 10/17/2008 6:44:55 PM

WHAT THE f*ckING f*ck? HOW DID THIS BULLSHIT GET A 7/10 EVERY SONG & EVERY RECORD IS THE SAME! posted by ( ) on 10/17/2008 1:22:00 AM What a douche post. Ever hear of Iron Maiden? AC/DC? Ozzy? Why change it if its not broken you broke dick...


shred_ 10/17/2008 10:08:31 PM

perfect review!


Travis Aker_ 10/18/2008 12:19:08 AM

Problem with some you f*ckers on lambgoat you don't what the f*ck good metal is. Yet you sit there and wine like little bitches about it.


LLCooJ_ 10/18/2008 1:13:08 AM

Havn't heard anything since Oncoming Storm


Christupher_ 10/18/2008 3:57:13 AM

Solid Review. Good to see that LG is actually able to post fair reviews on bands that most LG kids would typically trash in a heartbeat.


anonymous 10/18/2008 7:09:03 AM

Crow-Killer riff sounds like Atreyu's Bleeding Mascara...not that it makes it bad, just it could be more original. Album overall is definitely a 7...good, but not awesome.


Mike Fuckoff_ 10/18/2008 11:21:17 AM

I don't even read Nick's reviews anymore. This album f*cking sucks.


elliot_ 10/18/2008 12:15:49 PM

Perfect review. You got it totally right.


anonymous 10/18/2008 1:26:05 PM

Good review, Nick. Think I have enough Unearth in my collection not to bother with this.


chadster_ 10/20/2008 12:27:54 PM

Did they record another version of Endless for this album?


d00sh_ 10/20/2008 1:15:07 PM

putting out the same record year after year doesn't make you anything but BORING.


uass_ 10/20/2008 2:29:29 PM

"Crow-Killer riff sounds like Atreyu's Bleeding Mascara" are you asking for a c-ck punch? one of the most ridicuculous comments ever. stop listening to music, and stop listening to metalcore


anonymous 10/20/2008 5:21:56 PM

Loyal to them for sometime...will check out new album. Buzz is incredibly talented...I also don't understand how having short hair made them a better band? Who cares about haircuts?


wr!_ 10/21/2008 3:01:20 AM

awesome band, awesome cd... if people really listened to it with an unbiased opinion they'd learn to appreciate good musicianship, no *chugga chugga* formula in here...f*cking good playing is all i hear!!


Greg_ 10/21/2008 11:44:15 AM

If you like Unearth, then this album is another great one. If you don't like Unearth, then don't bother posting bullshit on an online message board, you're not cool, nobody cares, you're not stopping people from buying their music and going to their shows. Some of you lambgoat people are the dumbest f*ckers I've ever seen on a website.


bringmethefucks_ 10/22/2008 4:04:36 AM

vocals sound like dump find a new vocalist


_ 10/22/2008 5:17:41 PM

WHAT THE f*ckING f*ck? HOW DID THIS BULLSHIT GET A 7/10 EVERY SONG & EVERY RECORD IS THE SAME! posted by ( ) on 10/17/2008 1:22:00 AM What a douche post. Ever hear of Iron Maiden? AC/DC? Ozzy? Why change it if its not broken you broke dick... EVER HEAR OF SHUT THE f*ck UP YOU MISERABLE gay.


a_ 10/23/2008 12:01:29 AM

"THE MARCH" stands for "This band Has Eaten Many ARCH enemy riffs". Shit band. Die soon.


Dave2112_ 10/23/2008 7:22:40 AM

Indeed xcorruptx. But yeah, I have enjoyed this record a lot. Their new drummer is up to par and even throws a few curve balls, the guitar work is pretty stellar and the vocals are strong. (But the vocal mix is terrible,IMO) Ive always been a sucker for these guys, they stay ahead of the curve and you can always count on them getting better and putting out a quility release. God bless them.


DALE_ 10/25/2008 3:55:44 PM

Love this CD


xcpointx_ 10/27/2008 10:40:28 AM

Good record.. better than all their others.. less metal, more core!


eastxcoastxhxc_ 11/9/2008 5:46:14 AM

Great dudes, they put out a great 2 disc dvd a while back. It's amazing. This album is great just like the rest. Even back to Stings Of Conciousness. They've worked hard and definetely earned everything they've got. Great review. All around good stuff.