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Album Review

If Unearth wanted to cover a classic Dean Martin hit, the logical choice would be 1960's "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" — not because The Oncoming Storm sounds anything at all like the late Rat Pack crooner, but because Unearth does, in fact, feel like a kick in the head. Mercy is not a high priority on this 2004 release, which demonstrates just how nasty, punishing, and downright vicious the metalcore style can be. Some of Unearth's riffing hints at thrash metal, but The Oncoming Storm is a metalcore disc first and foremost — and most of the bands that were part of thrash in the '80s and early '90s (Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Anthrax, among others) were not as harsh as Unearth. From Trevor Phipps' screaming vocals to the band's suffocating use of density, tracks like "Black Hearts Now Reign," "Lie to Purify," and "Failure" pack a brutal punch. Those who don't comprehend metalcore (which is definitely an acquired taste) might wonder why a disc that merits words like harsh, nasty, vicious, and punishing would appeal to anyone — what do Unearth's fans get out of such an album? Why would they appreciate and enjoy something that's so unmusical? And the answer is that for Unearth and other metalcore units, The Oncoming Storm is all about the thrill of pure, raw exhilaration as well as emotional catharsis; Phipps' nonstop screaming is very cathartic for Unearth and their fans in the mosh pit. The Oncoming Storm falls short of remarkable, but it's a noteworthy, generally decent demonstration of metalcore's harshly exhilarating powers.

Customer Reviews


If I could give this album 10 stars I would. I've heard hundreds of hardcore and metalcore albums, and this is by far the best cd I have ever heard. Every track is fantastic in its own way. The Great Dividers is a great opener, giving us the sounds of similar riffs that will be used throughout the whole cd. Failure is a personal favorite, it has the best beginning I have ever heard. This Lying World is hands-down (in my opinion) the best song on the album. It combines a little bit of singing, but Unearth keeps to their style and has some of the best breakdowns they've ever done in this song. Black Hearts Now Reign is another personal favorite, and it's probably the fastest song on the album. If you ever get a chance to see them live, this was the best song they did at all 3 shows I've been to. Zombie Autopilot has one of the best riffs throughout the entire song, and it's the first song that got me into Unearth. Bloodlust Of The Human Condition is probably the hardest song on the album, and it's very catchy. Lie To Purify is in-your-face metal from the start to finish. No building towards the hard parts. One of the best they've ever done. Endless is another personal's been used before on their EP but I never get sick of it. Aries is more of a ballad, but it's a beautiful song and almost a break for your ears. Predetermines Sky is a VERY good live song, and it's also one of the harder songs on the album. False Idols was at first, my favorite on this album. I overplayed it, but it's a great song and it's the only song on this album that really has somewhat of a chorus. Seriously BUY THIS CD, you will not be dissapointed. But get ready for August 8, cause Unearth will be releasing a brand new record called III: In The Eyes Of Fire. I've heard 3 tracks from it, and it's sounding great, but I don't think anything could top The Oncoming Storm!


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One of the greatest metalcore album ever!!!

The Oncoming Storm is Unearth's breakthrough album. This was the first Unearth album that I bought. I fell in love with it right away. It has some of the greatest guitar on the planet, speedy drums that just make you want to headbang all day, and the lyrics are very good too. Unearth has had a very succesfull career, by sharing the stage with such acts as Slipknot and As I Lay Dying to headlining their own shows. Expect to love this cd, because it is one of the best metalcore album ever!!!


Formed: 1998 in Boston, MA

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Massachusetts metalcore enthusiasts Unearth formed in 1998 and immediately started rocking, both in and around Boston and on the road. They quickly found a strong following, booking tours with such like-minded acts as the Black Dahlia Murder and Killswitch Engage, and supporting big names like Lamb of God and Slipknot. After issuing Above the Fall of Man (Endless Flight) in 1999 Unearth jumped to Eulogy for two albums, 2001's Stings of Conscience and Endless, the following year. Their biggest exposure...
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