Release Date: Jul 5, 2011
Record label: Metal Blade
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
Consistency is an under-appreciated quality in the world of heavy metal, and for any band striving for consistency, it becomes harder to maintain as more music is written and more albums are released. From the venerable Massachusetts metal scene, practically every band the region has produced has faltered somewhere along the way, including scene godfathers Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, and All That Remains. The only band from the area left with an unblemished record is Unearth, the group that has virtually always been the exception to the rule.
More shred-tastic metalcore from Trevor Phipps et al... It’s tough to distinguish Unearth’s latest disc of shred-led metalcore from their previous three LPs, for better or for worse. ‘Darkness In The Light’, the quintet’s fifth full-length, still chugs then noodles, with the only evolution being vocalist Trevor Phipps’ single syllable shouts developing into a creamier, flowing scream.
Album No. 5 for Massachusetts’ Unearth puts them atop the heap of new-generation thrash-metal bands. Now that moshers such as Shadows Fall and God Forbid seemed to have peaked and all but gone away (neither have made a peep since 2009), Unearth are a slightly younger, leaner band ready to lead the charge. Darkness In The Light is a maelstrom of melodic riffs, screamy shouts and enough noodling to keep Guitar Hero nerds happy.