Sunday, October 19, 2014

Unearth at the Studio at Webster Hall

Trevor Phipps
Metalcore band Unearth formed in 1998 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. The band tried to recruit vocalist Trevor Phipps while he recovered from appendicitis, but he was reluctant to join. However, when Phipps showed up to a jam session for one of guitarist Ken Susi's side bands, Unearth was practicing instead. Phipps agreed to join after hearing the song "Shattered by the Sun." The band's sixth album, Watchers of Rule, is due for release on October 28, 2014. The band is presently comprised of Phipps, guitarists Buz McGrath and Ken Susi, bassist John “Slo” Maggard and drummer Nick Pierce.

Headlining the Studio at Webster Hall tonight, Unearth gave its fans a relentless hour of pure headbanging metalcore. The core of the fist-pumping music was rooted in harsh growling vocals, neck-breaking guitar riffs and fast drums, powered occasionally by either harmonic guitar lines or burly breakdowns for an aggression-filled combination of death metal and thrash metal. Unearth provided a non-stop barrage of hammers to the skull.