Unearth Albums Ranked

Unearth is an American metalcore band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1998, the group has released seven studio albums. Unearth was formed by Trevor Phipps, Buz McGrath, Ken Susi, Mike Rudberg, and Chris Rybicki in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1998. The band began as Point 04 (containing McGrath, Rudberg, and Rybicki), and Susi was recruited soon afterward. The band attempted to recruit Phipps while he recovered from appendicitis, but Phipps was reluctant to join. However, when Phipps showed up to a jam session for one of Susi’s sidebands, Unearth was practicing instead, and Phipps agreed to join after hearing the song “Shattered by the Sun.” The name “Unearth” was coined by drummer Mike Rudberg as he wanted the band to “Unearth” a new sound in the metal and hardcore world. On the small independent label, Endless Fight Records, they released their first EP called Above the Fall of Man in May 1999. Unearth then signed to Eulogy Recordings to release The Stings of Conscience in 2001 and the Endless EP in 2002. During the process of Endless, Chris Rybicki left the group and was first replaced by former Poison the Well bassist Andrew Abramowitz. After Abramowitz left, John Maggard came in. Here are all of Unearth’s albums ranked.

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7. Extinction(s) (2018)

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“This album rips. Formulaic to a T but and I forgot this about them, no clean singing. The constant screaming makes this way fresher than say Killswitch Engage. It’s just a nonstop barrage of riffs and breakdowns and I find it to be highly enjoyable. No, it doesn’t reinvent the wheel or change anything but the material is strong. One of their best.”

6. Watchers of Rule (2014)

Unearth – Watchers Of Rule (2014, CD) - Discogs

“I feel like the law of diminishing returns is starting to apply here, they really do sound the same on every record, no matter how many death metal elements they keep adding album to album. This one sounds exactly the same as the last, according to my recollections, which in and of itself is not a bad thing but these guys have been at it a long time and they really aren’t exciting me much anymore. This is still pretty solid stuff, much of this gets the head nodding and it is all well played but it fails to top the last two albums, it just kind of sits on the same level as them. Oh well, as long as they are not getting worse. It’s not like they are the only band who refuses to change much.”

5. The Stings of Conscience (2001)

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“Unearth’s first album. More hardcore influenced than their current sound, but still very good. The only problem is the vocals, they’re not quite as good and on the more recent Unearth material. Still a great record and a solid debut.”

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4. The March (2008)

Unearth – The March (2008, CD) - Discogs

“Filled to the brim with super melodic and fast riffs, this excellent Melodic Metalcore reminds me a lot of Caliban, only less aggressive and certainly easier to listen to. At times, the Power Metal influence is stronger than the Melodic Death one in reference to the Metalcore style, which means that this album is exceptionally melodic for its kind. The core vocals shouldn’t bother you too much as they are clearly less dominating than on previous Unearth works, and the guitars usually capture your attention entirely. So it’s all good.”

3. The Oncoming Storm (2004)

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“This is my favorite Unearth album. Some of this is some of the best music this genre has ever produced. It simply gets the blood and the fists pumping. This is their finest moment and contains the best songs they have ever written. Look no further if you are looking for a starting point for this band.”

2. III: In The Eyes Of Fire (2006)

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“Amazing metalcore with a lot of thrash influences and some guitar solos that could have been on some MAIDEN records. Strong and powerfull songs like MARCH OF THE MUTES or SANCTITY OF BROTHERS make this album great.”

1. Darkness In The Light (2011)

Unearth – Darkness In The Light (2011, CD) - Discogs

“This is yet another killer album – in fact, I think it’s noticeably better than their last couple of albums. The band was quoted as saying they were going back to their roots, and for once it seems they did just that to some extent. Despite the first breakdown kicking at the 1-minute mark of the first track (and ruining one of the best songs on the album), this album does try to capture some of the thrash-metal grandeur of their epic debut The Oncoming Storm.”