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UNEARTH
III: IN THE EYES OF FIRE
METAL BLADE

Unearth lays down its angriest, darkest, and most imminent album to date with III: IN THE EYES OF FIRE. Produced by Terry Date (Pantera, Soundgarden, Deftones), the 11-tracks found on this blistering offering are equipped with neck-snapping thrash guitars, concrete-smashing rhythms, and vocals that burst from the speakers with unadulterated rage. And yes, there are breakdowns. Giant, volatile, and crushing ones on cuts like "This Glorious Nightmare" and "Impostors Kingdom" that can wreck small villages. And yes, there are Swedish metal licks galore, like the galloping "March of the Mutes" and the Testament-esque "Sanctity of Brothers", only two of the many to snack on for mavens of the riff. While some may contest the praise Unearth receives, the fact is that few bands have stayed as brutal while successfully retaining its foundation as this disc suggests, keeping this Massachusetts-based quintet consistently at the top of the underground's elite. Mosh-worthy and headbangingly thorough, Unearth have whipped up a ferocious and frenzied album that is unquestionably metal to the core.
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