Unearth announces Album Release US Headlining Tour in May 2023, with special guests Upon A Burning Body and 156/Silence.
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Comments the band:
“It’s been almost five years since we’ve headlined the Midwest and West Coast of the USA and we are excited to be coming at you all first to support our new album ‘The Wretched; The Ruinous’. We’ve got two killer bands joining us on all dates, Upon A Burning Body and 156/Silence, as well as some yet to be announced bands on select gigs. See you all out there”.
US Tour Dates 2023:
5/4 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
5/5 – El Paso, TX – Rock House
5/6 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock
5/7 – Anaheim, CA – Parish Room @ House of Blues
5/8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
5/9 – Roseville, CA – Goldfields
5/11 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
5/12 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
5/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Soundwell
5/15 – Denver, CO – HQ
5/16 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
5/18 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
5/19 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
(w/ Special Guests Upon A Burning Body and 156/Silence)
North American Tour Dates 2023:
5/20 – Hartford, CT – The Webster
5/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Monarch
5/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl
5/23 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium Upstairs
5/24 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial bell
5/25 – Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
5/26 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
5/27 – Detroit, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
(supporting Halo Effect with Special Guests High Command)
5/28 – Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Metal Fest
6/15 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
6/16 – Clisson, France – Hellfest 2023
6/30 – Emmen, Netherlands – Pitfest
7/2 Saarbrucken, Germany – Reality Bites Fest
On album number eight, “The Wretched; The Ruinous”, Unearth not merely continues to amp-up their metal meets hardcore intensities, but they also exceed themselves with a record that incorporates elements of classic Unearth offerings dating back to 2004’s “breakthrough” “The Oncoming Storm”, while exploring beyond the recent back-to-basics promise of 2018’s “Extinction(s)”. For Unearth’s founding mainstays, Trevor Phipps and guitarist Buz McGrath, it feels like the beginning of a new chapter. “Buz took the entire pandemic to write these songs”, says Trevor. “He pushed himself to get out of his comfort zone and explore what Unearth is, both past and present. Buz adding these new elements and killer song structures inspired me to be more diverse vocally. ‘The Wretched; the Ruinous’ is still Unearth, but it’s also the most dynamic record we’ve ever done”.
Teaming again with “Extinction(s)” producer, Will Putney (Body Count, Thy Art Is Murder), the goal was simple: create the definitive Unearth record. From the scathing title track opener to the explosive “Cremation of the Living”, the brooding “Mother Betrayal” to the album’s riff-violent closer, “Theaters of War”, “The Wretched; The Ruinous” is Unearth pulling out all the stops. “There’s certain songs where you can really hear the band’s hardcore roots”, explains Trevor. “The track ‘Dawn of the Militant’ is a true mix of metal and heavy hardcore, that to me define what the term ‘metalcore’ truly is. For the bulk of this record though, the metal, aggression, and technicality are reminiscent of our ‘Watchers of Rule’ (2014) album. All of the ingredients of Unearth are present on these songs, but the band continues to explore new territories as writers and players”.
“The Wretched; The Ruinous” is a turning point moment for Unearth. It’s first album in their canon recorded without guitarist Ken Susi, who mutually parted with the band in 2022. Trevor shares: “It simply came time for Unearth and Ken to take a break from working together. He’ll always be a large part of the story of this band, and we wish him the best on all of his endeavors”.
The frontman makes no bones about the arduous writing process for “The Wretched; The Ruinous”. “Coming out of the pandemic I found myself struggling to find my zone of creativity with writing, but I pushed through, and once I found it things caught fire”. Phipps has never been one to shy away from often scathing social commentary. “Lyrically, it’s a warning shot record”, Trevor continues. “I’ve spoken about the decline of our environment by Mankind’s hand dating back to our first record in 2001, and I’ve continued to write about the environmental crisis throughout our entire career. We are now at a tipping point with Mother Nature and our place on this planet, and I had to devote the entirety of this album to what is happening around us. This album is a collection of stories of what is happening, and what is to come, if we do not make monstrous changes to how we treat our only home”.
“‘The Wretched; The Ruinous’ is about the eight billion people on this planet”, echoes the frontman of Unearth’s latest state of the world address. “We’ve created a man-made mass extinction event and have been too slow to correct our faults. Extreme weather, drought, famine, disease, erosion of land, culture wars, civil wars, wars for natural resources, and the displacement of billions of people, is all a current reality. This isn’t a future problem; it is a now problem and I take this record to talk about it. As a species we are very quickly turning our once Garden of Eden into our future hellscape”.
“It’s not all devastation and gloom though”, adds Phipps. “On the track ‘Call of Existence’ I talk about how we can turn this around with swift, drastic changes to our emissions and consumption of natural resources. There is a responsible way forward that will benefit all life on our planet, and we have to embrace and act on that responsibility now”.
Pre-order “The Wretched; The Ruinous” here.
European Tour Dates 2023:
4/1 – Dortmund, Germany – Junkyard
4/2 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
4/5 – Munchen, Germany – Backstage
4/4 – Freiburg, Germany – Crash
4/5 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo
4/6 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation
4/7 – Leeds, UK – The Warehouse
4/8 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
4/9 – Lille, France – The Black Lab
4/10 – Paris, France – La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
4/11 – Stuttgart, Germany – Im Wizemann
4/12 – Weinheim, Germany – Cafe Central
4/13 – Cottbus, Germany – Gladhouse
4/14 – Leer, Germany – Zollhaus
4/15 – Chemnitz, Germany – AJZ Chemnitz
4/16 – Ostrava, Czechoslovakia – Barrak Music Club
4/17 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
4/18 – Hamburg, Germany – Bahnhof Pauli
4/19 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
4/20 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Musikens Hus
4/21 – Stockholm, Sweden – Slaktkyrkan
(w/ with Misery Index, Year Of The Knife, Turbid North and Leach)
Trevor Phipps – Vocals
Buz McGrath – Lead guitar
Peter Layman – Guitar
Chris O’Toole – Bass
Mike Justian – Drums