I have to say, this is a proud moment for me. Unearth was the band that got me into metal in the first place. It was back around 2004 (when I was 14 years old). I was at a local record store browsing when I noticed the album art for their album The Oncoming Storm. I can’t say what went through my head at that moment, but I’d venture to guess it was along the lines of “Badass!”. I bought CD that day without even listening to it. Boy, was I in for a surprise. It’s safe to say that album shaped my music tastes, and in many ways shaped the direction of my life. I became a freelance graphic designer soon after, and became actively involved in the music scene. Here I sit today writing for a music news website. So, to Unearth I say hearty thank you.
And now, to the news. Unearth and Century Media Records announced yesterday the signing of what I would call a metal powerhouse to one of the most well-known metal record labels. To top that off, Unearth will be playing the final Warped Tour. Century posted a lengthy post to their Facebook about the announcement. I’ll pick and choose key points below and provide a link to the whole post afterward. Again, congratulations to one of my favorite bands.
UNEARTH Sign Worldwide Deal With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS
Enter Studio with Will Putney (Every Time I Die, Body Count, Gojira, Thy Art Is Murder) For Late Summer/Early Fall 2018 Release
Band To Appear During Final Vans Warped Tour (6/21-8/5) on Mutant White Lightning Stage
After an awe-inspiring 20 years of blazing trails and dominating stages, Unearth is now institutionalized as a relentless force in heavy metal, standing the test of time with consistently triumphant creative output, tireless road warrior resilience, Blue Collar style workmanship and a resolute determination to deliver the goods.
Like Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Testament and Anthrax before them, UNEARTH emerged as part of a burgeoning revolution in heavy music but continued to maintain their relevance and mastery of their craft. They’ve resisted and prevailed against changing trends, subcultural fashions and the way music is obtained and distributed with their credibility, integrity and unique persona intact.
Therefore, it makes perfect sense the band have decided to sign a worldwide deal with the global-dominating, barrier-shattering metal label CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS on their seventh full-length release.
The band commented:
“For three decades Century Media have been a highly trusted and leading force in Heavy music and we are proud to further our partnership with them to a Worldwide level. We saw their passion for music, dedication to promotion, ability to help secure touring/festival opportunities and the face to face personal relationships bands desire from labels from the European team during their release of our last album ‘Watchers of Rule’, so we know CM is the right worldwide home for us to bring everyone what’s next in all things UNEARTH.”
We want to thank everyone at Century Media for bringing us into the fold to partner with a label that has such a rich history in Heavy Metal and Hardcore while also continuing to be at the top of the label game. We’ll see you all this summer starting on Warped Tour and continuing far beyond with worldwide touring on our new album.”
UNEARTH are excited to reveal they will soon begin recording the highly anticipated follow-up to 2014’s “Watchers of Rule”, with Will Putney (Every Time I Die, Body Count, Gojira, Thy Art Is Murder, Silent Planet) at Graphic Nature Studios. Additionally, the band have confirmed that Killswitch Engage’s Adam D. will be recording drums for the effort. A late Summer/early Fall release is expected.
Mike Gitter, Vice President of A&R for Century Media USA, further commented:
“Unearth have an unshakable foundation that they build on record to record. They’ve become a key player in today’s metal landscape and will remain that for many records to come.
With over 500,000 in worldwide album sales, UNEARTH’s continued staying power has also
hinged on their highly interactive and toweringly heavy live performances.
The full announcement can be read here, along with all of the Warped tour dates:
Visit the band’s facebook to send them some love: www.facebook.com/unearthofficial
To round off this post nicely, here is a video to my favorite Unearth song “The Great Dividers”