Unearth
The Stings of Conscience


3.0
good

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
May 3rd, 2007 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unearth shows their talents in raw form in their poorly recorded debut release, Stings of Conscience.

BREAKDOWN!

Breakdown is a word in the dictionary that has a picture of Unearth right below it. They apparently have trouble not incorporating a breakdown into any given song. If it lacks a breakdown, you can bet your ass it is either an instrumental work, or not Unearth. While in their latter releases it has become tedious and overwhelming at times, it is not so much with their first release. I had known of Unearth ever since this debut release, Stings of Conscience. When I was a young metal-kid and did not know much else, Unearth were something new to me. I had been listening to bad nu-metal bands or grunge (with a side of Tool, take that as a plus or minus) and this was the first metalcore band I had ever listened to. I saw Unearth live, and I thought playing the guitar on the back of your head was incredible (that is what you believe listening to Mudvayne and Korn. Eww). Regardless, they put out a decent, under produced record that made them the giants they are today.

Wow. Apparently, they recorded this album over in the caves of Afghanistan. This is quite possibly one of the worst recording jobs ever. I mean when you compare the way this CD sounds to their new stuff, this is atrocious. Apparently, they found a couple amps that the treble was the only functioning knob and said, “screw it! Turn it up!!!!” Otherwise, you could hear the bass over the sometimes ear-gouging guitar (see: “My Desire”). I was trying to see if any other album I owned was as bad, and there was no comparison. I have heard local bands having better recordings than this. However, it does not take away from the content, no matter how poorly it sounds at times.

The greatest thing about this record is it does not sound like their new stuff at all. It has nice varieties of sound with less of that breakdown stuff. Sure, it has breakdowns that are not as good, but really, who cares. The songs ultimately sound less forced and more of just a natural progression throughout. They incorporate sweeping arpeggios and fast riffs like in one of the better songs on the record, “Stings of Conscience.” The bass guitar generally accompanies the guitar work and adds little to stray away from what is going on the record. “One Step Away” and “Only the People” are the most notorious songs on the album. They feature adequately placed lead guitar sections and the overall progressions of guitar work is fantastic. Overall, the vocal performance is mediocre. While it is audible, sometimes it is just too much to hear throughout its entirety. The drumming is of good quality (“Shattered by the Sun”), it is nothing compared to the talent of their newest drummer, but it is certainly enjoyable.

This album, Stings of Conscience, is what started Unearth. To be honest, if it were not for the recording, this has the potential to be their best release to date. The song structure is great with a variety of different musical elements. They keep the breakdowns low-key and do not create a momentous build up to indicate its presence. Collectively, if you are looking to see what Unearth evolved from, give it a chance, because songs should not revolve around one word.



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HotSalvation
May 4th 2007


258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Breakdown is a word in the dictionary that has a picture of Unearth right below it.

ha ha that made me laugh indeed.

this is a great cd

SynGates
May 4th 2007


2467 Comments


So there's actually bass on this album? I'll have to check it out.

GleamInRanks
May 4th 2007


298 Comments


They keep the breakdowns low-key


I'll believe that when I hear it. I can't imagine Unearth without a mass amount of breakdowns , but seriously, great review.

Concubine
May 4th 2007


333 Comments


horrid album

Inflames
May 4th 2007


635 Comments


theres a whole host of "breakdown" bands. but unearth seems to have their own formula to it, that works for them.

Inflames
May 4th 2007


635 Comments


...through the eyes of fire is their best work tho.This Message Edited On 05.04.07

Epilogue
May 4th 2007


1591 Comments


Good review, but you seem to not like like III. I don't know, it just sounded like that to me.

Confessed2005
May 4th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love all their albums to be honest but I think The Oncomng Storm was their most impressive.

This album has some killer songs on it however.

Thor
May 4th 2007


10202 Comments


Unearth is the best metalcore band by far. I still don't have this though, but I don't really see the need. Their other two albums are so great and I don't really need this to drag them down.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
May 4th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, but you seem to not like like III. I don't know, it just sounded like that to me.


I think III is their best work (production added a lot to it compared to this). I'd say III is a 4, this a 3/3.5...., oncoming storm is a 3.

Epilogue
May 5th 2007


1591 Comments


Unearth is the best metalcore band by far

:thumb:

I think III is their best work


Ok. And I agree

XTA
May 6th 2007


79 Comments


III is their best work to me. the oncoming storm is also amazing.

ive had this album for the longest time but i dont think ive ever listened to it all the way through. ill give it another chance.

ShadowRemains
April 19th 2010


21323 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Breakdown is a word in the dictionary that has a picture of Unearth right below it."
"Wow. Apparently, they recorded this album over in the caves of Afghanistan."

I lol'd at those two parts, good review

Foxhound
November 5th 2010


4570 Comments


my brother sent me this. lame.

Shuyin
November 20th 2010


11962 Comments


uve gotta be kidin me.. fantastic cd man! this review sucks

ShadowRemains
November 20th 2010


21323 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol

Dryden
November 20th 2010


13120 Comments


hes only 13

Blauwbaard
March 16th 2012


2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I actually like the vocals on this albums. They don't sound like they want to kill or torture someone, which also fits some of their melodic riffs better (like in the title track)

FearThyEvil
May 25th 2013


12689 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I hope this album gets rerecorded but it holds some of their best work but the production mars it so badly.

MuhNamesTyler
September 20th 2014


4387 Comments


The first two paragraphs are ballsack and I've heard waaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy shittier production than this like this isn't even THAT bad



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