Unearth
III: In the Eyes of Fire


4.0
excellent

Review

by YHB USER (9 Reviews)
July 30th, 2007 | 27 replies | 4,722 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fine showing from the masters of the genre.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

I’ll be frank - I can’t stand a lot of the new wave of American metal, or metalcore, or whatever it is - I have nothing against the bands that try to move out of this hole, such as Mastodon and Lamb Of God, bands who have a desire to move away from it all. And I also have nothing against bands like Unearth either, who stick to the formula, yet are so damn good that they make the rest of the crowd look garage bands who don’t know an original piece of music from their backsides.

In The Eyes of Fire is nothing original, in all honesty - trying to get something new out of metalcore groups means they have to move away from the formula, or continue churning out similar albums. Unearth chose the latter, have gone from strength to strength over the course of three albums, and the result is what may possibly be the finest metalcore release of all time. Yes, I mean this album.

A few listens should confirm this to anyone who has listened to the dirge festival that was, is, and has made up the majority of the scene - it may retain the very basic hallmarks of what made past Unearth albums good, but now instead of tiptoeing carefully, it now strides along, as each song is confident, fully fleshed out, and appears to be full of the controlled vim and vigour that really could have stopped all derision against the likes of As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage and Atreyu.

What really puts Unearth in a different light altogether is the simple fact that they realise speed doesn’t count for everything, as although every song features the usual searing riffs, Unearth know that songs can be more effective when all it takes is a reduced beats-per-minute quota. There’s also the usual breakdown parts that feature in a lot of NWAOHM songs; when Avenged Sevenfold used breakdowns on their early metal albums, it usually sounded slotted in in a hopeless attempt to make the song sound more interesting than it actually is. When Unearth have a typical breakdown moment, it doesn’t try and change course for the par of the song - rather, it just makes sure than it isn’t the same simple boring ride all the way through.

There’s also the fact that they have ensured that every song here is an absolute killer. There’s not a bad track on the whole album, and although not every track is glistening with excellent lyrics, they’re one of the better examples of the genre.

And this is part of what makes Unearth one of the few metalcore bands I listen to (the others being 36 Crazyfists, Shadows Fall, Converge, As I Lay Dying and early Killswitch Engage). They don’t start off with boring filler; who wants that? No, they send you straight in with one of their best ever tracks, This Glorious Nightmare, and what I noted before about how they’ve managed to master the power of their rhythm - it’s much more enjoyable and fresh to listen to a band that knows that more sporadic riffing can help the song, rather than turning the guitars into a constant buzz in order to keep the speed going.

The album continues from strength to strength - Sanctity Of Brothers threatens to crush you with those heavy yet smooth crunching guitar lines; This Time Was Mine features a distinct connection between both instruments and vocals, where Unearth have almost created a track in which the music couldn’t work without the vocals, or vice versa; Giles grants the wish of those who just want to bang their head to something loud; and So It Goes features some hefty yet carefully-processed stop-start double bass drumming and yet more wizardry from those six-stringers, Ken Susi and Buz McGrath.

This review may seem short, and I admit it’s simply because there is a lack of things to say about it. What more can be unearthed (excuse the pun) from an album that, despite being of a high quality, features tracks that tread the same ground as the tracks before it, both on this album and on The Stings Of Conscience and The Oncoming Storm? There’s no getting around the fact that despite the efforts made by Unearth to separate themselves from the rest of the crowd, ultimately, this is still metalcore, albeit metalcore at it’s very best. Ultimately, there are flaws - such as Jon Maggard’s bass never being heard, and it’s all about the guitars; but the nice little touches, like the variations in singing by Trevor Phipps and the fact that Mike Justain’s drumming amounts to more than just double bass, make this stand out from the crowd. If you don’t like this album, it’s unlikely you’ll like metalcore.

Verdict: 8/10
Metalcore at its very finest

Standout tracks:
- This Glorious Nightmare
- March of the Mutes
- Sanctity of Brothers
- So It Goes
- Bled Dry



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gigi666
July 30th 2007



257 Comments


hehe saw them 3 times already... and they're not even in my top10

BallsToTheWall
July 30th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

To be honest Killswitch and the new as i lay dying isnt that bad. Unearth is good though.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2007



15990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"The Oncoming Storm" was a million times better than this.

Digging: Thergothon - Stream From The Heavens

LifeInABox
July 30th 2007



3707 Comments


Shadows Fall isn't metalcore, and TOS was not better than this.

masscows
July 30th 2007



2236 Comments


TOS was really bad. This is Unearth's best imo. Good review.

Bfhurricane
July 30th 2007



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good review, Id have to agree with most of it. But this is far from metalcore at its finest, I have to strongly disagree with your comment about early A7X. Waking the Fallen crushes this. This is still a really good album though

LifeInABox
July 30th 2007



3707 Comments


No way dude. This is metal. Heavy Metalcore.

Mikesn
Emeritus
July 30th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

He didn't say it wasn't dood.

Anyways I got rid of this awhile ago, but I remember it being decent

LifeInABox
July 30th 2007



3707 Comments


No he was saying that WtF crushes this, but this is heavy, and that is light, so in theory, a plank of wood can't crush a block of iron, ya feel may?

HotSalvation
July 30th 2007



258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree entirely with this review except for the exclusion of Giles as one of the best songs. it's fucking classic

LifeInABox
July 30th 2007



3707 Comments


This Time Was Mine is way better that all of the reccommended tracks.

YHB
July 30th 2007



45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers everyone. :D I thought Shadows Fall were metalcore-ish, not now, but they used to be. As far as Avenged Sevenfold go, what's in the review is basically what I think about them, and although WTF is one of the best metalcore albums ever, considering the guff that's in the genre, saying that alone doesn't make it great.

And about the other tracks, I mean that every track is worth listening to, but those were the best from my memory.

sgrevs
July 30th 2007



698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is awesome. Excellent review.

Bfhurricane
July 31st 2007



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No he was saying that WtF crushes this, but this is heavy, and that is light, so in theory, a plank of wood can't crush a block of iron, ya feel may?

What I mean by crush is just simply being better. Heaver =/= better. I only mention WtF because I think its the best metalcore album ever: its simply catchier, easier to listen to, and less repetitive. And lets not start an argument over why A7X sucks, I brought that up because he mentioned it in the review. No harm intended :thumb:. And cheers back YHB

masscows
July 31st 2007



2236 Comments


idk, bloodlust of the human condition is a pretty horrible song.

6stringtaffer
July 31st 2007



25 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Unearth is a decent band, they have some really kickass riffs and i agree way better than A7X.

LifeInABox
July 31st 2007



3707 Comments


Yeah, I like Bloodlust too. I don't see that much wrong with it.

Confessed2005
August 1st 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love Unearth, they're great live too. In relation to WtF, that album is very good but A7X were never as good as Unearth. And now they're shite.

SynGates
August 1st 2007



2467 Comments


The worst Unearth song is light years better than the best A7X song.
Good joke.

But, I will agree that this album is way better than anything avenged have made. Waking the Fallen is slightly better than The Oncoming Storm though, which is still great.

LifeInABox
August 1st 2007



3707 Comments


Lol, it's so not.



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