The Oncoming Storm

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
If Unearth wanted to cover a classic Dean Martin hit, the logical choice would be 1960's "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" -- not because The Oncoming Storm sounds anything at all like the late Rat Pack crooner, but because Unearth does, in fact, feel like a kick in the head. Mercy is not a high priority on this 2004 release, which demonstrates just how nasty, punishing, and downright vicious the metalcore style can be. Some of Unearth's riffing hints at thrash metal, but The Oncoming Storm is a metalcore disc first and foremost -- and most of the bands that were part of thrash in the '80s and early '90s Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Anthrax, among others were not as harsh ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
If Unearth wanted to cover a classic Dean Martin hit, the logical choice would be 1960's "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" -- not because The Oncoming Storm sounds anything at all like the late Rat Pack crooner, but because Unearth does, in fact, feel like a kick in the head. Mercy is not a high priority on this 2004 release, which demonstrates just how nasty, punishing, and downright vicious the metalcore style can be. Some of Unearth's riffing hints at thrash metal, but The Oncoming Storm is a metalcore disc first and foremost -- and most of the bands that were part of thrash in the '80s and early '90s Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Anthrax, among others were not as harsh as Unearth. From Trevor Phipps' screaming vocals to the band's suffocating use of density, tracks like "Black Hearts Now Reign," "Lie to Purify," and "Failure" pack a brutal punch. Those who don't comprehend metalcore which is definitely an acquired taste might wonder why a disc that merits words like harsh, nasty, vicious, and punishing would appeal to anyone -- what do Unearth's fans get out of such an album? Why would they appreciate and enjoy something that's so unmusical? And the answer is that for Unearth and other metalcore units, The Oncoming Storm is all about the thrill of pure, raw exhilaration as well as emotional catharsis; Phipps' nonstop screaming is very cathartic for Unearth and their fans in the mosh pit. The Oncoming Storm falls short of remarkable, but it's a noteworthy, generally decent demonstration of metalcore's harshly exhilarating powers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • UPC: 039841447927
  • Catalog Number: 14479
  • Sales rank: 64,091

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Great Dividers (4:02)
  2. 2 Failure (3:11)
  3. 3 This Lying World (4:16)
  4. 4 Black Hearts Now Reign (4:03)
  5. 5 Zombie Autopilot (4:09)
  6. 6 Bloodlust of the Human Condition (3:28)
  7. 7 Lie to Purify (3:40)
  8. 8 Endless (3:22)
  9. 9 Aries (2:39)
  10. 10 Predetermined Sky (4:04)
  11. 11 False Idols (6:14)
  12. 12 Black Hearts Now Reign
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Unearth Primary Artist
Buz McGrath Guitar
Technical Credits
Unearth Composer, Engineer
Adam Dutkiewicz Producer, Engineer
Trevor Phipps Composer
Doug Spangenberg Video Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oncoming Storm

    At first I didn't enjoy this as much as I had anticipated. The more I listened to it, the more I got used to it. Now it is one of the better hardcore albums I own. One thing I have to say about this lead guitarist: he can seriously shred on that instrument. His solos were amazing. I enjoyed them as much as a good Metallica solo. Thanks for incorporating solos into your brand of music. I wish others would follow suit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally outstanding metalcore/grindcore!

    Unearth's first full length album definently proves that there is life yet in the grincore scene of today, not conforming to the current nasaly singing of piss-poor imitators like Thrice and AFI. Phipp's constant and unrelenting screaming vocals are a demenstration of exhilirating rawness, never showing mercy to anything or anyone. The drumming is an awesome, riff-oriented double-bass onslaught, and the pounding bass streamlines the riffs perfectly. But what's that I hear? A little Gothenburg in those dueling guitars (check out the song "Failure"). The guitar work on this album really must be commended, as it is not only the band's trademark, but is insanely heavy yet startlingly melodic at the same time. "Black Hearts now Reign", "Bloodlust of the Human Condition", and the album's undeniable shot of awesome melodic power, the aforementioned "Failure" anchor this fantastic grindcore opus of amazing proportions. The only drawback is the relatively short shelf-life of the album, but that is of little relevance, considering Unearth's competion possess none of their endearing qualities. Definently a breath of fresh air.

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    Posted June 27, 2011

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