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  • Audio CD (13 Oct. 2008)
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  • Label: Metal Blade Records
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Unearth are one of the most consistent metal bands out there, with no weak albums in their repertoire. 'The March' is no exception.

This album actually grew on me faster than any of the others, which is a testament to the slightly shorter and more catchy songs, which have fortunately not lost any of the band's characteristic heaviness. Musically the album is excellent with superb riffing and melodic solos and aggressive vocals. As a drummer I've always rated Unearth's rhythm section - the drumming is actually a little simpler on 'The March' than previous albums, but it fits the music well and is still impressive in parts.

The songs are excellent, I imagine 'We Are Not Anonymous' will be released as a single as it is definitely the most radio friendly of the tracks. Personally I think 'The Chosen' is the best on the album, with some awesome old-school riffing. If you're a fan of metal, you won't be disappointed with this. Overall, excellent stuff.
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One of the best metalcore albums of all time. Still making me pumped even though this has been out years ago. Really digging the melodic and the catchy stuff in this album. Made you reminiscing the good old days of metalcore era too. Metalcore nowadays has been kinda weak, repetitive and boring. And that's the reason why i'm listening back to this old but gold tunes. Worth to be added to your collection and a good references for younger bands too.
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Great metalcore band!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious! 17 Oct. 2008
By Brian A. Krol - Published on
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Just as the subject of this review, this is a glorious return to form for the Boston metallers UNEARTH. ADAM D is back behind the scenes producing for this band. If anyone fully understand Unearth's sound it is Adam D. His production on the ONCOMING STORM helped propel the band into the metal mainstream helping them become the most success full and arguably the best metalcore band of all time!

I won't do a song to song breakdown (no pun intended), but I will reveal what elements of their sound made this album great. The infamous 7-Stingers Buz McGrath and Ken Susi deliver their best outing with blazing solos and sweeps to make any guitar guru's face melt off. I know Adam had a lot to do with pushing Ken + BUZ to their full potential.

Next, the Vocals. Trevor Phipps is at his best here! The lyrics are as always, in my opinion, some of the most thought out ideas in the metal scene today. The production of the vocals on this record are the best to date for an Unearth album. Once again Adam D at his finest, knowing Unearth's sound and the importance Trevor's voice contributes to it. I did not like how the vocals sounded in III: IN the Eyes of Fire, so I am glad it was done right here. His voice sounds more commanding and powerful then ever before. His voice is always one of the best parts of Unearth's live shows. His deliverance and enthusiasm always ensues chaos out on the dance floor!

Slo's provides his best bass lines to date on this release. If you watched the band's recent DVD, you will know Slo is a very smart man. He is a poker genius and has an IQ through the roof! It is unfortunate that he does not get the credit he deserves for his work, of course having to take a backseat to the fury of Ken & Buz's guitar work! Let me say, well done SLO!

Over the last year Unearth lost a great drummer, arguably one of the best in today's metal scene. Mike Justian was a gigantic reason for Unearth's might! That being said, they could not have found a better replacement. Seemless's Derek Kerswill, delivers one hell of a performance on this effort, filling gigantic shoes behind the kit for the band. Derek is a much better member for this band; he is a long time friend of the band, unlike Mike who was brought in from the Red Chord after their previous drummer quit to quickly learn the songs for THE ONCOMING STORM. He adds a dynamic to this band's chemistry that can only help to play out to Unearth's advantage in future offerings to come.

In closing: This record is amazing ladies and gentlemen! Do not read this review and go download it! Scroll up now and add this to your cart. 10 dollars is nothing for this amazing piece of work! Support this band and go see them live. Unearth is simply the greatest live act in today's metal scene. Buying this record is only 1/2 the full Unearth experience. Go to their myspace and find out when they are coming to your town. Thank you, *horns*!
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By M. Smith - Published on
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Before I discuss The March, lets discuss In The Eyes of Fire first. In the Eyes of Fire was a boring cd that sacrificed everything that made them good in order to become more heavy. What ended up as the result was a long boring album that was slow in too many places, ditched melody for heaviness, and had way too many breakdowns. Many feared that The March would end up just like In The Eyes of Fire, and well, today is judgement day for Unearth.

Did Unearth redeem themselves with The March? Will The March bring all of their old fans back from the days of The Oncoming Storm?


As you probably guessed, YES!!! YES!!! As soon as you hit play, you will be greeted by a scorching guitar solo that will instantly destroy any doubts or things you held against this band after listening to III. Trevor has returned to his old style of vocals from their second album The Oncoming Storm, which is a good thing in my opinion because there is far more conviction in his delivery on this record. Their new drummer Derek Kerswill is decent but their return to their former sound makes up for any of the flaws in Derek's playing.

1. MY WILL BE DONE sets the mood for the entire album because it not only displays their amazingly catchy harmonies (think the riff in the intro to Zombie Autopilot), but it marks the returns of Unearth's wicked guitar solos and their original sound which is something all of us Unearth fans have been waiting years for.
2. HAIL THE SHRINE is another great song with a brutal guitar riff during the verses, a really catchy chorus, and ends in a killer breakdown. The lyrics are really good as well, during the chorus, Trevor declares "Believe my every word/Believe and I will protect you/So criticize/Bow down you might meet your maker." This is easily one of the best songs off of this album simply because the lyrics work so well with the guitars.
3. CROW KILLER is another song that features an incredibly catchy and technical riff that lasts through the entire song. The only problem with the main riff is that it makes the solo look lackluster because it is so complex.
4. GRAVE OF OPPORTUNITY begins with a slow melodic introduction, then immediately kicks off to a really fast riff. The bridge consists of clean guitar backed up by a distorted guitar, and leads into a short solo which goes right back into the incredible main riff. An amazing song which will be even better live in the pits.
5. WE ARE NOT ANONYMOUS leads off with an insanely complex lead on the guitars before leading into a Gothenburg-esque melody which starts and stops throughout the song. The song constantly becomes more complex as it moves on, giving it a fresh feel and never lets the riff get old or boring. The solo after the breakdown is really good and leads back into the complex lead established in the beginning of the song. Yet another great song, I would not be surprised if this was put into Rock Band or something---it is that catchy and technical.
6. THE MARCH has a dark feel to it set by the the bass and the guitars and slow-paced drumming. While it does not come off as a good song on the first listen, it will grow on you as you listen to the album a couple more times. Good song.
7. CUTMAN is easily the best song on this entire album. It opens with a STUNNING lead, which builds up into a very fast and heavy riff backed up by Derek on the kit. This will most definitely be a crowd pleaser at future Unearth shows, the main riff SCREAMS circle pits to me. Trevor's voice just plain sells this song to you the second it begins. This is easily up there as one of their best songs to date, although it does not match This Lying World or Black Hearts Now Reign.
8. THE CHOSEN stands out as one of the most unique songs Unearth has written to date. It's heavy, but it sounds more anthemic than their other songs on this album let alone their entire catalog of music. The song is perfect to listen to before a game to get fired up.
9. LETTING GO is a display of both Unearth's melodic side and their heavy side. While it is a huge change in pace from the other songs on this cd because it is the slowest song on the album, it is much reminiscent of The Oncoming Storm in the sense that it fits perfectly in between THE CHOSEN and TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCE on the album just how ARIES did between ENDLESS and PREDETERMINED SKY.
10. TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCE closes the album on a dark note. It begins with a soaring melody in the beginning, and goes into a riff that sounds ominous. The melody of the song fades out and ends the record.

BEST SONGS: Cutman, Hail the Shrine, We Are Not Anonymous, My Will Be Done, The Chosen, Grave of Opportunity, The March

Unearth has redeemed itself in my book with The March, I think it even surpasses The Oncoming Storm because it is produced and written so well. The skill of all of the musicians in this band is simply undeniable. Their catchy melodies, scorching guitar riffs, and aggressiveness keep the music fresh and interesting. While some listeners may think that Trevor's voice is bad(I personally don't), the band just simply wouldn't sound good without him. He shows an exceptional amount of passion and delivery in his voice, which I haven't seen in many other bands.

The March may alienate people who got turned onto Unearth by In The Eyes of Fire simply because it sounds less heavy guitar-wise and utilizes more melodies than any of the songs on III did. It may also come off as just another Unearth album at first, but I can guarantee you it will grow on you after a couple of listens if you let it.

This is easily the best metal album of 2008 (yes this may be subjective to some, but I loved this far more than the new albums by All Shall Perish and The Haunted), and I highly recommend buying this. I also recommend seeing this band live because the music sounds far better and they put on an incredibly good show.

EDIT: Didn't realize the bonus track was on most American copies of this album as well. The copy I have somehow does not have the hidden track on it. My bad. It's still really good though, highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Core Less Metal 20 Oct. 2008
By Lando - Published on
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First off let me say that In The Eyes Of Fire is to date, Unearth's finest hour. That album kicked you in the teeth from start to finish and every song had an amazing hook at some point in it. It was a little more metal than The Oncoming Storm and the guitars cut through me like a buzzsaw. I don't really like reviewing albums until I have fully digested them and although The March hasn't left my CD player since last Tuesday, I still don't think I have let the songs grow on me enough. This album is definitely more hardcore. The riffs and breakdowns all have that east coast hardcore feel. So far the songs that have really jumped out at me are Grave of Opportunity and both parts of the untitled track. Maybe I will come back and write another review after letting the album sink in but for right now I will say that it rocks but isn't quite as good as In The Eyes Of Fire, but I don't know if Unearth will ever be able to top that masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Allegiance Lies Here 15 Nov. 2014
By Khyron - Published on
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Just as we can now look back on The Clash’s ‘London Calling,’ Bad Brains’ ‘Rock For Light’ and Quicksand’s ‘Slip’ as landmark recordings of Punk, Hardcore and Post-Hardcore respectively, we can now begin to look at the recordings that will fall under the rather wide banner of Metalcore and begin to single out the high watermarks. Unearth’s 2008 release, ‘The March,’ absolutely deserves to be part of that discussion. Perhaps the purest and most evenly balanced metal record of the new millennium, ‘The March’ is in many respects the standard-bearer of the genre; a sonic blueprint if you will for what a Metalcore record can and should sound like.

Easily one of the most prolific modern metal producers, Adam Dutkiewicz returned to helm the soundboard on this, the band’s fourth LP. Without belaboring a point I’ve made several times before, his absence on Unearth’s previous outing, ‘III: In The Eyes Of Fire’ was glaring and, through the lens of history, unforgiveable. Perhaps realizing that the unbearably loud thumbprint that Terry Date placed on that recording was not something they wished to repeat, Dutkiewicz was brought back in, presumably to assist in righting the ship. And right it they did. The sound here is so clean and crisp; the balance and layering of instruments done so well that the recording has an almost zen-like feel to it. One does not need to be an audiophile to appreciate the way in which every instrument, including Trevor Phipps’ vocals, have been layered within a whisper of perfection- allowing the listener to pick out each instrument at any given point in any song.

As the two releases that followed ‘The March’ have made demonstrably clear, this band is defined by the inspired, synchronous twin-lead guitar work of Buz McGrath and Ken Susi. On this record, ferocious and technically stunning leads on ‘My Will Be Done,’ ‘Crow Killer’ and the title track amongst others first engage and then demand the listener’s attention. On no other Unearth song is this truer than on ‘Crow Killer.’ Featuring one of many start-stop breakdowns culled directly from the post-hardcore movement, the track pivots on a menacing lead following the second chorus, invoking both Maiden and Priest in the process. That’s a lot of ground to cover in less than four minutes.

Though I’ve lumped praise upon both Mike Justian as well as the band’s new drummer, Nick Pierce, the absence of a human octopus keeping time on this record may actually be preferrable. John Maggard’s bass is presented better here than on any other recording. Trevor Phipps voice, which has recently taken on a new life as a rabid scream-growl hybrid, compliments the rhythm section remarkably well, allowing the lead guitars on ‘We Are Not Anonymous’ and ‘Letting Go’ to rise comfortably above the other instruments. Again, the sonic balance struck on this record is unparalleled.

And it’s that balance that permits appreciation of the various genres and styles incorporated here. ‘The March’ truly skates the knife’s edge between Euro-Metal and American Post Hardcore. Nearly every track features a breakdown any fan of Snapcase would recognize, while at the same time incorporating the thunderous pulse of Meshuggah and the clean, electrified groove of In Flames. This amalgamation of crunch and technicality is the hallmark of Metalcore and ‘The March’ is arguably the best representation of the balance being struck between the two.

Of the bands six studio albums to be released to date, ‘The March’ is far and away the band’s most accessible, both in regards to sonic presentation and song structure. The follow-up, ‘Darkness In The Light’ would continue in this vein, while ratcheting up both speed and technicality several notches. Their most recent album, ‘Watchers Of Rule,’ finds the band abandoning almost every semblance of melody for unabashed chaotic doom. Though many will rightfully cite ‘The Oncoming Storm’ as Unearth’s best recording, ‘The March’ is perhaps their most important. History will ultimately determine which recordings from any given band’s catalog are the most enduring. As far as this fan is concerned, however, outshining this album will be a daunting task indeed for Unearth.

At least they have something to work towards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unearth's masterwork 4 Dec. 2012
By A. Stutheit - Published on
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On full-length release number four, Unearth finally knock one out of the park. It continues the band's tradition of gradually becoming "more metal," a trend started back with 2006's "III: In The Eyes Of Fire," and is completed here. Yes, there are some metalcore clichés present, here, like chugga-chugga breakdowns, At The Gates-derived galloping rhythms, and In Flames-stylized harmonies. But for the most part, 2008's "The March" is metalcore only in attitude. It is mostly a thrash and groove metal album, albeit one that is mixed with melodeath.

Of course, "The March" is also of note for being highlighted by some of Massachusetts-based quintet's best and most epic and dynamic/diverse songwriting to date. After releasing a few promising and potential-filled -- but ultimately monotonous-sounding -- albums (i.e. 2004's "The Oncoming Storm") in the past, Unearth finally offset their unbridled metal attack with a touch of nuance, and an increased sense of melody. And such a counterbalance of brutality and epic melody works to excellent -- and frequently quite amazing -- effect. Plus, one must not forget to mention the fact that this is a concept album. According to frontman Trevor Phipps, his lyricism this time around tells the story from both sides of the coin: The hopeful side of humanity, and the evil side. (The former represents Phipps' faith in mankind, and the latter details man's constant strive for money and power.)

"My Will Be Done" opens with some nice, Necrophagist-like guitar harmonies laid over booming rhythms before turning to a powerful, inexorably hard-driving main riff, and thunderous, moshcore-worthy breakdowns. Also included, here, is a killer melodic guitar break with harmonized and wailing solos and siren-like guitar and keyboard harmonies. "Crow Killer" works in likewise fashion: Beginning with a harmonic guitar intro before charging straight ahead with a full-on metalcore assault, and tucking in a nice, winding melodic solo before the end. And so does "Hail The Shrine," although this tune does vary the formula a little. It begins as a building, ascending, and terrifically slow burning tune before eventually hitting full stride with blistering, sprinting, abrasively grinding riffage and deft, pounding blast beats. The tune eventually shifts in a mid-tempo, chugging breakdown, as well as some semi-melodic vocals and distant, backing harmonies.

"Gang Of Opportunity" is highlighted by a catchy, gang-style shouted part that rocks really hard; and the subsequent "We Are Not Anonymous" backs chunky power chords and power metal-lite guitar harmonies with tight, forceful, and propulsive double-time drumming. The title track features a catchy, chugging, galloping main riff anchored by thundering drums. And John Maggard completes the rhythm section by laying down some strong, fast, and steady bass lines. "Cutman" is a particularly thrashy number which interlocks buzzsaw riffing with impeccable, machine gun drumming.

"The Chosen" is very possibly the highlight of the album. It begins with fiery, angry, busy thrash picking and catchy and inspired vocal patterns (including an old-school hardcore-flavored chorus). It eventually segues into a proggy section with a very exceptional, winding, and impressive melodic solo. Following the solo, the band seems content just to casually shred and fade-out; but then the thunderous main riff comes slamming back onto the scene. The end result is a positively epic and eminently memorable song. "Letting Go" is a full-on metalcore bruiser which plods along at a mid-tempo pace and with a chunky, galloping riff. Then, following the much slower and more restrained and richly-textured "Truth Or Consequence," comes closing blast, "Our Callous Skin." Unearth dig deep and plow through this song, a knock-out blow of pummeling blasts, thunderous rhythms, and brutal, hardcore-inflected thrash riffing. (Seriously, the guitar work in this song is some of the band's best to date -- it remains highly intricate, inventive, and technical throughout this song.)

The bottom line? "The March," which is easily Unearth's best album to date, is the great album that everybody knew the band had in them, but until this point, never got around to releasing. Therefore, it ought to be deemed as just about an essential listen for both fans and newcomers alike.
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