Unearth – The Swarm: A Video Breakdown

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Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Mosh.

Unearth usually falls under the generic “New Wave Of American Heavy Metal” tag that was bestowed on a few bands that gained popularity in the early 2000’s. While they were contemporaries of bands like Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage, touring with both on the Headbangers Ball tour, Unearth always had more of a hardcore bent to their sound. Breakdowns, no clean vocals, and a more straight-forward aggression set Unearth apart and, one can argue, may have kept them from reaching the upper echelon of American metal. The upside, though, is that Unearth has managed to continue where similar bands such as Shadows Fall and God Forbid have called it quits. And hey, they’re still making music videos. Let’s see how “The Swarm” stacks up.

0:03: Wait, what band is this again?
0:08: I see wut u did dere.
0:11: Whoa whoa whoawhoawhoawhoa
0:15: Since when did Unearth become so shreddy? How long have I been asleep?
0:20: And when did they get a machine gun for a drummer?
0:24: Um, can someone close the curtains? It’s a little bright.
0:30: Oh man, when did WWE wrestler Dean Ambrose join Unearth?
0:40: Lens flare!
0:43: Lens flare!
0:46: First Piss Christ, now Blood Guitarist
0:50: Lens flare!
0:55: Lens…aw forget it.
0:58: Was this video directed by J.J. Abrams?
1:00: Is the cameraman drunk?
1:10: Or possibly really, really high?
1:14: Yes bartender, I’d like a Bloody Susi please. Extra celery.
1:22: The singer could really use some Beard Completer. He’s so close!
1:30: That digital sun is really hard on the old peepers. Can we get some digital blinds?
1:35: I love the paper football game!
1:41: Come on, you’re not even playing.
1:44: Bounce!
1:55: Mom, do you ever get that “Not so fresh feeling?”
2:03: They’re gunna crash! Look out!
2:12: Sorry ladies. He’s taken.
2:20: This is probably a good time to remind you that Unearth guitarist Ken Susi was in an emo rock band with both Adam D of Killswitch Engage, Karrie Whitfield of The Acacia Strain and Derek Kerswill of Seemless. Here’s a video to prove it.
2:29: At least Unearth still has some weedilies and deedilies.
2:39: I do miss the endless breakdowns though.
2:44: Can someone get this cameraman some Diazepam or some beta blockers. Anything to stop the constant woozy shots.
2:50: He has a microphone? Has he been using it this whole time?
2:59: Spinkick time!
3:17: Why even bother with a mic when you barely use it?
3:26: One more Lens Flare! For old time’s sake

Another video breakdown is in the books. What did you think? Was the green screen all that you’d hoped for? Are you now partially blind from all the lens flares? Did you break anything while throwing multiple spinkicks and windmills?

Unearth’s latest album “Watchers Of Rule” is available now.

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    • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

      He’s already gone?

      • I don’t know, but, I have been waiting for almost a month to use this image and I am elated at the chance to!

        GL

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

          I do like the image. It’s very funny because of the caption.

          • Gurptitude

            Captions are indeed the reason image macros are often thought of as funny.

          • that is a statement to which DDubya would cosign and Stockhausen would say, “that is a statement with which i would agree”

          • DDubya.

            Cosigned.

      • …and you were just starting to warm up to him!

      • EsusMoose

        He’s probably lurking, watching over us, building up his anger to comment again when he sees something he doesn’t like

        • he sure knows reads the site a lot for someone who hates all the articles.

          • EsusMoose

            He also seems to know the community well enough to comment on some of us. Guess he just lives off hating things

          • All I have to say is no one talks to Papa Joe like that and gets away with it, lol

            GL

    • MoshOff

      Monday – Monday

    • Tyree
      • JWG

        Roses are red,
        violets are blue.
        I’m a schizophrenic,
        and so am I…

    • DDubya.

      Please submit a formal written request to use my likeness in your memes.

    • Between The Buried & Smee

      New bob was almost the exact opposite of old bob. Old bob would have agreed that clapping is stupid.

    • Who?

  • MoshOff

    Unearth released the best album of 2014 no one cared about.

    And they’ve been pretty shreddy since they started.

  • I have an unabashed love for Unearth.

    GL

    • Stanley

      This album almost made my 2014 best of list. It’s just a little to noisy compared to their other albums. The whole album is like crashing into a brick wall (which isn’t always a bad thing) but there’s not enough dynamics for my liking.

      • That is a fair assessment. Although much like a “brick wall”, it sure is crushing!

        GL

      • CT-12

        Any recommendations on good albums by them? I liked this song, but haven’t really checked out any other Unearth (though I wish they didn’t breakdown as much, from what I’ve heard, they sound super out-of-place).

        • Stanley

          First off, I think that we can all agree that there are too many breakdowns. To be honest, I just sort of tolerate them as the rest of the guitar playing is beyond excellent. I think that Buz and Ken are one of the best guitar duos in the business.

          I think The Oncoming Storm is probably there most liked album. This is when they were the most At The Gates-y.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je-3J6xn4Wg&spfreload=10

          III: In the Eyes of Fire is my least favorite as a whole but has one of their best songs – Giles (the drumming is magnificent). Production on this album is poor and there weren’t enough hooks for me.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzI8GboCdl4&spfreload=10

          The March is my favorite. Check out Grave of Opportunity (the middle section is great) and The Chosen for one of the sweetest solos ever.

          http://youtu.be/GtQMtKGoDiE?t=1m59s

          On Darkness In The Light they started getting darker but there is still a lot of twin guitar melody.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9e1fN_o_08&spfreload=10

          And you know what they now sound like on Watchers of Rule as you’ve watched the video above. A lot more noisy.

          Hope that helps.

          PS. I don’t like metalcore so what do I know.

          • CT-12

            Dayum son! Thanks for the in-depth hookup!

          • Stanley

            It’s what we’re all here for!

          • facesrightbelow

            Submit to the Porcelain Bowl

    • me2, buddy. me2.

  • Tyree
  • Mother Shabubu III

    PLZ do “Badaboom” by Van Canto next.

  • EsusMoose

    I thought the really melodic part was alright and made me wonder why I wrote them off. Then the breakdowns came. Good job coreing it to hell. Is core a verb? I don’t care it’s one right now

  • KJM

    +1 for the Dean Ambrose reference.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

      I love Ambrose. He’s one of my favorites as well as Ziggler, Cesaro and Curtis Axel.

      • KJM

        I keep trying to remind myself that(with the exception of Ambrose) even though they get stuck in shitty storylines they’re still getting paid good cash to be there.

  • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

    So Unearthed weren’t as good as I never remembered. And this did not change much that wasn’t going to change anyways.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    separation from the highest god/archetype manifestations—as pre planned 6th chakra attack assaults the highest aspirations of man—as to use god as a “metaphor” is excluded from conversation–because people are “bitchasses” and thinK that if they mention the word “god” —that it will somehow “jinx” them===so they over–react with fear–and also some use it as an excuse for genocide—
    cause they are actually cut off from their “6th chakra”(highest imagination,”third eye”)==

    to use “god” as a metaphor–is too much of a “hot potato” for some—and they end up injured—cuz they follow “fear”—and dont think enuff of themselves–to stick with it as a “metaphor’—and fall into a tv created “addiction” style fantasy—and think that just by using the word “god”—that they will somehow fallinto a spiral of negation–and eventual masochistic slavery

    there is no “god”

    to insult all highest imagination–in broad stroaks

    bludgeoning–sloppy—

    1st vid–muted
    2nd vid-100%vol
    both at once
    http://youtu.be/iBqcAhmnWZ4

    http://youtu.be/u7isxoTIeYM

    • EsusMoose

      I have some Imperial triumphant going on instead. Ice cream and black metal seem too good of a combination to pass up

  • BLXKKBEXRD

    I could have posted in the other. But I didnt.

    • BLXKKBEXRD

      ITS SO LOUD IN MY APARTMENT RIGHT NOW

      • DDubya.

        Dat low end rumble. Doesn’t it all feel monumental?

        • BLXKKBEXRD

          Man. Its better than you led on. It scared my old lady. That’s a win.

    • DDubya.

      Beauty

      • BLXKKBEXRD

        I didn’t realize that my crotch was in this until now. Is that the beauty you speak of?

  • Unrelated to the video, but apparently Kelly Clarkson is music to slay posers to:

  • so i really can’t hate on them, as they were a great gateway band for a young McNulty… and their music holds up way better than bands like Shadows Fall and God Forbid!

    • EsusMoose

      Not a fan of any of them but Force-fed by God Forbid is great to work out to.

    • Spear

      Not gonna lie, I’m super on board with this song, breakdowns and all.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

      I saw Shadows Fall in 2013. It’s a shame they are disbanded as they were awesome live.

    • If you haven’t, you should check out this newest album. Shit shreds.

  • Tyree
  • KJM

    Gods fucking dammit, I missed a troll?

    • BLXKKBEXRD

      He was pretty unremarkable as far as trolls go. There wasn’t even any sexism or racism.

      • KJM

        It looked like a “I hate everything about this place but still come here every day” troll.

      • Not even a rant about how Obama’s responsible for something totally not related to politics?

        • BLXKKBEXRD

          The KKK was responsible for post-impressionism!!!!!!!!!!!!

          —- – – – — — – ——- — — — —– ——

  • So were these guys considered one of those 2nd rate At the Gates bands back in the day? They sure do sound like it. It’s also a shame that dude cannot grow a full beard in his mid 30’s.

    • BLXKKBEXRD

      I’m going to start a NPO to help save guys like him from an embarrassing life as an effeminate manchild.

  • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

    Also. This video is not available in Funland. Flush you, all of you

  • JWG

    I appreciate some of these visual aides more than others.

    I’m kind of lost at Pro Wrestling references from any time after that year that WWE bought all of its immediate competition (and proceeded to screw up both out of petty historical vindictiveness that made no more sense once they owned them).

    I think you’d have to be living under a rock (a very dark one) not to get the J.J. Abrams references, though.

    • KJM

      Check out indie wrestling feds like ROH, PWG, CZW & Evolve if you still care.

      • JWG

        ROH is on late at night on one of our local basic cable channels.

        The fact that it starts at 12:30 means I don’t usually get through more than the first half hour; but that’s more need for sleep than boredom.

        • KJM

          You can watch ROH tv for free on their website as well.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            Tully Blanchard followed me on Twitter! I’m so fucking happy!

          • KJM

            That’s cool. A few of the indie women wrestlers follow me, the most notable being Havok from TNA.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            Isn’t Havok apparently leaving TNA? I’ve heard that rumor recently.

          • KJM

            Bullshit concocted by tabloids. She wasn’t booked on their UK tour because her Grandfather passed away and her family is being hit hard with last expenses. Also, TNA is allowing their talent to work indie shows on the side now. Havok appeared at the Shine iPPV last Friday night and that’s what started the stupid rumors flying.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            I didn’t know that. Give her my condolences.

          • KJM

            Thanks.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            You’re welcome.

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            dark haired damsels >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

          • KJM

            Another one follows me that I talk to a bit more is Leva Bates. She does a cosplay gimmick.

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            *grimaces at “gimmick”

            *raises sword*
            *casts any spell*
            *erection

          • KJM

            She also makes all her own costumes.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

        My area’s a big hub for independent pro wrestling events and signings. A big event is going to a school near me in April which had Harlem Heat, Alberto Del Rio, John Morrison and Matt Hardy. Another event with Rhyno and Sabu is coming near here on the 7th of February.

        • KJM

          Almost no wrestling comes to the Boston area anymore. It’s freakin’ annoying.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

    Where’s Howard Dean? Is he still getting over Gary Sinise criticizing him?

    • Howard Dean

      I had a very busy day, JJD. Just catching up with the ToH now.

      When did I get criticized by Gary Sinise? Did I miss something?

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

        I must be thinking of a different Howard Dean.

      • Scrimm

        He didn’t like your comments about Murican Sniper.

        • Howard Dean

          Lieutenant Dan just needs some ice cream.

          • Scrimm

            I think so. He seemed a little bit too worked up over really nothing.

  • JWG

    And speaking, as I was, of old school Pro Wrestling, this was interesting news from my ‘upcoming indie horror film’ Twitter List:

    https://twitter.com/theCHAIRhorror/status/559804151610494976

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

      I’m going to see this movie solely because of this news.

      • JWG

        Roddy Piper is also on the cast. I should have mentioned that first.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

          Even better. He’s doing a signing near me. I’m so going to it.

  • Stanley

    I’m off to see Wovenwar in a few hours. I’ll be home in bed before Periphery come on. 🙂

    #GuiltyPleasure

    • BLXKKBEXRD

      not Wovenhand 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

      • Stanley

        Nope. But that would be sweet tour though.

      • The Bestest Tapir

        You don’t like Wovenhand, Mr. Militant Atheist.

        • BLXKKBEXRD

          I just wanted to fit in 🙁

          • The Bestest Tapir

            No fitting in allowed!

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            Would tapir /11

          • The Bestest Tapir

            ..

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            I just love how rigid and plastic your face looks. Like its a container that could hold water. So sexy

    • lol @ seeing Wovenwar over Periphery.
      wat.

      • Stanley

        Ha. I did stay to see a couple of Periphery songs. I haven’t really heard them before so I thought I would at least see what’s going on. After two songs, I left. I was surprised by the low attendance. I think the place (the Fillmore) was only about half full. Very surprised as I thought Periphery were kind of a big band.

  • duuude.. this video have so many lens flares that I think I came back to 2009..

    I don’t know why, but this music makes me forget about my druidic arts and start spinning kicking as hell: http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100409000156/streetfighter/images/8/84/Guy-spinkick.gif