New England metal giants UNEARTH are currently gearing up for their upcoming tour with TESTAMENT, which kicks off on May 2 in Seattle. The band is touring to support their critically acclaimed album, "The March", which hit streets on October 14, 2008 and debuted at No. 45 on The Billboard 200. Revolver magazine called "The March" a "magnificently majestic group effort" and praised it as "some of the smartest writing in metal."
Vocalist Trevor Phipps comments: "I've been a fan of TESTAMENT since I was a kid, so it'll be a great time each night for me. It's always fun to play our set, and it'll be awesome to catch TESTAMENT after we play. We're gonna have six weeks of good times. It will also be cool to tour with our labelmates, [openers] LAZARUS A.D. They're on their first record with Metal Blade. I heard their album last night, and it had some great shred parts. This whole tour is going to be a shred fest for sure!"
"Being such big fans of TESTAMENT, and to see this new appreciation of heavy thrash music, especially with the kids, is really something special," added UNEARTH drummer Derek Kerswill. "Between TESTAMENT, us, and LAZARUS A.D., it's a cool family of traveling thrash ridiculousness. We're thankful to be out with a band that we're not only fans of, but that slays are hard as they do. It blows my mind that the guys in TESTAMENT in their 40s, and they're throwing down harder than kids in their 20s. We're out there preaching the metal gospel, so the kids better bring a helmet 'cuz we'll be knocking down walls everywhere we play!"
On March 19, UNEARTH teamed up with Artificial Army to shoot a video for the song "Grave of Opportunity". The clip's release will coincide with the TESTAMENT tour.
"The March" sold around 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The limited European-exclusive edition of "The March" includes a bonus track called "Our Callous Skin" and an exclusive bonus DVD featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the record, directed by Doug Spangenberg. This limited edition comes in a high-class digibook with special format. The limited LP was released on colored and 180g heavy vinyl in a gatefold sleeve and printed innerbag. It includes a unique download card to login on a dedicated page where fans can download the full album for free.