Massachusetts metallers UNEARTH have entered the studio with producer Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, TRIVIUM) to begin pre-production on their new album, tentatively due in September/October. The band, whose long-term deal with Metal Blade Records recently expired, is rumored to have signed a new recording agreement with eOne.
Speaking to Horns Up Rocks! earlier this month, UNEARTH vocalist Trevor Phipps stated about the group's label situation: "Right now, the label is up the air. There's a few that might be it. But I'm sure we'll have a solid home by next week or the week after."
Asked what happened with Metal Blade, Trevor replied: "They could be one of the homes. It's just our contract was up and we're talking to other people. Metal Blade's a great label and they could be where we end up, but we'll see."
UNEARTH began 2013 in a big way on tour alongside WHITECHAPEL and EMMURE. The "Brothers Of Brutality Tour" kicked off on January 8 in Knoxville, Tennessee and wrapped on February 11 in New York City.
UNEARTH bassist John "Slo" Maggard sat out the "Brothers Of Brutality Tour" in order to "take care of personal matters at home." He was temporarily replaced by Matt DeVries (FEAR FACTORY, ex-CHIMAIRA).
UNEARTH's latest album, "Darkness In The Light", sold 6,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "The March", opened with around 11,000 units back in October 2008 to land at No. 45.
"Darkness In The Light" was recorded at Zing Studios in Westfield, Massachusetts with producer (and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist) Adam Dutkiewicz. The effort was mixed by Mark Lewis from Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida.