Originally written by Jason Jordan.
Stop me if you’ve heard this introduction before: “Now I know it’s been too long in waiting, but MetalReview is pleased to finally bring you a metalcore review.” Sounds vaguely familiar to me, too, so I’ll change direction from hereon out. Anyway, Unearth have returned (sort of), with a new album (sort of), that’s bound to please audiences (sort of). While I think of Our Days of Eulogy as a decent platter of refined-yet-innocuous metalcore, only those who can handle a sizeable portion of this particular style will find it to their liking.
What this is, as it must be explained, is a combination of the band’s discography excluding their two full-lengths, namely The Stings of Conscience and The Oncoming Storm. So the overall package consists of their debut EP Above the Fall of Man (1999), the Endless EP (2002), and an assortment of audio-only tracks from their Live in Long Island DVD shot in 2004. The live tracks sound great as they emanate a commendable production job, and I enjoy the fact that the label didn’t cut out ambient tidbits such as audience members’ singing, Phipps’s (vocals) minimalist banter in between songs, and other things. Still, even when weighing the quality of the live recordings, I can’t help but announce that live albums don’t do much for me. Thus, it’s good that Our Days of Eulogy contains studio material. Endless EP is an example of calculated metalcore in the vein of As I Lay Dying, and it was sandwiched in between the band’s freshman and sophomore full-lengths; it’s pretty standard fare, but it gets the job done I suppose. More interesting is Above the Fall of Man EP, which was Unearth’s first output, because it showcases an up-and-coming group in the throes of the underground with overwhelming success to come later. Naturally, their earliest work is a tiny bit more raw and hardcore than their later efforts.
When shining a flashlight on even the strongest moments of Our Days of Eulogy, it becomes apparent that this is mostly for rabid fans, as the disc is more sickly and weak than it first appears. If one purchases this, though, then the only albums left to obtain are the two companions. I won’t attempt to dissuade, but I’ll admit that I can’t recommend this to anybody except metalcore aficionados, Unearth disciples, and the filthy rich. In short, no one who visits this site. That was a joke people. Lighten up.