Massachusetts metallers UNEARTH will begin 2013 in a big way on tour alongside WHITECHAPEL and EMMURE. The "Brothers Of Brutality Tour" will kick off on January 8 in Knoxville, Tennessee and wrap up February 11 in New York City.
Commented UNEARTH vocalist Trevor Phipps: "[Bassist] John 'Slo' Maggard will, unfortunately, be sitting out the 'Brothers Of Brutality Tour' this coming January/February. His absence is simply to take care of personal matters at home and is only temporary. Slo will remain a member of UNEARTH moving forward and is actively involved in the writing process for our next album, which we plan to record and release some time in 2013. Luckily, our longtime friend Matt DeVries (FEAR FACTORY, ex-CHIMAIRA) will be taking over bass duties for the tour. Slo will certainly be missed on this tour, but having DeVries on board is something we are all looking forward to. He's a true pro, a great performer and one of our closest friends in the business. Good times ahead!"
Added DeVries: "I couldn't be more excited to be filling in on bass for my longtime friends in UNEARTH on the upcoming 'Brothers Of Brutality Tour'. They are like family to me, and I'm extremely happy to step up to the plate for my good buddy Slo!"
UNEARTH's new 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 (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, TRIVIUM) from Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida.