UNEARTH have set "III: In the Eyes of Fire" as the title of their new album, due on August 8 via Metal Blade Records. The CD is being recorded at a Seattle studio with producer Terry Date (PANTERA, DEFTONES).
Commented the band in a statement: "'III: In the Eyes of Fire' is our angriest, darkest, fastest and heaviest record to date. The title is a reflection of a couple different things for us. For starters it puts us in the place of our current worldly events. Last record we wrote about things brewing all around us in politics, environmental issues and war, but this record deals with the effects of those very things and the consequences we are all dealing with right now and will continue to deal with until changes are made. We are in our nations most critical point since the '60s and more importantly devastation looms in the near future if we continue to make mistake after mistake with unjust wars and environmental disregard. The title also represents the personal struggles we all face day to day and our constant battles to overcome adversity. We cannot fucking wait to show people what we have in store with this record."
Check out studio reports from guitarist Ken Susi at MetalBlade.com.
Regarding the bandd's decision to work with Date on the new CD, Susi recently told MTV.com, "We had other producers in mind, and we'd locked in a producer who's an amazing talent and shall remain nameless. But Terry stepped in at the right time and had the right things to tell us. He had dinner over my family's house, and we just sat around talking about music and life. He just seemed like he's laid-back enough to help us find what it is inside that needs to come out on tape, but he also has the type of stern attitude where he'll tell you if something's wrong."
When UNEARTH started writing the follow-up to 2004's "The Oncoming Storm", "we just wanted to simplify a little bit," Susi told MTV.com. "We wanted to do what we normally do, as far as writing intricate riffs and really hard things to play — things that come together really well. But we wanted to strip everything down and have a more organic record — just a more natural feeling, with fewer triggers and more power and realness. We've always been a live band more than a recorded band, and I think we need to start transporting what we do live onto record."
While in Seattle, Susi said the band plans to record a cover of "It's Clobberin' Time", which will appear on an upcoming tribute to New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL.