State Theatre Portland
Unearth

Unearth

Exalt, Darkness Divided, Bottomfed, Ruin

Fri, March 31, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Port City Music Hall

Portland, ME

$14 Advance / $16 Day of Show

This event is all ages

Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. PCMH box office will open one hour before doors night of show.

Unearth
Unearth
After an awe-inspiring 15 years of blazing trails and dominating stages, Unearth is now institutionalized as a relentless force in heavy metal, standing the test of time with consistently triumphant creative output, tireless road warrior resilience, Blue Collar style workmanship and a resolute determination to deliver the goods.

Like Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Testament and Anthrax before them, Unearth emerged as part of a burgeoning revolution in heavy music but continued to maintain their relevance and mastery of their craft. They've resisted and prevailed against changing trends, subcultural fashions and the way music is obtained and distributed with their credibility, integrity and unique persona intact.

The men of Unearth – longtime members Trevor Phipps (vocals), Buz McGrath and Ken Susi (guitars), John "Slo" Maggard (bass)– are proven "lifers." In just a couple of short years, drummer Nick Pierce has proven his commitment as well. They have put the furtherance of uncompromising heavy music at the forefront of their career goals. Unearth perseveres, conquers and continues to achieve.

Harnessing the punishing groove of Pantera, the melodic majesty of the New Wave Of Swedish Death Metal, the fist-pumping anthemic power of traditional metal and the gritty realness of early '90s Metalcore and Noisecore, Unearth offers a unique take on what was already a thrilling recipe. The Massachusetts based quintet stood tall beside their peers in the so-called New Wave of American Heavy Metal (a category that includes their friends and contemporaries in Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, Shadows Fall and All That Remains) even as they refined themselves into a timeless outfit independent of metal subgenres.

The astounding quality of Unearth's music has never wavered and only continues to shine through the overly crowded landscape, like a beacon to their fans. The early rumblings of Unearth's debut full-length, The Stings of Conscience (2001), as well as the EPs that bookended that release, were followed by albums that became classic, defining landmarks in the past decade of underground metal.

The Oncoming Storm (2004), a devastating benchmark many of this generation still discuss with the same devotional awe as albums by The Big 4; III: In the Eyes of Fire (2006), which cracked the Billboard Top 40 with 22,000 in sales during its first week; The March (2008), a conceptually driven opus awarded a 4 "K" review in Kerrang!; and the enduringly awesome new chapter that was Darkness in the Light (2011), which broke into the Billboard's Hard Rock Top 10 and was hailed by the international press, all comprise a pristine metallic catalog.

Unearth have made most of their albums with Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz (August Burns Red, Underoath, A Day To Remember) and worked with the legendary Terry Date (Pantera, Deftones, Soundgarden) as well. Ken Susi is an accomplished producer/mixer in his own right, having worked with The Contortionist and Seemless (among others) and on Unearth records, as well.

With roughly 500,000 in worldwide sales, Unearth's continued staying power has also hinged on their highly interactive and toweringly heavy live performances. Over the course of a relentlessly impressive career, Unearth have played amphitheaters, sheds, theaters, halls and clubs with a diverse group of bands in the metal, hardcore and heavy rock elite. They've appeared at prestigious festivals like Download in the UK, Germany's With Full Force and Wacken, Belgium's Graspop, Hellfest in France, Japan's Loud Park, Malaysia Rockaway Festival, Heavy MTL and many other notable fests across Europe and the United States.

They've traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, South America, Europe, Russia, China, Scandinavia and all over Asia. They've toured as part of Rockstar Mayhem, Ozzfest (twice), Europe's Never Say Die, Metal Hammer's Defenders of the Faith Tour, Australia's Soundwave (twice), Europe's Persistence Tour (twice), Sounds Of The Underground (US and Europe) and MTV's Headbanger's Ball Tour (twice) as well as multiple headlining runs. Much of that live energy was captured on the Alive from the Apocalypse DVD, which went gold in Canada and debuted at #13 in the US. The Unearth historical legacy was examined in the documentary portion of the DVD.

Unearth are committed to collaborating on uncharted new heights within their music. No sellout and no letdown for their extremely dedicated fans on the horizon. Newly partnered with eOne (North America), Century Media (Europe), 3 Wise (Australia) and Howling Bull (Japan) Unearth will always steadily maintain and powerfully proclaim their allegiance to the lifestyle, the ethos and the community of heavy metal, both now and forever.
Exalt
Exalt
Since its conception in October of 2010, Kitchener, Ontario's Exalt has let their music speak to their eclectic influences and outlook on living in this day and age. What started as a quiet and unassuming project evolved in to a unique musical experience. Exalt continued to play and write without any pretense or hypocrisy, instead relying on their powerful live performance to turn heads.

Since their first release, a split with Hamilton, Ontario's Counterparts, the band has honed a sound that they proudly, yet humbly, call their own. The passion they release on stage stands parallel to the dichotomy of hope and despair that burns through their lyrics. Exalt stands paramount in the Canadian music scene, but what makes their creativity undeniable is the fact that have only just scratched the surface.
Darkness Divided
Darkness Divided
Darkness Divided is 5-Piece Metalcore band from San Antonio, Texas. The band has been around for over 2 years, but has recently underwent several drastic changes and improvements in their music. Recording their new EP "Chronicles" at Lambesis Studios with Daniel Castleman (As I lay Dying, Impending Doom, Carnifex), Darkness Divided offers a message of Hope, Love, and Salvation, in the way they know best. You can check out their single "Truth" mixed and mastered by Jamie King on iTunes now, and you can see them on the HM stage at this year's Sonshine Festival along side Underoath, As I Lay Dying, War Of Ages and more!
Bottomfed
Bottomfed
Buzzards Bay Metal/ Experimental Hardcore
Ruin
Ruin
Ruin’s highly anticipated release “Rite of Passage” hit the shelves last October, setting fire to the local metal scene. Their distinguished no holds barred style crashes full speed ahead, taking no prisoners. The thunderous four piece displays an unabashed, unrelenting sound. From their reflective and compelling lyrical content to their devastating musical precision, RUIN is a force of nature. They Deviate from current convention by producing a bold stripped down American metal that cuts across styles and stands alone. Hailing from their hometown, Portland ME, the band was founded by brothers Rich and Craig Carey, and completed by Kevin Whitman and Todd Bidwell. Created a decade ago, Ruin has released three full length albums independently; Hands of Enmity in 2007,Human Moral Deception 2009, and "Rite of Passage" 2014.
Venue Information:
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101