Massachusetts metallers UNEARTH has released the following statement on the band’s official website:
“Fans that have seen Unearth live on their recent trips to Alaska, Japan and on their US and Canadian tour with Chimaira, may have noticed a new face on stage. The guy behind the kit has been none other than up-and-coming drummer, Nick Pierce.
“Nick Pierce is a self taught drummer who’s been playing since age 10. He grew up playing for local bands in the Seattle/Tacoma area (Culling the Weak, Eterna Nocturna, Embalmed) as well as LA based band The Faceless. Nick first sat in behind the kit for Unearth in May of 2011 during their two show trip to Alaska. Unearth discovered Pierce on YouTube where he had been covering Unearth songs, among many other bands, on a series of videos on his YouTube channel.”
“Vocalist Trevor Phipps adds: “Nick is a beast of a drummer and a great guy to hang with. I look forward to jamming with him around the world for years to come.” Guitarist Buz McGrath compliments Pierce and says he has a “Great attitude, energy and the knowledge that we can throw the most insane riffs at him and he can create and adequately perform next level beats for said riffs makes it a little easier to sleep at night.”
“Nick Pierce shares his excitement about joining Unearth: “I’ve been a fan of Unearth for many years and I’m excited to shred with a great group of guys and support our fans.””
A video clip of Pierce performing the UNEARTH song “Watch It Burn” live as well as his new eight-minute extended drum solo can be viewed below.
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.