This isn't just a brag. The Vitus show is sold out, the place is packed, everyone’s straight-up hammered, and the band’s set is phenomenal. Metalcore may have its designated place nestled between Limp Bizkit and Deafheaven in today’s modern metal timeline, but catching Unearth live proves that this now-classic genre is still alive and kicking.
Here are 10 things Unearth taught us about the state of metalcore today:
FANS ARE STILL HUNGRY FOR METALCORE, AND THEY WON'T LET THE HEALTH INSPECTOR STOP THEM FROM GETTING IT
The venue is packed for Unearth, and several ticket-less fans are turned away at the door. There are even scalpers outside catcalling for extras – not something you normally see at this small Greenpoint venue.
Even crazier is what happens when the health inspector decides to make a surprise visit (the general grumble is that a disgruntled neighbor called it in). With set times pushed back and a No Re-Entry rule instated, one might assume several fans would just bail on the show. Instead, everyone packs inside the club, turning Vitus into a sweaty, crowded free-for-all that proves fans are still ready to forgo creature comforts in the name of seeing Unearth live.
FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY'S WILL PUTNEY IS THE DUDE TO WORK WITH
Trevor can’t say enough about Fit For An Autopsy guitarist and producer extraordinaire Will Putney, who produced the band’s latest album. “He pitched to us on strengths – he's a fan from back in the day, and wanted to fill this album with his favorite parts of Unearth,” says Trevor. “He had great ideas musically, too – we’d have a song that was lacking structure, and we’d have a part that we didn’t know what to do with. He’d say, 'Put it right here', and suddenly we had that song. I really do think he helped us, and we worked really well with him.”
Will’s at the show with FFAA; though he doesn’t play live with the band, he helps them deal with the health inspector bullshit and set up onstage – further proof that this dude is all about keeping great music alive.