The Oncoming Storm

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The Oncoming Storm
Studio album by Unearth
Released June 29, 2004 (2004-06-29)
Studio Zing Recording Studios, Westfield, MA
Genre Metalcore
Length 40:36
Label Metal Blade
Producer Adam Dutkiewicz
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The Oncoming Storm is the second studio album by American metalcore band, Unearth. It was released on June 29, 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The album was produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, and was their first major release through Metal Blade Records. This was also their first album with drummer Mike Justian and bassist John "Slo" Maggard, replacing Mike Rudberg and Chris "Rover" Rybicki respectively.

After its release, the album entered the Billboard album charts at number 105, selling 13,285 copies.[1]

A special edition of the album was released on October 18, 2005. It contained two bonus tracks, and a DVD featuring live performances, backstage footage, interviews, an inside look to the recording of the album and four music videos.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Exclaim! negative[3]
Metal Storm 3.5/10[4]

Public reception[edit]

The Oncoming Storm was well received by the public. On Rate Your Music the album has an average rating of 3.41 of 5, based on more than 600 ratings,[5] and on Sputnikmusic the album has an "excellent" average rating of 3.9 of 5, based on more than 850 ratings.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Trevor Phipps; all music composed by Unearth.

No. Title Length
1. "The Great Dividers" 4:02
2. "Failure" 3:12
3. "This Lying World" 4:17
4. "Black Hearts now Reign" 4:03
5. "Zombie Autopilot" 4:10
6. "Bloodlust of the Human Condition" 3:28
7. "Lie to Purify" 3:41
8. "Endless" 3:23
9. "Aries" 2:40
10. "Predetermined Sky" 4:05
11. "False Idols" 3:43
Total length: 40:36


Production and performance credits are adapted from the album liner notes of the 2004 version.

  • Trevor Phipps – lead vocals
  • Buz McGrath – guitars
  • Ken Susi – guitars, backing vocals on "Endless", "Lie to Purify"
  • John "Slo" Maggard – bass, piano, guitars on "Aries"
  • Mike Justian – drums


Chart (2004) Peak
US Billboard 200[7] 105
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[8] 6
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[9] 1


  1. ^ Staff writer(s); no by-line. (July 7, 2004). "Soundscan Report: Rush, Atreyu, Unearth, Neurosis". 
  2. ^ Henderson, Alex. The Oncoming Storm at AllMusic. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  3. ^ Pratt, Greg (August 2004). "Unearth - The Oncoming Storm • Metal Reviews". Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Unearth - The Oncoming Storm review". Metal Storm. August 13, 2005. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Oncoming Storm by Unearth (Album, Melodic Metalcore)". Sonemic. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Unearth - The Oncoming Storm User Opinions". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Billboard biz". 
  8. ^ "Billboard biz". 
  9. ^ "Billboard biz". 

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