March 3 — Unearth unveiled the second single from its new album Friday, along with the song’s companion video.
The band kicked off the weekend by premiering its new single, ‘Mother Betrayal‘ and the song’s video. The song and its video are the second from the bands’ forthcoming album, The Wretched; The Ruinous, which is slated for release May 5 through Century Media Records. The band premiered the album’s lead/title track and its video last month.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Mother Betrayal’ is a heavy, intense composition. It is especially interesting the way in which it progresses. It opens with something of a brooding style sound and approach before turning more in the vein of a death metal approach. That eventually gives way to more of a metalcore sound and style akin to works from the likes of As I Lay Dying. That metalcore approach carries the song through to its finale, ensuring audiences’ engagement right to the song’s final bars.
According to front man Trevor Phipps, the song’s lyrical theme is an ecologically minded message.
“‘Mother Betrayal’ is a warning that we are smashing past multiple ecological tipping points caused by our dependence on fossil fuels that will forever alter life on our planet,” Phipps said.
Keeping in mind the song’s lyrical theme, it helps the song’s video make slightly more sense than it otherwise would have without the explanation. The video features a blindfolded woman restrained on a hospital gurney in a darkened room as various unidentified people watch her. Outside the room, a line of people who look almost like zombies stand, holding bowls of what look like blood. The artistic interpretation seems to paint the woman who is restrained as Earth and everyone else is mankind, bleeding her dry, using her resources. It would make sense, considering Phipps’ explanation of the song’s lyrical theme.
In other news, Unearth is scheduled to launch the “Hell On Earth 2023 Tour” Apr. 1 in Dortmund, Germany. The European/UK tour is scheduled to run through April 21 in Stockholm, Sweden. Misery Index, Year of the Knife, Turbid North, and Leech are scheduled to share time on the tour, too.
The tour’s schedule is noted below:
Hell on Earth Tour 2023
with Misery Index, Year Of The Knife, Turbid North and Leech
04/01 Dortmund, GER – Junkyard
04/02 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
04/05 Munchen, GER – Backstage
04/04 Freiburg, GER – Crash
04/05 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
04/06 Sheffield, UK – Corporation
04/07 Leeds, UK – The Warehouse
04/08 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
04/09 Lille, FRA – The Black Lab
04/10 Paris, FRA – La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
04/11 Stuttgart, GER – Im Wizemann
04/12 Weinheim, GER – Cafe Central
04/13 Cottbus, GER – Gladhouse
04/14 Leer, GER – Zollhaus
04/15 Chemnitz, GER – AJZ Chemnitz
04/16 Ostrava, CZE – Barrak Music Club
04/17 Berlin, GER – SO36
04/18 Hamburg, GER – Bahnhof Pauli
04/19 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
04/20 Gothenburg, SWE – Musikens Hus
04/21 Stockholm, SWE – Slaktkyrkan
More information on Unearth’s tour, album, single, and video is available at: