Visually, 2014 has been one of the most interesting years for Metal in recent history. We’ve had plenty of striking images fronting thousand of album covers. Surprisingly, most of them have showcased both technical finesse and conceptual relevance. In this article (the fourth installment of …And Justice For Art’s mini-series about the subject), we keep exploring some of these works of art. Discover what the people involved in their creation had to say….

Unearth has released a new single called “The Swarm,” the first bit of new music from their forthcoming LP today, via SoundCloud – listen above. The band recently announced their all new LP Watchers of Rule to be released via eOne Music on October 28th, 2014. Mixed by Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, DevilDriver), this marks the band’s six full-length LP in their decorated sixteen year tenure.

Today, Alternative Press hosts a worldwide album premiere of Unearth’s upcoming ‘Darkness In The Light’ full-length, scheduled to hit North American record shelves on July 5th via Metal Blade Records. The 11-track long player was recorded at Zing Studios with producer Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) and mixed at Audiohammer Studios by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium). Sitting in on drums during the recording was Justin Foley (Killswitch Engage/Blood Has Been Shed).

Hot Damn! This is the best record I’ve heard this year. As a huge fan of Unearth I’ve been anticipating Darkness In The Light for a while now and after listening to the album in its entirety I’m totally stoked; this disc kicks! This is the band’s fifth full-length release and I think their maturity as songwriters and musicians is quite evident. While the songs are heavy they still all manage to maintain a certain amount of melody to them, even going as far as to include a cleaner vocal in the disc opener, “Watch It Burn”.