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Unearth Part Ways With Drummer

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Unearth issue the following update:

"Last night marked the end of the line for Mike Justian with Unearth. There are many reasons why we decided it was time to move on without him, but we are not in the business of airing dirty laundry. We will say that we grew apart as individuals and as musicians and the split will be best for both the band and Mike."

"In true Unearth fashion, we will continue on without skipping a beat. We are pleased and honored to say that Gene Hoglan of Strapping Young Lad is filling in for the rest of our tour with Dimmu Borgir, Devil Driver and Kataklysm. He will take the stage for the first time with us tonight in Vancouver, BC. Gene is an unreal musician and has learned a set in extremely short notice. We can not thank him enough for lending his skills to our band for this tour."

"Mike is an amazing drummer and will surely turn up in another band soon. We traveled the world with him, shared some of the best experiences of our lives and can call him a brother forever. It was just time for both parties to split, plain and simple. We wish him the best of luck with all of his future endeavors."

"All of our upcoming touring will go on as scheduled."

"See you on the road,
UNEARTH"

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1. metalhead644 writes:

that sucks... yet is awesome at the same time - hoglan is god

# May 12, 2007 @ 10:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. hoglan is god writes:

unearth are great and will one day realise and then make the best record esxposing the lies of the government and making the world realise that they are trapped and the world will end and begin on 2012!!!

# May 12, 2007 @ 10:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. StabbingTheDrama writes:

He's a good drummer, he won't have a problem finding another band. Hoglan is awesome!

# May 12, 2007 @ 10:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Zero 54 writes:

I like this band, bought their newer cd this week, hope they find a good replacement, Way to step up Hoglan from Strapping you lad. That tour looks amazing wish i could of gone

# May 12, 2007 @ 12:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. deathbringer writes:

I'm surprised they'd do this in the middle of the tour. It must have been building up. Best of luck to Mike and the band though - I hope it doesn't affect their sound a bit.

# May 12, 2007 @ 2:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. RememberMetal? writes:

He's the bands strongest member(yes I've heard the guitarists). I'm not a fan, but there are moments in a handful of their songs I've had to tip my hat to. Good luck to both the drummer and the band.

Now Playing: Pig Destroyer - "Body Scout"

# May 12, 2007 @ 3:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Red_Chord writes:

Well, it sucks but...Hoglan will do a great job and maybe bring a new dimension to Unearth. Change is not always a bad thing so I am certain that they will find a worthy replacement and maybe push their sound a little further...

Now playing : Arch Enemy, Leader Of Rats

# May 12, 2007 @ 7:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. acacia writes:

shame about mike but holgan is amazing wonder if he will stay with unearth? would be strange but syl are no longer thats a shame too

# May 14, 2007 @ 11:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. FocusShift writes:

Part of me wonders if it is because the band is shying away from the -core sound. Wasn't Mike the ex-drummer of the Red Chord? I know from their ATHF soundtrack song it was in 80's metal fashion without breakdowns or the -core like.

# May 14, 2007 @ 4:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. phillip writes:

thats the worst news i've heard all year. but im still amp'd for the show

# May 15, 2007 @ 1:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. inflamesdave writes:

as long as the rest dont give up aswell i dont mind. hope the SYL drummer stays permanently hes awesome!

# May 19, 2007 @ 3:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Edheadmaggot writes:

They better not change thier sound because of this, seeing as SYL done I'd think that holgan might stay with unearth, sux that SYL is finished

# May 20, 2007 @ 11:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Eyes of fire writes:

Unearth are great. Keep it heavy

# May 21, 2007 @ 10:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. SlugEmperor writes:

i trust they'll stay somewhat good, but its really hard to bounce back from a drummer like that, that fit there sound so well.

# May 30, 2007 @ 6:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Cynic writes:

^^^ Uh, I think Hoglan could fit any shoes. That said, why join a f***ing emo band like this? (Emo used as a general insult against metalcore here for anyone who wants to complain.)

Now Playing: Xentrix - "Questions"

# May 30, 2007 @ 7:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. SlugEmperor writes:

i meant a permanent drummer, of course Gene is good enough.

# May 30, 2007 @ 9:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. slayerdisciple writes:

not an Unearth fan at all but for the music they play theyre pretty good, still why is Hoglan joinin them hes way over qualified its like wat Joey Jordison is doin with Korn
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# May 30, 2007 @ 10:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. SlugEmperor writes:

couldnt answer that, but my best guess is he could be just trying to get his name out there, and practice for his new band Pitch black Forcast

# May 30, 2007 @ 10:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. the antihippy writes:

cynic, unearth isn'y really bad at all. solid metalcore, great musicianship, great songwriting too.

and emo really shouldn't be an insult, there are alot of great emocore bands.

np: underoath-returning empty handed

# May 31, 2007 @ 2:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Cynic writes:

Well first, to me what you call solid metalcore doesn't even equal crap metal. Great musicianship? No more than any other band I listen to, and songwriting is what it really comes down to anyway (Yngwie can attest to that).

I just downloaded the song "Fuel the Fire" and my review as I listen to it goes something like
1. I hate metalcore vocals
2. A breakdown, how suprising
3. About a minute in we get a cliche gothenburg riff no 3. (copyright Dark Tranquility)
4. About halfway through the song is random cool guitar parts, bit out of place
5. And even more cliche breakdown followed by and even more cliche gothenburg riff, which ATGs threw away 10 years ago for not being good enough
6. More breakdowns (!) followed by a previous riff.

Yes you guessed it, I hate metalcore. Good for you if it's your thing though.

Now Playing: Twisted Into Form - "The Flutter Kings"

# May 31, 2007 @ 3:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. the anitihippy writes:

they are pretty generic, but they pull it off much better than alot of metalcore band. their latest album is probably the best though.

plus you can't have metalcore without the breakdowns. :P it won't be metalcore then

btw, have you checked out between the buried and me?

np: pink floyd- dogs

# May 31, 2007 @ 4:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. inflamesdave writes:

for a start. if unearth are metalcore then so are my pants. i dont see why people have such a big problem with them. they are one of the most fun and energetic live bands you will ever see. and besides if you just download somones music you have no right to start taking the piss out of a band. put your money where your mouth is and buy the cd before you comment.

# May 31, 2007 @ 8:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

If you think Unearth is "emocore" then you're not listening to Unearth. I think you're just a whiny fag-baby just lookin' to b**** about sh** to get attention. You're not CrawfordTexasJingoJango, so quit trying.

# May 31, 2007 @ 10:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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waaahhahaha.......blee blee blaa blaahhhhhhhh......im the whiny fag-baby......heh *hiccup*

# May 31, 2007 @ 11:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. lifebringer writes:

i think deathbringers name should be lifebringer. peace mayne, bring back yo hippies. joking around with death is not funny....especially bringin it.

# May 31, 2007 @ 11:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Dr Dre writes:

yo wassup niggaz, i sh*t in my own pantz and im d*mn proud of it fool...

# May 31, 2007 @ 11:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. sanchez writes:

sweet

# May 31, 2007 @ 5:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. YO writes:

indiana jones f*cked my mom in my closet tonight

# May 31, 2007 @ 5:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Hey yall im so cool writes:

posts 24, 25, 26, 28, and this post are all the same person. get a f*ckin life you f*ggothole

# May 31, 2007 @ 5:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Cynic writes:

"if unearth are metalcore then so are my pants." All I know is Wikipedia (ie a pretty general consensus) quotes them as metalcore, they're rejected from the metal archives and I think 90% of reviews you could find would call them metalcore.

"if you just download somones music you have no right to start taking the piss out of a band. put your money where your mouth is and buy the cd before you comment."

Put my money where my mouth is? That would've been in my pocket because I hate metalcore. And sure I do, f*** paying $30 for an album I don't want just to critisize them.

Now Playing: Confessor - "Sour Times"

# May 31, 2007 @ 9:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Cynic writes:

Oh and antihippy I have checked them out, but for every cool Cryptopsy-like death/grind section there were 5 corish sections I didn't. I'd rather just listen to Cryptopsy.

# May 31, 2007 @ 9:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. slayerdisciple writes:

damn cynic $30 an album? i thought they were expensive in america for half that, agreed about BTBAM there alright but rather listen to Cryptopsy or somethin

# May 31, 2007 @ 10:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Cynic writes:

30 NZ is bout 22 American I think, but since I have to order in most of the CDs I get it's about $40 which would translate to about 30 American. Since I'm a student I can't afford that much either, so as a rule I download to check bands before I buy.

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# May 31, 2007 @ 11:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. slayerdisciple writes:

that makes more sense, but still 30 to order? the most expensive ive ever ordered from a site came to be $24

# Jun 1, 2007 @ 12:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. the antihippy writes:

an average cd price in australia is around $20-25, though it could get more expensive if it's imported. so i always check out the bands before i buy the CDs.

cryptopsy is incredibly good, but i prefer btbam. check out mordecai though. it's got the best outruos i have ever heard.

np: sigh- confession to be buried

# Jun 1, 2007 @ 2:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Hey, Cynic, why can't you decide what a band sounds like to YOU before you automatically adhere to what Wikipedia calls it? If Wikipedia said that Napalm Death was emocore what would you say? You'd have to believe the almighty Wiki, right? Labelling music is a retarded notion, but even more retarded is taking a website's labelling of a band that you don't even listen to. That is the mindset that is killing music. People are "reviewing" albums after watching a fxcking videoclip on youtube, and they have no fxcking clue what they're talking about, and then dumbasses like YOU read it, cling to it and then flame on anyone who denounces it. How about this: You exercise your own brain, and listen to music with a little more of an open mind. All you people know is this: Emo must = whiny people in makeup screaming about love. Whiny people in makeup screaming about love = bad. But if you think about it, metal has been pretty whiny in itself. Let's just forget about how whiny Megadeth, System of a Down, and Stone Sour are for now. So, if Emo means whiny people in makeup screaming about love, then that means that GWAR, King Diamond, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, ICP, Kiss, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Guns N Roses, Tool, Evanescence, Green Jello, Mudvayne, Jane's Addiction, and Mushroomhead are all guilty of fitting your definition of "emo". See what I mean? What sense does that make? It's a argument over nothing for nothing, and all it's doing is pushing everyone further apart and drawing thicker lines between every musical genre. No wonder mediocre shxtbands like Yellowcard and Breaking fxcking Benjamin are raking it in. It's a fxcking waste of time. But I guess if a bunch of fxcking retards really want to argue, they'll find a way to.

Cynic, I still remain unimpressed.

# Jun 1, 2007 @ 3:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. deathbringer writes:

Yeah, wikipedia sucks for specifics. I've tried correcting small stuff on there only to have it rolled back every time. There's no "consensus" to it. It's simply whatever sticks, which may be fine for broad statements and facts, but often tends to suck for specifics or opinionated topics. I would undoubtedly call Unearth metalcore though. Their sound encompasses so much of the genre's sounds as well as the recent trend to incorporate melodic/Gothenburg sounds into it. I call them the leaders of metalcore because they do it so damn well and have given some legitamacy to an overcrowded genre filled with mediocrity. That's not meant to convince anyone - just how I see it.

# Jun 1, 2007 @ 4:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Cynic writes:

Unimpressed? Not that I care but you could read my posts properly - a) I download a track, I myself decide it to be what I call metalcore. b) I call Wikipedia a "pretty general" consensus, acknowledging it's faults and using simply as a pretty sure check to what genre a band might be, c) Say they're rejected from the metal archives (which I DO hold in high regard) and checked out a review of theirs, in which they are labelled metalcore.

I see labellling music is a way to describe to other people what sort of music they play. Some bands can be labelled with a tag, eg I wouldsay to my friends, "check out Thergothon, a really great Funeral Doom band" and they would know what I mean because they understand the term. If I said "check out Thergothon, they play a really slow, melancholic type of heavy music with sparse synths, an empty sound with harsh vocals combined with clean vocals, and incorporating ambient elements" - That's pretty annoying. They know what Funeral Doom is. On the other hand, if a band (say Cynic) can't be described with a simple tag like death metal because they're so idiosyncratic I would describe them. That's my defense for genres, an argument which only ever seems to come up here when someones fav band is labelled metalcore/nu-metal/emo.

Now Playing: Burning Witch - "Tower Place"

# Jun 1, 2007 @ 8:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. the antihippy writes:

yeah, labelling music is good for telling what a band sounds like to people who doesn't know, as long as you know which band fit in which label.

np:bad religion- give you nothing

# Jun 1, 2007 @ 9:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. RememberMetal? writes:

Unearth is as metalcore as it gets, it's not meant in a "tear down your band" sense it just happens to be what they do.

I find them very so-so, I bought The Oncoming Storm and I regret it. I ended up only enjoying two full songs ("The Great Dividers" and "Lie to Purify" for those interested). A few other tracks were OK but I really didn't find anything in them to latch on to.

Genre labels are a neccessary evil. Cynic pretty much sums up my stance on it above.

In the bands defense, Unearth have some real chops and generate some convincing energy but I think those in to this kind of sound would have more luck with Shadows Fall, Devil Driver, Lamb of God or even Trivium.

Just my opinion, don't feel challenged or hurt by it.

Now Playing: Pig Destroyer - "Towering Flesh"

# Jun 1, 2007 @ 10:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. the antihippy writes:

trivium? haha....... no. i've never heard the oncoming storm yet though. i had their latest album III-in the eyes of fire and really enjoyed it.

and is it just me that thinks LOG is over-rated?

np: circle takes the square- crow quill

# Jun 1, 2007 @ 10:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. RememberMetal? writes:

LOG are indeed overrated. I find Ashes of the Wake to be far stronger than As the Palaces Burn or Sacrament.

Palaces vocals were boring as solitary confinement and Sacrement was too smooth ride, for all it's dark atmospherics....Ashes is their best "overall" work I think....
Their pre-Palaces era was alright too.

Now Playing: Obituary - "Memories Remain"

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43. slayerdisciple writes:

^i disagree i liked randy's vocals on as the palaces burns and its my fav. album by lamb of god when they actually called themselves lamb of god (burn the priest is my fav. overall) ashes was def. better then sacrament
Now Playing: Nevermore- We Disintigrate

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44. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

LoG, for me, is one of those bands where they're interesting, and then they're not, then they are, then they're not again. Every time I hear a song I like, it's from Ashes, Sacrament, or Palaces. The rest just kind of seem redundant to me. Especially the vocals. Blythe's vocal style seems to bounce around from album to album, never becoming solid until Ashes. But I'm not a LoG fanboy, but I can tell you this, THEY'RE THE BEST DEATHEMOTHRASHCORE BAND EVAR!!!11

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45. every body is dead ^^^ writes:

Running out of ways to run
I can't see, I can't be
Over and over and under my skin
All this attention is doing me in!

f*** it all! f*** this world!
f*** everything that you stand for!
Don't belong! Don't exist!
Don't give a sh**!
Don't ever judge me!

Picking through the parts exposed
Taking shape, taking shag
Over and over and under my skin
All this momentum is doing me in!

f*** it all! f*** this world!
f*** everything that you stand for!
Don't belong! Don't exist!
Don't give a sh**!
Don't ever judge me!

You got all my love, livin' in your own hate
Drippin' hole man, hard step, no fate
Show you nuthin', but I ain't holdin' back
Every damn word I say is a sneak attack
When I get my hands on you
Ain't a f*** thing you can do
Get this cuz you're never gonna get me
I am the very disease you pretend to be

I am the push that makes you move

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