Derek Kerswill - Unearth
Derek Kerswill is the new chosen drummer for Unearth. He is one awesome dude, who has been around the Boston scene for ages. He has played with several notable bands. Thankfully, he has now embraced his grave of opportunity in Unearth. He seems less concerned about the almighty dollar, and more focused on creating true mettle aspirations. The mark of his kinship to follow, is laid out in this very macro-killer, motivational, and empowering dialogue, enjoy....
MettleAngel: Hello Derek, I have interviewed Buzz & "Slo" previously, so I am pleased to work with you. You are the new guy, right?
MettleAngel: Really, that is the sludge band with Jamie Jasta and Kirk Windstein who plays with Down and Crowbar.
So you chose to tour with them, and not Kingdom?
MettleAngel: I understand that you recorded all drum tracks for The March, even before you became their signed drummer.
MettleAngel: I usually don't interview the drummer, so it is cool to gain your perspective; especially, since you were so fundamental to the writing process.
MettleAngel: So you all laid the rhythms down for the recording, and Adam developed it from there. On the last album, Unearth went with Terry Date's production; but, this time you retured to Adam Dutkiewicz, the guitarist of Killswitch Engage.
MettleAngel: Adam really brings out the best in the bands with whom he works. As a drummer, I'm sure you understand this, as he used to also play drums.
MettleAngel: Wait, you played on Reborn? What about Robert Sweet?
MettleAngel: No worries, we are here to focus on Unearth. I streamed it three times prior to this interview. I will receive the CD soon, and I intend to listen to it with lyrics, and really sit down and absorb it before I review it, and link it with this interview. Now, I'll pay careful attention to the drumming. I will say, I was very impressed with the overall metal energy of the record. Aside form Trevor's gruff vocals, which are still discernible, the melodies almost have a classic '80s Metal Blade feel. I'm reminded of bands like Nasty Savage, Hallow's Eve, Omen, Savage Grace, etc., especially with the abundance of solos, and guitar harmonies.
MettleAngel: That, 'We Are Not Anonymous', 'Cutman', and definitely 'The Chosen' all carry a real metallic feel. Other than the acceptable breakdowns, Unearth have almost become Power Thrash, shedding the Metalcore label altogether.
MettleAngel: Sepultura were heavy, and incorporated such tribal elements, before the term breakdown was even coined. I remember hearing Hallows Eve's 'Rot Gut' off of Monument. this was so different with its chugging and heavy riifs. When I heard Pantera and Sepultura doing this in the '90s, I dubbed it the "Rot-Gut Sound".
MettleAngel: How did you get into drumming?
MettleAngel: Phil asked you to join ATR when Shannon left for Black Dahlia?
MettleAngel: That is providential, because Jason is perfect for ATR, and you are meant to be with Unearth. Did you ever work with Overcast?
MettleAngel: Just like with the Gothenburg bands of the '90s there seems to be a real inbreeding of bands from the Boston area. Everyone is somehow connected.
MettleAngel: You are all Mettle, indeed! Unearth and their brethren all exude an honest, sincerity, a real alacrity. You honor your fans, you are true to your calling.
MettleAngel: I admire your alacrity. Success is truly the measure of joy in your present life. I imagine being married is taxing while being on tour.
MettleAngel: Wendy and I our celebrating eight plus years together as well. We have been woking with bands and labels professionally for almost four years. Unearth have finally achieved the success they yearned so many years to attain. The House Of Blues has even voted you as the Band Of The Month. That is quite an honor.
MettleAngel: I always enjoy watching Unearth play live. Ken and Buzz exhibit such enthusiasm. It is like a circus on stage with them bouncing, scrambling, and running all over. They give it their all, and truly amuse themselves. I know there is a great deal of alcohol invloved, but so what; the point is they never play the same show twice. I've seen them three times, this will be the fourth; everytime, is different, and more exciting.
MettleAngel: You are like their big brother, with the voice of experience, and the attitide of steel reserve. I respect this. When I work with bands, I remove my personal preconceptions. I focus on the individuals, even if I don't care for their music. I still honour them as artists.
MettleAngel: We do, and I am very pleased to have spent some quality time getting to know you. Congratualtions on another awesome Unearth album, and thank you for you time, you honesty, your integrity, and your personability. Interviewing someone like you is the measure of my success, as well.
See also: review
of the album The March