There are multiple meanings behind the title of Massachusetts metal band Unearth's current Northern Watch Tour.
"Well, all the (shows) are in the north, which is one thing," says frontman and co-founder Trevor Phipps. "It also hints at our (upcoming) record title, which we haven't disclosed yet -- but Watch is in the album title.
"And there's a nerd part behind it, too. A couple of us are big fans of (HBO's) 'Game of Thrones' and season four just started, so all three things got combined into one. But I don't think everyone will get that."
The quintet will be previewing some material from Unearth's new album, the group's fifth overall, according to Phipps. The group finished recording in January and the album is waiting to be mixed, and with three years since Unearth's last release, "Darkness in Light," the singer says the group is chomping at the bit to get some new music out.
"It sounds like Unearth," Phipps, 36, says of the new material. "It's a bit more aggressive than people might be used to hearing from us. I think it's a natural progression of the band, just with more...punch, I guess.
"Three years is a long time in the life of a band. But we've done a lot of world touring since the last record came out. We did a full Asian tour and Australia, Europe a couple of times, Canada a bunch, Japan. Now we're excited about getting a new record out there so we can hit the States again pretty hard. We're just lucky that all these places are interested in having us come and play, you know?"
Unearth, Winds of Plague and Saint Ridley perform Thursday, April 17, at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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