Our Featured Local Artist for November is Unto the Earth, a four piece metal band from Naperville and Aurora, straddling the lines between stoner, desert, doom, and sludge, with shoegaze and heavy psych influences. Formed in 2019 by guitarist Mike Yoshida and bassist/vocalist/instrumentalist Simeon Papacostas, along with lead guitarist Jed Jacobs and drummer Brant Maze, they’ve embarked on a musical odyssey that combines driving drums, melodic basslines, layered guitars, and evocative lyrics, while paying tribute to the influences of their youth.
“Unto the Earth may be influenced by many different bands of the Hard Rock/Metal scene but The Dawning is their show and they’re in complete control of this brilliantly insane album. With first rate production values helping the band deliver a punishing audio experience, this allows The Dawning to be one of the best debut albums to be released this year. This is a wonderfully diverse album that the underground scene needs to know about now.” – Steve Howe, Outlaws of the Sun
Unto the Earth released their first full-length album, The Dawning, on October 3rd. It’s available for digital download and streaming on Spotify.