The band began as Point 04 (containing McGrath, Rudberg, and Rybicki), and Susi was recruited soon afterward.
The band attempted to recruit Phipps while he recovered from appendicitis, but Phipps was reluctant to join. However, when Phipps showed up to a jam session for one of Susi’s side bands.
Unearth was practicing instead, and Phipps agreed to join after hearing the song “Shattered by the Sun.”
The name “Unearth” was coined by drummer Mike Rudberg as he wanted the band to “Unearth” a new sound in the metal and hardcore world.
On the small independent label, Endless Fight Records, they released their first EP called Above the Fall of Man in May 1999. Unearth then signed to Eulogy Recordings to release The Stings of Conscience in 2001 and the Endless EP in 2002.
During the process of Endless, Chris Rybicki left the group and was replaced by John Maggard.
Ken recently made his mark on the Two notes legacy by introducing his debut Virtual Cabinet library, and his first Virtual Cabinet pack for Two notes Torpedo Hardware and Software – The Ken Susi Artist Pack, available to purchase via our online store.