Underoath - Define The Great Line
About 2 years ago, when my friend Kyle first introduced me to underOATH, I was skeptical. At this point my musical taste was--lets say, very limited indeed. But listening to the new style of underOATH on what was their new album at the time, They’re Only Chasing Safety, opened my ears to a whole new style of music--post-hardcore, you can have your screaming and singing too, and I quickly fell in love with it.So now, they released their follow-up to TOCS with Define The Great Line under Tooth & Nail records. If you liked what you heard with their new sound in They’re Only Chasing Safety, then you’ll continue to be impressed by this bunch of guys. Drummer Aaron Gillespie continues to pump out the excellent vocals while Spencer Chamberlain takes care of the screaming, and he sure does take care of the screaming. The hard opener In Regards To Myself sends chills down my spine every time I hear those first notes. The opening track sets a good precedent for the album and the upbeat tempo continues until it comes to a screeching halt at track 5, Salamarnir. This is a very, um.. Unique track. The foreign track is actually Psalm 50 translated into Russian. But right after the Soviet intermission we hit Returning Empty Handed, which I like because it seems that the backup guitar stands out more in this song than any other.
Moving forward, track 8, Moving For The Sake Of Motion, is my absolute, hands down favorite song underOATH has ever produced. The upbeat tempo, along with the energetic drums and the vocals all tie in to make a great sort of “pump-up” song. And then we have Writing On The Walls, the first single of the album. If you like the song A Boy Brushed Red: Living In Black And White from their previous record, this is the song for you. The vocals are sure to blow you away. This record is definitely one for your music library.
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on 2007-07-03 kev_stev Said:
I'd have to disagree, while opener "In Regards to Myself" is definitely a powerful and heavy song, I think the album gets boring towards the middle.
on 2007-07-03 blackxdan Said:
This is my favorite CD next to 'The Changing of Times.' The vocals are amazing, the artwork to the CD is great, and the order of songs fit together so well. All together, this is one solid album. Spencer's vocals have improved so much. If you ever saw Underoath live, when they just released 'They're Only Chasing Safety' you would say that Spencer's vocals were a little weak. But if you saw them now, after this release.. You would swear it was a new vocalist. I'm very proud of the boys from Underoath. They have matured and grown, I think i can now refer to them as men. :]