Release Date: Jan 12, 2018
Record label: Hopeless Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Emo-Pop, Punk-Pop
Check out our verdict on the band's 4th album! Sometimes things just don't work out the way you want them to.It seems like Tonight Alive have learned and remained vocal about that in the aftermath of 2016's 'Limitless', an album that – with hindsight – never felt like a true representation of the band. With 'Underworld' though, it seems as though the sun is peaking through the clouds – and things are getting back on the right track. The now-four-piece have never shied away from delving into whatever style they see fit in the moment, and 'Underworld' is at its most exciting when they really let loose.
On their fourth outing, Australian outfit Tonight Alive take their turn down a more pop-oriented path trodden by contemporaries like All Time Low, Sleeping with Sirens, and PVRIS. The band's final album with founding guitarist and main co-writer Whakaio Taahi, Underworld brims with melodic, catchy anthems polished with synth sheen, reinvigorating the band's energy after the relatively ho-hum Limitless. It's certainly divisive, taking steps away from the nondescript emo-punk that defined their early, Paramore-esque albums and sliding deep into the pop-savvy and highly produced mainstream.
Tonight Alive’s 2016 record ‘Limitless’ surprised and polarised fans with its sharp turn away from the spiky pop-punk that made the Aussies famous, instead going down the route of impassioned but sugary rock ballads. Follow-up ‘Underworld’ is a little darker than that. They’re working again with Dave Petrovic, who produced their 2013 album ‘The Other Side’, and immediately their reconnection with their roots shows. The opening “woh-ohs” of ‘Book Of Love’ suggest we’re picking off where ‘Limitless’ left off, but as soon as the guitars crash in for the chorus, it’s clear this is going to be meatier.