Release Date: Nov 9, 2010
Record label: Tooth & Nail
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
Floridian metalcore merchants unleash the beast... Well holy fucking shit, Underøath’s seventh full-length is a quite stunning album. With Spencer Chamberlain taking sole singing duties since the departure of clean vocalist / drummer Aaron Gillespie, and ex-Norma Jean sticksman Daniel Davison behind the kit, it’s a master-class in compelling, ambitious heavy music from the Floridians.
Florida metalcore outfit Underoath's seventh studio album arrives on the heels of the departure of its last remaining original member, vocalist/drummer Aaron Gillespie. No strangers to internal shake-ups (the band went through a similar situation with ex-vocalist Dallas Taylor) Underoath's latest incarnation sounds confident, brutal, and cohesive. Lone singer and primary songwriter Spencer Chamberlain (who has recovered admirably from blowing out his vocal cords during the recording of 2006’s Define the Great Line) plays a large part in Ø (Disambiguation)'s success, applying his well-honed guttural and clean vocal styles with deadly accuracy.
Review Summary: They were made for thisFor anyone following Underoath, 2010 started with a surprise when the band's sole remaining founding father Aaron Gillespie announced that he would be leaving to pursue his solo project The Almost. With his clean vocals being the most easily palatable and recognizable part of Underoath's music, the online rumor mill soon began to speculate on the future of the long running metalcore act. This wasn't the first time they had lost an integral member, lest we forget that for the first few years of their existence they were a rotating door of musicians – some of which would find fame in other projects like former vocalist Dallas Taylor.
When you hear “Grammy-nominated”, “Billboard Top 10”, and “Gold-certified”, your mind probably doesn’t leap to heavy music, but all three of these accolades have been imparted on the post-hardcore band Underoath in recent years. It doesn’t take much exposure to the sextet to understand why, though: Arguably, punk rock, metal, and experimental music have never been married with such earth-quaking dexterity, only to, ironically, have the finished product feel so accessible. But, there’s more to the story than that, of course.