Monday, September 01, 2008

Overwhelming Underoath


IF I had to guess, I would say that Christian post-hardcore band Underoath probably prefer the angry, vengeful Old Testament version of God.
Because listening to new LP Lost In The Sound Of Separation, they sound pretty cross.
A caustic bludgeoning barrage of a metal album, the band's sixth offering sees the group's previous emo tendancies buried beneath a wall of sound.
A heavier, darker take on the group's sound, the album starts at a blistering pace and doesn't even begin to relent until Emergency Broadcast :: The End Is Near, four tracks in.
It's not an easy start, but as the album progresses they do start to find their old groove and it's no surprise the LP's best tracks are closing trio Desperate Times, Desperate Measures, Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear and closer Desolate Earth :: The End Is Here.
Overall it's a good effort, but perhaps next time it should be a case of "may I remind you that you are Underoath" to restore the balance.

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