Underoath
They're Only Chasing Safety


2.5
average

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
May 24th, 2005 | 673 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Some general impressions:
This is (again) one of these albums that got hyped pretty much (at least in the forums of MX). After hearing a lot about it, I thought I should check it out. But, it got pretty clear to me after a few listens, this album can not keep up with the lots of kudhos it got.

It's not the worst album I have heard in my life. That's for sure. But also not the best. Overall, the musical work is solid. The rythm section does good work in laying down a good basis the vocals, keys/electronics and guitars can build upon. The guitars do a good job, as does the singer. No matter if he is singing or screaming. Accents are set here and there with keys, samples and electronics. Though the musical work is solid, it can not convience me completely. This is mainly because the sound is so similar to many other bands popular in the genre. Some songs sound very similar to 'The Used' ('Its dangerous business walking out your front door' for example), other songs sound like 'Hawthorne Heights' ('Reinventing your exit' as an example). And there are probably a bit more to find.

What differs from named bands though are the somewhat christian lyrics. After all, the word 'Christian-core' is used often in context with Underoath. And I felt myself indeed like in church on one or two songs. 'It's dangerous business...' with it's church like choir, or 'Some will seek fogiveness, others escape' with lines like "Hey unfaithfull, I will teach you to be stronger" or "Oh sweet angel of mercy, with your grace like the morning".

What is definately on the plus side is the production. The overall mix is good IMO, as all instruments are heard good, nothing is particulary drowning (like bass is usually in Metalcore for example).

What was good:
Like mentioned above, the production is good, and the musical work solid. Not extraordinary, but good. Some of the songs have a catchyness to them, that makes the quite enjoyable. Hymn like chorus lines invite to sing along, songs get stuck in your head. I also liked the screaming of the singer. It's done quite good IMO, though there is better out there. Well, you can't have it all sometimes...

What was not so good:
Catchyness can become a problem. If a song is too catchy it can bore pretty fast. And some of the catchier tunes on this record suffer from the same problem. And, of course the lack of individual sound. On most of the songs they sound just like a weaker version/differen version of bands like 'The Used'. The electronic involved sets some more or less unique accents, but still I personally feel reminded of too many other bands when listening to this. Which is kinda sad, as earlier albums by Underoath sure demonstrated that the band can have (and had) a more or less unique sound.


Summary:
To whom could this album be recommended? To the die-hard Underoath fan for sure. But beyond that, not for many. I think if one likes stuff like 'The Used' or 'Hawthorne Heights' this might prove to be a suiting alternative for a while, if one gets a bit bored of the other bands albums. Or if you want to renew the reasons why you like those bands. After all, this album is a nice listen for while IMO if our into modern screaming pop-rock. For lasting entertainment I prefer other stuff.

Rating: 2.5-3/5



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cbmartinez
May 24th 2005


2525 Comments


Better review. I agree more or less.

woofwoofwoof
May 24th 2005


156 Comments


agreed. it was/is ridiculously overhyped at my school. in fact, just from walking to my car in the parking lot, i heard the "up against the wall up against he wall" song every day for 12 days in a row just from other people's cars.

captain chris
May 25th 2005


73 Comments


An okay review, got to say though that i rele do like "Reinventing Your Exit" mainly cause i never hear it so it hasnt been killed, from being played to much, well got to go...

smooches xxx


YoureSuchaSucker
May 25th 2005


1 Comments


Good review, but I have to say I don't quite agree with the whole a few songs sound like Hawthorne Heigths and The Used part.

(>dragon~guitarist<)
May 25th 2005


243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alot of the songs were really good I gotta say, but yeah after a while, the entire album got boring. But it was good while it lasted, songs like "A Boy Brushed Red... Living In Black In White" is a really good song that I sometimes give a listen to once in a while.

BuddyBigsby
May 26th 2005


531 Comments


Huge disappointment.

BuddyBigsby
May 26th 2005


531 Comments


Good review, but I have to say I don't quite agree with the whole a few songs sound like Hawthorne Heigths and The Used part.


Yeah, me neither.

ALL of the songs sound like Hawthorne Heights and The Used.

NEDM
May 27th 2005


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah, reinventing your exit sounds like a hawthorne heights song. Good point BuddyBigsby

SpecialBoy
June 21st 2005


47 Comments


On their purevolume they call themselves hardcore.

not_another_emo_kid
June 21st 2005


5 Comments


well first thing is that the singing and screaming are done by two different people, spencer(vocals) does the screaming and the drummer who's name escapes me does the singing, and underoath claim to be a christian hardcore band

masada
June 21st 2005


2733 Comments


well first thing is that the singing and screaming are done by two different people, spencer(vocals) does the screaming and the drummer who's name escapes me does the singing


Hey, just like Atreyu...

incubus62086
June 21st 2005


147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Quote
"ALL of the songs sound like Hawthorne Heights and The Used."

except for the fact that the Used sucks and UnderOath is sweet


tele_death
June 29th 2005


27 Comments


I like Underoath, but I like their other stuff morethen this album, even though it's still good.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 8th 2005


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

[Quote=SpecialBoy]On their purevolume they call themselves hardcore.
[/quote]

On purevolume I'm a fairy princess.

Iai
Emeritus
July 8th 2005


3553 Comments


Really? Can we see?

normajean_fan
July 10th 2005


15 Comments


great cd

Wizzy5
July 13th 2005


32 Comments


Hawthorne is a great band. I have heard good stuff about these guys.

(>dragon~guitarist<)
July 16th 2005


243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First time through, its really catchy and cool. After that, it just gets really irritating and you wish they would go back to The Changing Of Times days. However A Boy Brushed Red... Is a song that sticks and a favorite of mine.

X-Y-U
August 2nd 2005


7 Comments


I dunno how you managed to drag it's rating down to pretty much "average" due to the cons of: sounding like the used [which they don't], and they're TOO catchy?

what the hell? even looking at your profile you've rated it lower than a lost prophets album!!!! jesus man, it's a bit poppy i know, doesn't mean it's crap coz this album isn't as heavy as their others.

the only downside i can think of this album, is that it's a bit short, clocking in at only 36 minutes. otherwise, i think this is a brilliant album, as is their others.

Damrod
Moderator
August 2nd 2005


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

After all it all comes down to what one likes. This album is just not my cup of tea, though it seems to others it seems like the coming of the Messiah.

*shrugs*



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