Underoath
Act of Depression


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
May 17th, 2009 | 125 replies | 20,259 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: why did you abort jesus is crying

10 of 12 thought this review was well written

Having stylistically evolved to such an extent that their earlier output is almost unrecognizable to the later, Underoath are often unfairly criticized for their rather extreme roots. This may result from the huge difference between fans of Act of Depression and later releases, such as They’re Only Chasing Safety, but it’s safe to say that the whiney bitches who seemingly cannot handle Dallas Taylor’s blakk shrieks and overall grating and pulverizing guitar arse pummeling should simply shut the hell up.

The half hysterical/half disturbing laughter that opens the album sets the tone for the ironic juxtaposition that defines Act of Depression. The song immediately bursts to life with discordant screams, and it’s fortunate that it’s almost impossible to find clarity in Taylor’s high register – the lyrics are atrocious. But let me pose this question: who gives a fuck? Rather than getting stuck up on the bullshit religious content, one should take note of the band’s ingenuity in putting it over almost irreligious music, and actually succeeding in making a brutal album that crushes poser indie hipsters.

Second track ‘A Love So Pure’ spews Christian nonsense just as much as any other track, and its ending with Taylor’s attempt at singing the lyric of Jesus Christ I love you is arguably in bad taste. Nevertheless this failed attempt of melody is an exception in an album that is made up of constantly brutal and oftentimes inventive riffing, interspersed with relatively melodic passages to create an interesting concurrence of musical concepts. As some critics have disapproved of Act of Depression for its ‘repetitive’ nature, it’s vital that I point out that said criticism is most probably a result of too much cock in the mouth. Despite the tracks employing a common chugging in certain sections, to say that riffs are recycled multiple times is just a cover up for not being able to handle riffs that’ll make you squirt shit all over your precious Converge CDs.

The harrowing clean section that opens ‘Watch Me Die’ shows the absolute malevolence that drives the album – the lyrics are spoken with a grave intensity, before the song blows apart. Taylor is without a doubt an extremely talented vocalist; his remarkably low growls are seemingly incompatible with his usual throat wrenching shriek, but the beginning of the aforementioned track utilizes both forms superbly. As the introduction correctly pointed out, the condemnation pertaining to the inaccessibility of Taylor’s vocals is falsely conjured by the new generation of Underoath fans, and their inability to comprehend anything heavier than Taking Back Sunday.

Despite its shortcomings, which are mostly steeped in its pious inspiration, Act of Depression is an involving record, one which doesn’t limit itself to the pseudo-extremity preached by wannabe head-bangers at your annual Taste of Chaos. This is no rant to justify the album as the second coming of Christ, but the album was good when I first heard it many years ago, and as it’s playing from my speakers this very moment I can safely assure you, precious reader, that it’s just as iniquitously holy. And yes I used a thesaurus for iniquitous.



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rasputin
May 17th 2009



14517 Comments


fuck you soulja boy

marksellsuswallets
May 17th 2009



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I prefer Cries of the Past as far as their older stuff goes...and what's with CotP artwork showing up for this?

Wizard
May 17th 2009



19231 Comments


Crude, rude, and vulgar review but I loved it hahahaha. These guys still sound homo as hell.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

oathfbass
May 17th 2009



388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review that was short and to the point. I agree with most of what you said.

rasputin
May 17th 2009



14517 Comments


what's with CotP artwork showing up for this?

I'm not sure I've tried fixing it but it won't go away.

myhigherpie
May 17th 2009



3027 Comments


funny review.

DtGL and LitSoS are still ace tho.

Wizard
May 17th 2009



19231 Comments


I don't know myhigh, there's something about a whinny little redhead that makes me want to punch my ears.

rasputin
May 17th 2009



14517 Comments


Dallas Taylor isn't a whiney redhead - here's a picture of him with a gun.

http://ransom.files.wordpress.com/2007/03/dallas-taylor_01.jpg

myhigherpie
May 17th 2009



3027 Comments


I fucking hate him too, but his singing is tolerable and Spencers screams are fucking amazing.

http://ransom.files.wordpress.com/2007/03/dallas-taylor_01.jpg

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thats pretty M3TUHLThis Message Edited On 05.17.09

Wizard
May 17th 2009



19231 Comments


Oh, I'm talking about their drummer on their newer stuff.

jingledeath
May 17th 2009



7104 Comments


this sounds really ballsy

myhigherpie
May 17th 2009



3027 Comments


ya I know. His drumming is pretty ace, but his singing and his preachy little monologues annoy the hell out of me.

Phantom
May 17th 2009



8930 Comments


Are the vocals gruff?

myhigherpie
May 17th 2009



3027 Comments


gruffer than the guy from mastodons beard.

SKUDstorm
May 17th 2009



136 Comments


ossum review

oathfbass
May 17th 2009



388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"ya I know. His drumming is pretty ace, but his singing and his preachy little monologues annoy the hell out of me."

I feel the same way


WhiteTieBlackJacket
May 17th 2009



785 Comments


The majority of Underoath's fans probably share their views. I doubt they would consider their music "stuck up on the bullshit religious content."

You're an asshole, even if you were joking.

rasputin
May 17th 2009



14517 Comments


The majority of Underoath's fans probably share their views. I doubt they would consider their music "stuck up on the bullshit religious content."

You're an asshole, even if you were joking.


If you didn't have the comprehension skills of an ape, you'd realise I was referring to critics of Underoath's views/lyrics.

rasputin
May 17th 2009



14517 Comments


but I was calling the content bullshit myself, so fair game.

marksellsuswallets
May 17th 2009



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like how you cut off the first and last part of that sentence so you could have something to gripe about that was neat



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