This was Underoath's second release, and second EP, although judging by it's length, it could be a full length. This was released in 2000, back before all the lineup changes, and it's not anything like their most recent release "They're Only Chasing Safety".If you don't like TOCS, don't judge Cries of the Past and Act of Depression by it, because it seems like totally different bands. Also, I'll do this as an overview, because the tracks are too long to really be able to do it well using a track by track format.
This CD is my favorite Underoath CD, and I really wish they would go back to making music like this. It's very unique, so you have to hear it for yourself; you can't ask if it sounds like another band. To classify it, it's synth-infested Christian Death Metal. And the keys/synth is very apparent throughout the whole album, wether it's just in the background or doing a solo, of which there are several. The drumming is also incredible on this album. I'm not sure where all Aaron's talent went, but he definatly had it here.
The lyrics are still very Christian influenced, allthough maybe not as much as Act of Depression. Dallas also demonstrates his massive vocal ability, ranging from near-vomiting low growls to high pitched shreiks, and everything in between. One of the guitarists also does vocals on this CD, which is some of the deep stuff. An example of the vocals would be the intro to "Walking Away", where there are double tracked vocals. Dallas is the foreground, in his normal mid-high scream, and in the background is a much deeper scream. Also in this part, there is singing in the background, which I believe is Aaron.
If I had to choose a weak point to this album, it'd be the guitar work. Don't get me wrong, it's great, but the guitarists decided they were so good at tremolo picking that they'd do it all the time. Hell, there's even a trem picked solo. There are some very good guitar parts through, such as the solos in "The Last" and "Giving Up Hurts the Most". The solo in "The Last" isn't anything special, no super fast sweep picking or anything, but it just sounds so damn cool. The guitar slowly builds up and goes back down, and the simple drums and synth in the background just add to the whole effect. The solo on "Giving Up Hurts The Most" is the tremolo picking solo I mentioned earlier. It's a lot faster then The Last's, and it also has some sweet sounding parts.
I haven't mentioned bass at all, and there's a good reason. You can't notice it, at all. At least I never have. The guitars and drums just blast in your face and overpower it, and when they aren't going, it's usually an acoustic segment without bass anyway. Speaking of acoustic parts, there are several scattered throughout the songs, and I have to say, they all sound very similar.
Overall, this album is the best from Underoath, and one of the best I've heard. It's ungodly hard to get an actual copy of it, but it seems to have spread well online, so try and get ahold of it if you haven't already, you won't be disappointed.
PS. Sorry for the poor quality of the review, it was somewhat of a spontaenous thing.
I've heard Cries of The Past and Giving Up Hurts the Most...
They alright.. I mean, they both better than anything on their later albums, but it's not exactly what i expected.. I thought it was gonna be like really heavy death metal-ish or something..
their new album is going to be harder, but no, it's not going to be like this. Sorry.
I love this album, though I think most of the songs feel really uneven and disjointed. They'll be playing this super hard riff, then an open chord will ring, drums will pause, and one guitarist will start playing a faster, more metal riff. Rinse, repeat, throw in a slower part every once in a while. Still, a great album, and some great riffing, especially on "And I Dreamt of You" and "The Last"
sorry, their new album isnt anything like this. Personally, I prefer their new style to this one, I think it's more original. No, Chasing Safety isn't all that original, but its more original then another metal album. Don't get me wrong, I love this CD, but the only standout part is some of the synth stuff, and even then, thats not all that original.
And to those who've heard the leaked version of the new CD: you know its alot more original than anything they've done before, though I wouldn't call it groundbreakingly original. I also daresay it's probably the best CD they've ever released.