Underoath
Lost in the Sound of Separation


4.5
superb

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
February 4th, 2010 | 22 replies | 4,807 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Underoath manages to find their sound and settle in.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Living up to expectations can be a challenging thing. Whether it’s dealing with your parents berating you about grades in school, your boss insisting you work more than is humanly possible, or in the case of Florida based Metal band Underoath, making a record that is “heavier and more epic” then your last. Underoath set out to do this with their latest album, Lost In The Sound of Separation.

The task for Underoath was not an easy one though. Their previous album, Define the Great Line “debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 charts selling over 98 000 copies in its first week and becoming the highest charting Christian album on the Billboard 200 since 1997. By the end of 2006 the album had been certified gold by the RIAA.” (Wikipedia) They were going to have to work even harder in order to put something out that matched or possibly surpassed what Define The Great Line had done, and in all honestly, with Lost In The Sound of Separation, they achieved that task.

On LITSOS, Underoath takes the ferocity that was present on DTGL and ups it a notch, as well as further incorporating some post rock style into their sound. Album opener Breathing In A New Mentality is a straight up metalcore track, no clean vocals, just a crushing start to the album, that shows Underoath setting the bar high for themselves. As the album progresses, the listener hears the band staying true to their metalcore roots, but tracks become immersed with Aaron Gillespie’s melodic clean vocals, and some post rock melodic sections that provide a sense of atmosphere and mood to the album such as in Emergency Broadcast: The End Is Near and Coming Down Is Calming Down.

Musically the band is at their best on LITSOS. Tim McTague and James Smith lay down the guitar lines, which are mostly rhythm based, but they are capable of pulling off a catchy riff or two such as during the chorus of Desperate Times, Desperate Measures. The bass is handled by Grant Brandell and while being buried in the mix like most metal records, appears now and then to remind you that there is actually a bassist in the band. Keyboardist Chris Dudley plays an important role on LITSOS, as his pads and synth lines give the album its sense of atmosphere and mood from start to finish. Aaron Gillespie’s drumming is easily the musical highlight of the album, as he creates many interesting rhythms and fills that give a good sense of variety and originality to the songs. The vocals are the main focus of the album, as the contrast between Aaron’s melodic singing and Spencer Chanberlain’s harsh vocals gives Underoath a unique sound. Spencer has settled into a vocal style that showcases his low growls and high shrieks quite well, much like his work on DTGL, or further back when he was with This Runs Through. Aaron’s singing is just as good as it was on DTGL, if not better.

The production is top notch on Lost In The Sound of Separation. The drums sound crisp and sharp, the guitars sound thick, and the vocals are clear. LITSOS utilizes quite a few more production techniques and tricks then there were on the much rawer DTGL, but this only manages to make this album even better then it’s predecessor.

With Lost In The Sound of Seperation, Underoath manages to exceed the expectations and create an album that is heavier and denser then Define The Great Line. This is one of the best metalcore albums that I have heard, and although I personally prefer Define The Great Line, this is still a album that you should pick up and check out.



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WhiteWallStargazers
February 4th 2010



2647 Comments


Finally bothered to review this band

Lelle
February 4th 2010



2150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You might've waited a bit to long though, bro. Good review though, pos'd

HeadbangMastermind93
February 4th 2010



624 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is good...I still like Define a little better...

asaf
February 4th 2010



885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

if it weren't for their production there'd be nothing left... it's all been sort of meh after TCOT.

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WhiteWallStargazers
February 4th 2010



2647 Comments


really? I think they keep improving, they take the standard metalcore and add their own flair to it. . .plus Spencers vocals are just good and enjoyable

Nikkolae
February 4th 2010



4766 Comments


you cant honestly listen "too bright to see, too loud to hear", "the only Survivor was miraculously unharmed" or "desperate times, desperate measures" and say its meh worthy

Digging: We Came Out Like Tigers - Ever-Crushed at Pecket's Well

Mordecai.
February 4th 2010



8270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cries of the Past is better than this. But this is still solid.

bloc
February 4th 2010



34669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I SAY REDEMPTION

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

TheSpirit
February 4th 2010



17144 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

COTP>DTGL>LITSOS

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Gyromania
February 4th 2010



15197 Comments


This album doesn't even come close to DTGL.

Rationalist
February 4th 2010



880 Comments


your boss insisting you work more then is humanly possible,

"Then" should be "than".

or in the case of Florida based Metal

"Metal" should be "metal, as it is an adjective used in this context.

post rock

This should be "post-rock" with a hyphen. This incorrect spelling is used several times.

Musically the band is at their best on LITSOS.

I believe there should be a comma after musically, but I'm not sure. Also, it is very unprofessiobal to abbreviate an album's name, especially when you don't do that later.

The bass is handled by Grant Brandell and while being quite buried in the mix like most metal records, appears now and then to remind you that there is actually a bassist in the band.

The use of the word, "quite" is awkward. This record is not metal (tis metalcore). I'd personally like to see a comma after Brandell.

as his pads and synth lines give the album it’s

its*


The production is top notch

top-notch*

Also, just some things I noticed. When mentioning a specific member of the band, mention them by their full name first. You did that, but its a lot more professional to mention them then on out by their last name rather than their first. I'd rewrite that last paragraph as well, as it doesn't stand up to the rest of the review.

fromtheinside
February 4th 2010



17714 Comments


AT THE END, OF IT ALLLL, WE WILL BE SOLD FOR PARTS

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Rationalist
February 4th 2010



880 Comments


"We Are The Involuntary" can die in a pit.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2010



30865 Comments


At the end of it all I will sell you for pants fromtheinside

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

bloc
February 4th 2010



34669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^lol

LP about fuckin time, I was singing all by myself...

qwe3
February 5th 2010



21353 Comments


this is the sound of settling

theacademy
February 5th 2010



28232 Comments


http://www.sporcle.com/games/theglasseater/coheedandcambria

Captain North
February 5th 2010



6779 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol @ qwe

Yeah, this album rocks so damn fucking hard its not funny.

Asiatic667
February 5th 2010



4647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

If only this was half as good as its hyped

Emim
February 5th 2010



26476 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Aaron is fricking schizophrenic behind the kit. One of my favorites by far.



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