Underoath
Live At Koko


4.0
excellent

Review

by Comatorium. USER (42 Reviews)
April 13th, 2010 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Live At Koko" perfectly captures Underoath at their prime, coming off the heels of a fantastic album and playing a great setlist to a very enthusiastic crowd.

Live At Koko is Underoath's second live release, and is by far their best. It was recorded at the first stop of their recent London tour, and is part of the Live from Abbey Road series. It is also the last UO release to feature drummer and vocalist Aaron Gillespie.

The show was recorded directly from the soundboard straight through the entire set, yet it sounds close to immaculate. This is quite surprising given all the different aspects of Underoath's live show, including Spencer Chamberlain's massively improved vocal range, Gillespie's tight drumming, and Christopher Dudley's atmospheric keyboards. The setlist itself is pretty well chosen, though there's gonna be a musical elitist/scene kid rift at the band's decision to not close with prerequisite single "A Boy Brushed Red." Oh well, they do what they can.

As said before, the whole show sounds extremely tight. Every part of the band comes out crystal clear and sounds excellent, most notably Spencer Chamberlain's vocals. They are simply massive. To listen to this and imagine that it is the same bloke on "They're Only Chasing Safety" is quite fascinating. Even on cuts from that album, Chamberlain seamlessly glides from high pitched shrieks to deep, guttural bellows that sound their most epic during the slower, more build-up oriented songs from Lost In The Sound Of Separation, namely "Emergency Broadcast" and "Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear." The songs "Casting Such A Thin Shadow" and "A Moment Suspended In Time" from Define The Great Line also use this newfound screaming skill to great effect.

Gillespie sounds as tight as ever on his kit, and every hit comes through remarkably well for a live recording. The only gripe i can find with the audio lies in that sometimes his vocals can be drowned out by the guitarists, and his own drumming. The guitars sound extremely good as well, with very few (easily audible) mistakes, and some improvisation during extended versions of songs.

This release is a necessary to any Underoath fan's collection, and is definitely preferable to Survive, Kaleidoscope, which when compared to this sounds slapshod and unpolished. Definitely check this out for that little extra push you need to shell out money for concert tickets in the future...

Recommended Tracks:

In Regards To Myself
We Are The Involuntary
Desperate Times, Desperate Measures
Breathing In A New Mentality
Young And Aspiring

*** it, all of them.



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Comatorium.
April 14th 2010


4180 Comments


First review in a while, really enjoying this, and normally i dont go for live shit.

JWT155
April 14th 2010


9314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not bad but the production could have been much better, you can barely hear Aaron at times. I prefer Survive Kaleidoscope.

Comatorium.
April 14th 2010


4180 Comments


Really? i think this sounds miles better than Survive Kaleidoscope.

Nikkolae
April 14th 2010


4865 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

is this just a record or is it a dvd too?, review sounds great, will check out

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shortone323
April 14th 2010


883 Comments


Review seems pretty good, although sometimes you place "and" after a comma and it slows down the pace that it's read, at least for me. One example is 4th paragraph, 2nd sentence. You could remove the comma after guitarists and the sentence would flow better. But I think it's grammatically correct regardless, so it's just preference. I pos'd regardless.

And I'm not a big fan of Underoath, even though I do like a few songs from all of their albums that I've listened too. I might be wrong, but it seems like there's nothing from The Changing of the Times here, and that is my favorite album of theirs. But that was a different vocalist (right?) and obviously it wouldn't be on here. I need some clarification on my Underoath knowledge haha.



Comatorium.
April 14th 2010


4180 Comments


I believe its just the CD. And thank you.

Comatorium.
April 14th 2010


4180 Comments


Yeah they dont play anything from The Changing Of Times and back. They still talk to Dallas Taylor and tour with his band and shit, so i guess they dont wanna ruin his songs.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2010


17224 Comments


hows the clean vocals on Too Bright to See...? because I've seen it live a couple of times and it's always been atrocious.

reeshespeeshes
April 14th 2010


64 Comments


Exact set when I saw them in November, may consider getting this

Comatorium.
April 14th 2010


4180 Comments


Ive never liked their vocals live, but this is a major improvement.

ThePalaceOfWisdom
April 14th 2010


1134 Comments


album is terrible, like most live albums. Band is good live, but this album is a pretty bad example of their live shows.

Comatorium.
April 14th 2010


4180 Comments


Sure.

himynameisjustin
April 14th 2010


40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I agree with JWT, you can barely hear aaron at all. If you hear him, it would be 100 times better than Survive. They dvd for Survive was great, but i didn't like how the songs on the CD were from different venues. This album flows a lot nicer, being that it's all form one show.

Alucard125
April 14th 2010


537 Comments


Is the album ever going to be sold outside of their online store? Cause £15 is waaaaay to much for a CD, and I need this badly.

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Bluue
April 14th 2010


38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review and Spencer's vocals are amazing on this, his vocals live on this release are ten times better then they were in TOCS which may not be saying much but it's best approximation I can give.

Comatorium.
April 14th 2010


4180 Comments


I was shocked at Spencer's screaming. I saw them live years ago and he's totally different now. i wonder if he still does all that gay shit.

kenti123
May 15th 2010


136 Comments


met these guys..all i can say is..lol..go love your self more

TheSpirit
May 15th 2010


17987 Comments


*yourself

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kenti123
May 15th 2010


136 Comments


thanx for the help.was afraid you wouldn't understand it

Ire
May 15th 2010


41820 Comments


*Thanks



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