Underoath
Define the Great Line


4.5
superb

Review

by Josh Howe USER (18 Reviews)
August 8th, 2013 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The ‘’Defining’’ album of Underoath’s career.

I really didn’t know how to approach this review with all the things l wanted to say about it, l just wanted to talk about them all without the review dragging on too long. But this band and album deserve a long review. Define the Great Line is Underoath’s 5th studio effort and without a doubt is their best effort.

The obvious starting point of this album is the massive improvement in the harsh vocal department. Spencer Chamberlain’s vocals are full of raw power and passion and on songs like ‘’A Moment Suspended in Time’’ his improvement really shines through to deliver his best performance of the album and also on any of his previous Underoath albums. Drummer and clean vocalist Aaron Gillespie has some of the best pipes in the business, and they are really highlighted in most songs. His most impressive performance comes from ‘’Moving For the Sake of Motion’’ where he lends his best vocal performance of the album, while also contributing a crushing drum section full of speed and power. Definitely one of the standouts of the record.

The atmosphere presented on this album is unlike any of its predecessors. ‘’Salmarnir’’ is an interlude song which includes passages from the bible to highlight Underoath’s Christian beliefs. This is really a song that takes some time to get into, but it displays some of the best atmosphere of any song on the record. One of the supreme qualities of this album is its ability to draw the listener in. Another standout ‘’Casting Such a Thin Shadow’’ is a song which allows the listener to be drawn in and really presents another side to Underoath through its slow build up and really interesting vocals. Album closer ‘’To Whom It May Concern’’ is also a remarkable closer which highlights Aaron’s strong clean vocals and a really nice melodic guitar mixed with synth, which make it a really memorable song.

Timothy Mctague also creates some amazing atmosphere with his impressive guitar riffs and the atmospheric tones really add another dimension. James Smith also adds some cool rhythm guitar riffs and does a great job in backing Tim up in each song. Grant Brandell with his bass playing also allows a real stronger sound to escape from the album, although the bass can only be heard if you’re specifically listening for it, he really adds more of an edgier and cleaner overall sound.

Christopher Dudley is one of the unsung heroes of Underoath. His contributions on each song with keyboards and synthesisers really do add more variety and an essence of experimentation that each time adds something different to the song and makes each song totally unique. The song that most demonstrates Underoath’s incredible improvement is ‘’Writing on the Walls’’. Here every single element of Underoath is added to craft a really remarkable song that shows how capable each band member is in their role. Crushing harsh vocals mixed with soaring cleans, a catchy riff and a great atmosphere set by Chris Dudley ultimately makes this Underoath’s best song of their career.

Underoath’s 5th album ‘’Define the Great Line’’ is without a doubt Underoath’s defining (pun intended) moment of their career. A truly brilliant album that has stood the test of time, and has certainly set a bar most bands cannot even come close to reaching.



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joshieboy12345
August 8th 2013


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Constructive criticism always welcome. Also my 10th review. I think my writing has gotten a lot better since my 1st. Decided to review Underoath and this album due to this being one of my all time favourite albums.

Rowan5215
August 8th 2013


27879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You could probably get rid of that first paragraph dude, and there's a couple of points (like "Another standout ‘’Casting Such a Thin Shadow’’ is a song which allows the listener to be drawn in and really presents another side to Underoath through its slow build up and really interesting vocals.") where you could go into detail a little more (what exactly makes the vocals interesting, etc.) but overall nice review and good job with the rating man.

joshieboy12345
August 8th 2013


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah l had no clue of how to start the review. Had the body paragraphs and conclusion all spaced out, but introduction was annoying. If you're a big fan of the album, you would know what i'm trying to say about ''Casting Such a Thin Shadow''. Plus didn't want to go into too much detail, didn't want to make the review too long.

Rowan5215
August 8th 2013


27879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh yeah I know exactly what you mean with the vocals on Casting, it's one of my favourites on here, I'm just saying you could've gone into more detail in the review. I wouldn't care too much how long or short it is, as long as you get your point across then it's all good.

joshieboy12345
August 8th 2013


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah the review was 550 words, might of gone over 600 if l talked about everything haha.

Rowan5215
August 8th 2013


27879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ah well dude it's up to you how much you want to talk about, I just thought parts of it were a bit too general, y'know?

joshieboy12345
August 8th 2013


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nar all good man. Constructive criticism is what it's all about. Everyone gets better at writing with practice.

KILL
August 8th 2013


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

m/

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BigPleb
August 8th 2013


37585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Any songs you like here kill?

KILL
August 8th 2013


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nah, its been a while tho

BigPleb
August 8th 2013


37585 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ha, and will be a while from now!

KILL
August 8th 2013


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yea i stay away from all this meloturdcore made for 15 year olds these days, was jammin sum zao yesterday tho m/

KILL
August 8th 2013


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

dude my uncle used to jam em legit i am true

Storm In A Teacup
August 8th 2013


13191 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like bands and this is one of them

TooLateToGoBack
August 8th 2013


1779 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

one of my favorite records

skoopy48
August 8th 2013


1563 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^Same

spartanawasp
August 8th 2013


303 Comments


To Whom it May Concern is one of my favorite tracks ever.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2013


16789 Comments


This ruled back in the day...

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kingjulian
August 8th 2013


1298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty good review. This album is beastly.

intotheshit
August 8th 2013


3639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It ruled until I actually heard other metalcore albums.



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