Underoath
They're Only Chasing Safety


4.0
excellent

Review

by xfragiletimex USER (2 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 89 replies | 9,568 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


2 of 6 thought this review was well written

Band:underOATH
Members
Spencer Chamberlain-Vocals
Tim McTague-Guitar
James Smith-Guitar
Grant Brandell-Bass
Chris Dudley-Keys
Aaron Gillespie-Drums, Vocals

They're Only Chasing Safety
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Track Listing
01. Young and Aspiring
02. A Boy Brushed Red....Living In Black and White
03. The Impact of Reason
04. Reinventing Your Exit
05. The Blue Note
06. It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door
07. Down, Set, Go
08. I Don't Feel Very Receptive Today
09. I'm Content With Losing
10. Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape

Here we go:

01. Young And Aspiring 10/10
The new underOATH cd opens up with the best song on the album. Young And Aspiring as shows that underOATH has changed but that they didn't lose their power. This song shows that underOATH is not a straight up hardcore band anymore. Now they are more like a screamo band so all you hardcore kids might be a little dissapointed.

02. A Boy Brushed Red....Living In Black and White 8/10
The next song is alot softer. Not as much screaming but enough to keep the energy of the song up. Great backup and lead vocals and great guitar work.

03. The Impact of Reason 6/10
The opening of this song is with a guitar riff that is one of my favorites on this album. The rest of this song on the other hand isn't that great. Even though the song is only 3:23 is feels like it goes on forever. I think it is the worst song on the album but it still gets a 7.

04. Reinventing Your Exit 10/10
I think that this song is the second best on the album. Great energy and really really good lyrics. If you have heard a song on this album and you dodn't know what it was it was probably this song.

05. The Blue Note 6/10
Filler track.

06. It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door 7/10
The begining of this song has really good screaming by Spencer but then it goes into some techno rap thing for about 25 seconds and then it turns into an emo song. Ok song.

07. Down, Set, Go 9/10
Great song. The mixture of singing and screaming in this song makes it one of the best songs on the album. The one good thing about the new screamer is that he can sing and scream so the band can blend the two elements together perfectly.

08. I Don't Feel Very Receptive Today 9/10
This song IS the old underOATH. The most hardcore song on the album. It has the same energy that reminds me of when Dallas was the singer (those were the days...). Great song.

09. I'm Content With Losing 8/10
I really like thi song. Not the best but its right up there. Again a good mixture of singing and screaming. Has a really catchy chorus. Very good song.

10. Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape 10/10
Another one of the best songs on the album. About half of the song is an acoustic ballad type song. You can hear how passionate Spencer is with his lyrics especially when the screaming comes in. At about 2:50 the screaming starts again with Spencer yelling out "Jesus I'm ready to come home" personally I think this is on of the best parts if not the best part of the album even though its only about one minute long. GREAT SONG.

This album as a whole is a masterpiece! You need to go pick it up right now. And as for all of you hardcore kids you should pick this up too. I do like straight up hardcore like underOATH's past cd's but this one tops them all.

THIS ALBUM GETS AN 11/10! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

GO BUY IT!

EDIT Note: Score changed based on the ratings given for single tracks, because of the biased view of the Reviewer. -Damrod


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BuddyBigsby
June 21st 2004



531 Comments


1. They were never ever straight up hardcore. They were a very black metal influenced metal/metalcore band and then on Changing of Times they experimented with just a little bit of emocore. Listen to Bane or Stretch Arm Strong, that's what straight-up hardcore sounds like.

2. They are not screamo. Stuff like Poison the Well, Thursday, The Used, etc. is not what screamo is. The media lied to you. Screamo is actually way different. This could be classified as very poppy emocore.

3. This album is horrible, in my opinion. They totally threw out any originality they had to sound like every other "Screamo" band coming out of the woodwork now. They're going to be dead with this trend in two years, which is sad, because they had much more longevity with their old sound.

Also, I would like to point out the irony of the album title, They're Only Chasing Safety. I wonder if they deliberately named the album that in reference to themselves.

cbmartinez
June 21st 2004



2525 Comments


Yeah this album really does suck balls. Again with the "Christian Hardcore" :rolleyes:

usedfinch123
July 4th 2004



3 Comments


i ignore the christian part of their genre haha.......i love this album so much it IS a big change....but in MY opinion they are still good....i like this as much as the old stuff.....i love spencer's sound personally cant get enough of this cd

CommieCanada
July 4th 2004



68 Comments


i really do like this album

EnFuego
July 31st 2004



4 Comments


hey, new member here, had to sign up to reply to this, first off, their new screamer is so much better than their old one. the reasons why? short screams suck, witch their old screamer couldnt hold a good scream, in the song when the sun sleeps, its like, short little screams? like, wtf? seriously its best if they can hold screams its sounds 10 times better. i saw them live at warped tour this summer and i thgoutht they were killer. i dont know why anyone wouldnt like these guys, anyway the album doesnt suck, its very very good and well put together, and i think they have a good reason why they got rid of their old screamer. obveously my opinion is a good one, saying that, short screams suck compaired to long once. and good sounding too. their old one didnt sound too good. was very like, idk just....idk.....but just the sound of their new one is good. and in my opinion their screamer/singer sound very very similar live compared to the album. so thats always a good thing for a band to have, is to sound the same live as they do on CD, if they change their voices on teh CD people see them live and are like, um, wtf, this is gay. so they have very very good qualities and idk why people dont like them. i mean, even my friend, who only listens to death metal, speed metal, and hardcore even likes them, i got him into them, i was like, hey, i found this cool band called underoath, and they are like, screemo. and he was like, um, well you know me i dont like that stuff. i was like, just listen to the album, after he was done, he couldnt get enuff. he loved it. so it even satisfies people who love just hardcore and screaming music. so i say, from that, its not a bad album, and they dont suck now. i beleive they got better.

-please reply

CommieCanada
July 31st 2004



68 Comments


^ agreed

BuddyBigsby
July 31st 2004



531 Comments


[QUOTE=EnFuego]hey,.... *blah blah blah, typo typo typo. s[font=verdana]h[/font]itty opinion and so on and so forth*[/QUOTE]

Well I'm glad you signed up to make that worthless post. I'm going to explain something to you and then I'm going to make fun of you. Ready? Ok here we go.

Explanation
I will agree with you that Spencer is a better fit with Underoath... now that they're playing THIS kind of music. The music sucks and all, but he fits with them. Dallas would be totally out of place here, and he was out of place at times on Changing of Times. He didn't necessarily do a "bad" job, it's just that he didn't fit with the music on certain songs, but I'm guessing you've just heard "When the Sun Sleeps" so you wouldn't know. Listen to a song like "A Message for Adrienne", though, and he sounds fine. If you listen to their old, black metal influenced stuff, he fits PERFECTLY with the band. It's not about who's better than who, it's about who's better at WHAT than the other one. I haven't heard Spencer sing any of the Changing of Times songs, but my guess would be that he would work with those as well, as he fit fine in This Runs Through, his old metalcore band.

Making fun of you

idk.....but just the sound of their new one is good. and in my opinion their screamer/singer sound very very similar live compared to the album. so thats always a good thing for a band to have, is to sound the same live as they do on CD, if they change their voices on teh CD people see them live and are like, um, wtf, this is gay. so they have very very good qualities and idk why people dont like them. i mean, even my friend, who only listens to death metal, speed metal, and hardcore even likes them, i got him into them, i was like, hey, i found this cool band called underoath, and they are like, screemo. and he was like, um, well you know me i dont like that stuff. i was like, just listen to the album, after he was done, he couldnt get enuff. he loved it. so it even satisfies people who love just hardcore and screaming music. so i say, from that, its not a bad album, and they dont suck now. i beleive they got better.


- Screemo? I think you mean screamo, which Underoath are not. Don't try and argue this with me because you very very obviously don't know what screamo is.

- idk. wtf. lol. omg. wtf, this is gay!. enuff.

- I doubt your friend listens to hardcore. Maybe he pops in an Atreyu CD occasionally and calls it hardcore, but you do not listen to this genre and not know who Underoath is.

- Grammatical error overload

Bnizzle
July 31st 2004



1 Comments


i also saw them at worp tour and agree they are a great band with a good sound and i hope to be hearing alot more of them

cbmartinez
July 31st 2004



2525 Comments


[QUOTE=BuddyBigsby]Well I'm glad you signed up to make that worthless post. I'm going to explain something to you and then I'm going to make fun of you. Ready? Ok here we go.

Explanation
I will agree with you that Spencer is a better fit with Underoath... now that they're playing THIS kind of music. The music sucks and all, but he fits with them. Dallas would be totally out of place here, and he was out of place at times on Changing of Times. He didn't necessarily do a "bad" job, it's just that he didn't fit with the music on certain songs, but I'm guessing you've just heard "When the Sun Sleeps" so you wouldn't know. Listen to a song like "A Message for Adrienne", though, and he sounds fine. If you listen to their old, black metal influenced stuff, he fits PERFECTLY with the band. It's not about who's better than who, it's about who's better at WHAT than the other one. I haven't heard Spencer sing any of the Changing of Times songs, but my guess would be that he would work with those as well, as he fit fine in This Runs Through, his old metalcore band.

Making fun of you


- Screemo? I think you mean screamo, which Underoath are not. Don't try and argue this with me because you very very obviously don't know what screamo is.

- idk. wtf. lol. omg. wtf, this is gay!. enuff.

- I doubt your friend listens to hardcore. Maybe he pops in an Atreyu CD occasionally and calls it hardcore, but you do not listen to this genre and not know who Underoath is.

- Grammatical error overload[/QUOTE]

Heheh. Pwned.

Buddy, didn't you say that some older UnderOATH came close to screamo?

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 31st 2004



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

[QUOTE=xfragiletimex] THIS ALBUM GETS AN 11/10! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

GO BUY IT![/QUOTE]

What the hell. This album gets < 82% for me. This review is absolutely terrible. "Reinventing Your Exit" is straight up blow.

ether
July 31st 2004



1 Comments


This cd is decent, but its no The Changing of Times.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 31st 2004



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Also, what's with the capitalized OATH. That's so stupid.

BuddyBigsby
August 1st 2004



531 Comments


[QUOTE=cbmartinez24]Heheh. Pwned.

Buddy, didn't you say that some older UnderOATH came close to screamo?[/QUOTE]

I said something to that effect, if I recall correctly, but I was referring to the fake brand of screamo, not the real stuff. Not older as in the first two albums either, older as in a couple of songs on The Changing of Times

cbmartinez
August 1st 2004



2525 Comments


Ohhhhh, okay.

XTheShowMustGoOnX
August 1st 2004



2 Comments


Hardcore/Metalcore Education


Thats a link to a thread that will explain screamo to you.. Underoath is not included

BuddyBigsby
August 1st 2004



531 Comments


Bahaha, nice plug TheShow. Good to have another warrior in the screamo fight around these parts.

BridgeToSolace
August 1st 2004



24 Comments


[QUOTE=BuddyBigsby]- Screemo? I think you mean screamo, which Underoath are not. Don't try and argue this with me because you very very obviously don't know what screamo is.[/QUOTE]

Of course, this genre lesson is coming from the same person that called Thursday emo in another thread. (Not that I disagree with you, he doesn't know what screamo is. Just to show I'm not talking out of my *** - Cricle Takes The Square, Kaospilot, Pg. 99)

You don't seem to know what emocore is either. (I still love you)

-

I haven't heard any old Underoath, so I can't judge by comparison. Which an album really shouldn't be judged upon. This album is generic, and does nothing new. I still like it though. It's catchy, it's heavy at points, great vocals, and overall, it's good. I got sick of it relativly fast though.

2.5/5 Average.

For a christian band, I don't see any christianity in their lyrics AT ALL.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 2nd 2004



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

[QUOTE=BleedthesKY]Of course, this genre lesson is coming from the same person that called Thursday emo in another thread. (Not that I disagree with you, he doesn't know what screamo is. Just to show I'm not talking out of my *** - Cricle Takes The Square, Kaospilot, Pg. 99)

You don't seem to know what emocore is either. (I still love you)
[/QUOTE]

Could you please cite this. In my experience Buddy has always been great with genres so it's a surprise he'd call Thursday emo. Maybe he was making a cruel sacrastic mimic of an uneducated user and the context is messed up on your citation. Please show me where it went down.

BuddyBigsby
August 2nd 2004



531 Comments


o.O

I do not remember calling Thursday emo and if I did... I don't know what the hell happened. Maybe I was tired or something, because I sure as hell wouldn't say that in my right mind.

PS. Please elaborate on the emocore thing.

BridgeToSolace
August 2nd 2004



24 Comments


[QUOTE=BuddyBigsby]o.O

I do not remember calling Thursday emo and if I did... I don't know what the hell happened. Maybe I was tired or something, because I sure as hell wouldn't say that in my right mind.

PS. Please elaborate on the emocore thing.[/QUOTE]

"First of all, metalcore DOES come from Agnostic Front-y hardcore, except that it's the modern stuff, not the classic stuff like Agnostic Front, Cro Mags, etc. Thursday really aren't hardcore at all. They could be considered emo or post-hardcore."

http://www.musicianforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=173990&page=2&pp=25

I'll elaborate later on the emocore thing, I'm tired as hell so I'm going to bed now.



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