This article originally appeared on Reaper Magazine.
Underoath are back!
It’s been five years since fans heard new music from Metalcore heavyweights, Underoath. The last new songs, “Sunburnt” and “Unsound”, were featured on the band’s anthology before their breakup in 2013. These singles along with the band’s earlier release, “Ø (Disambiguation)”, were the first recordings that did not feature drummer, vocalist and founding member Aaron Gillespie, who left the band in 2010.
There was a glimmer of hope for new music when the band reunited with Aaron for their 2016 global “Rebirth Tour”, which saw them playing previous albums “Define The Great Line” and “Lost In The Sound Of Separation” in their entirety, but alas no new music just yet. The time finally arrived on 22 February 2018 with the almost ambush-like announcement of the music video for the new single “On My Teeth” and a new album “Erase Me”, which was released on 6 April 2018. The single and album were produced by Matt Squire and released through Fearless Records, a change from the previous three albums, which were produced by Matt Goldman and Adam Dutkiewicz through Tooth & Nail Records.
The announcement took most fans by surprise but they were quick to listen to the new track and it wasn’t disappointing.
The song starts with Chris Dudley’s synth, leading fluidly into Aaron’s fast-paced, high-energy drumming which build up the anticipation, halting to let you take an excited breath before vocalist Spencer Chamberlain begins his vocal assault.
Then all of a sudden, for the first time ever in the bands’ twenty-year existence, *Spoiler Alert* Spencer screams out an f-bomb with absolute power and conviction. This single expletive has been met with mixed reactions as the band has its foundations as a Christian band, a brand they have long tried to shake off – point made.
The pre-chorus and chorus of the song are catchy with good hooks and shared vocals between Spencer and Aaron, although Spencer does take the vocal lead throughout the song. The chorus makes an effective anchor for the song as it changes pace between punchy verses and the haunting bridge.
“On My Teeth” was a great choice for a comeback single as it captures Underoath’s new sound while somehow retaining a familiarity that will make fans feel like they never left. With a ten-year gap since this current line-up wrote and released an album together, it is no surprise that “On My Teeth” reveals a progression not only in sound but in perspective that shows in the honesty of the lyrics. The new album “Erase Me” will hopefully speak to fans in the same way as the seven albums preceding it.
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Written by Sam Camara