Review: Underoath "Lost in the Sound of Separation"
Following Define the Great Line, Christian heavy metal band "Underoath" released their album "Lost in the Sound of Separation." I enjoyed "Define the Great Line" however it still sounds immature and underdeveloped in comparison to "Lost in the Sound of Separation." The band has stated that it would be "heavier" and "darker" than Define the Great Line. Make no mistake - they were right.
Throughout his musical career, Spencer Chamberlain has been developing his vocal identity with Melissa Cross, his coach. Alternative press stated the following:
"his bellow [is] more carnal and guttural, [and] his high end more tuneful than whiny. Now when Chamberlain's relating those things that eat at the edges of his conscience and his soul, he has the kind of multi-faceted caterwaul to convey that despair....reaches inward, confronting every ugly crevice of his being, often emerging from the clash furious and disoriented, but hopeful." (1)
In 2010, the Deluxe edition was nominated a dove award for recorded music packaging of the year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.
The music video for "Too bright to see, Too loud to hear" was nominated for short form music video of the year.
The album was debuted number 8 at the Billboard 200 charts selling 56,000 copies in the U.S alone.
I'll review three sample songs from the album:
1. Desperate Times, Desperate measures
2. Emergency broadcast: The End is near
3. Breathing in a new mentality
Desperate times, Desperate measures – The down-tuned catchy guitar riff Spencer's vocals comes in as he sounds like a death-core screamer. The intensity of his screams helps you envision the desperation of his state of being. The chorus is also a fitting rhythmic transition. The energetic upbeat rhythm of the song gets your blood pumping for more.
Emergency broadcast: The End is near – The gloomy guitar riff sets a dark tone for the song. Spencer's guttural growls sound bellow throughout the song as he screams “At the end of it all we will be sold for parts..” The instruments give a sensation that the world is going to end.
Breathing in a new mentality – This song creates the perfect atmosphere for what the songwriter is trying to express. The chilling voice effects in this song is supposed to make you feel like a mental patient trapped inside an isolated cell.
What i like about this album:
Underoath had their own musical identity in Define the Great Line but they still sounded like your typical generic screamo rock band. In this album, Spencer refined his vocals to better communicate his message. The synth, bass, drums, guitars, and vocals all gave the album a very dark and heavy mood. “Lost in the Sound of Separation” makes Underoath stand out as a unique metal-core band. Each song was made to express the theme of what it means to be “Lost in the Sound of Separation.”
What i dislike about the album:
Aaron's singing wasn't as emotional as it was in songs such as “Writing on the walls.” While there were songs where his voice emphasized the lyrics, he didn't keep it to a consistent basis. Many songs are also not memorable. The titles are unnecessarily long and are irrelevant to the song lyrics.
The Standard edition - Comes with a CD and a 20-page booklet.
The Deluxe edition - A 5-panel digipak having 10" colored saw blade die cut heavy gram vinyl and a 56 page book in addition to the CD and booklet.
The Special edition - Comes with a bonus DVD having a 40 minute documentary on the making of the album alongside the CD and the booklet
In summary, Underoath has evolved into a solid metal-core band with a more mature identity. "Lost in the Sound of Separation" more artistically expresses Underoath's message of pain, agony, desperation, and of salvation through Jesus Christ.