Album DescriptionUnderoath's potential was truly tapped upon entering the studio with James Wisner (Dashboard Confessional, Further Seems Forever) to create their third studio release, "They're Only Chasing Safety," dropping June 15, 2004. The new vocals meld into what Underoath has been evolving to become for years: a cleaner, more direct heavy rock style avoiding any hardcore clichis they might have previously garnered. And with their innovative keyboard / electronic heavy base for the dynamic 10 song release, it's hard to imagine anyone penning Underoath with clichis at all. Still, fans of the previously metal-driven band may be in for a shock as catchy choruses and hooks dominate this release.
"If hardcore kids want to like us, that's awesome," McTague elaborates, "but we're not trying to impress them. And as far as kids saying we've sold out...kids like that just like to talk. They might be weirded out at first [by the new album], but hopefully it will catch on, but if not, who cares, you know?"
There's no doubt with infectious choruses on stand-out tracks like "Reinventing Your Exit," and "80's Song" along with the pure magnitude and passion of each track, that the songs will, in fact, catch on regardless of where the band's concerns lie. Still Underoath remains apathetic toward critics and will keep concentrating on what they know best: writing songs they like and playing shows relentlessly because that's what they love doing.
"Everyone is all about making things more marketable, receivable, accessible, and in turn have watered down everything from their faith to their struggles in life, and I think people need to start being real," McTague concludes. "Our goal is to write an album that changes music and impacts people in a huge way. I think we might start something with this record, but I think there is a lot more to uncover in the future...this is by far the closest we have ever come to that though."
Record Label Tooth & Nail Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.98" Width: 5.96" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.22 lbs.
Release Date Jun 15, 2004
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 0012277703 EAN 0724358318401 UPC 724358318401
The cd is good, but I get irritated with the song "boy brushed in red", tell me if I am wrong, but I think it sounds as if it is Taking Back Sunday. Thats way I am rating this CD 4 stars, the songs sound good. I would much rather recomend this CD, over Define the Great Line. This album is pretty well made and has nice pseodo break downs, nothing new in this time, but they sound good though!
-thumbs up- Feb 22, 2007
This album isn't quite as screamy (for lack of a better word) as I'd like it to be, and it all kinda sounds alike, but it's pretty decent.
I don't get it... Feb 8, 2007
I don't get it. I don't understand what a lot of their lyrics are really about; maybe I'm just too old to get it. What I do get, however, is that this is a great CD. I bought this CD a few years ago after hearing "Reinventing Your Exit" on a Christian rock station. The first few times I heard the song, I hated it, but it grew on me. I listened to the whole CD and, at first, lamented my decision to buy it. I gave it a few more chances, and started to like it.
I think what makes it a difficult sell at first is all the odd breaks and synth fills. They don't seem to really fit at first, but once I got the overall idea of their music, those breaks and fills started to work.
Their drummer is probably the brightest point in the group. Not only does he sing most of the more melodic vocals, but his drum riffs and fills are aggressive, precise, and just plain brilliant. Even if you already have and like this CD, take the time to go back and just listen to the drums. There are certain drum fills that are likely just synth loops, but if you pay close attention to the drummer himself, you're likely to hear a few things you may have missed.
The lead singer (screamer may be a better term) has a young, brash, angry snarl that almost goes over the top at times, yet works very well as a counterpoint to the drummer's singing. The back and forth of the two singing styles helps to introduce two moods to most of their songs. The drummer's voice brings a bit of a melancholy, apologetic, almost sweet feeling to the songs. The lead singer's voice is full of anger and frustration. The two together give me an impression of someone who at first is sweet and forgiving, but after taking too much BS, finally lashes out.
A perfect example of their complementing each other is found on the song "It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door". Some of the drummer's singing is eerie and has a dreamlike quality as though he is passively viewing himself "drowning in his sleep". The lead singer's voice offers a contrast to the drummer's in that we feel his panic and pain. Sadly, the snippet here on this site does that song no justice whatsoever.
The guitarists for the most part aren't flashy. They don't play leads, and don't riff all over the songs. They are however, very solid, and melodic, and their playing is perfect for the music.
About the only low point for me concerning this album is the track "Blue Note". I REALLY don't get that... doesn't feel like it fits the album, and is far too short in my opinion to be given it's own track listing. I suppose it was meant as sort of an intermission, as it appears near the middle of the CD, but if anything, that momentary pause from the meat and potatoes of the album takes away more than it adds.
Bottom line, if you want to hear something aggressive, yet musically creative and stylistically diverse, these guys are worth a listen. Just remember to give them a few chances before you give up on them. This album really does take some time to grow on you.
Underoath: They're Only Chasing Safety Jan 21, 2007
Underoath Rules!!! The tracks on the Cd are amazing.
Baaa baaa, music for sheep (0 stars) Sep 19, 2006
Emo noisemaking and Christian themes. The two worst elements of our society combined in a package filled with talentless musicianship. Face it kids this is a fad. A really pathetic fad. Disco was a fad and they has thousands upon thousands of drones listening and participating in the Disco scene. The same happened with Hair Metal and Nu-Metal. Those scenes are completely dead and gone and so will this one be one day. You will look back on this period of your life tied up in this fad in embarrasment of your blatant stupidity. As I always say in my reviews, this is trash and should be treated so accordingly. This band should take their Emo wrist cutting lyrics to heart and kill themselves for the better of humanity.