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Album Review- “Erase Me” inarguably proves that Underøath’s only true competition is themselves.


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Underoath is:
Spencer Chamberlain − vocals 
Aaron Gillespie − drums, vocals 
Tim McTague − guitar 
Chris Dudley − keyboard
Grant Brandell − bass 
James Smith − guitar

With eight years having passed since we last heard new music from Underøath, that near decade-length absence weighed heavily upon music lovers’ hearts.When you consider all of the bands that formed using their idiosyncratic power and texture as blueprints (and then hearing those pretenders fail anyway), you can clearly see the hole Underøath left behind.

 

“We were just done by that point. We never knew how long it was going to last. How many hardcore bands last? It’s not like we hated each other, the music or the industry. We blinked, and a decade went by of never being home. But we needed that break, otherwise now wouldn’t have been possible.” said Chamberlain, the band’s  dynamic frontman,“We had been doing this for 13 or so years,”

“We got about two weeks into the Rebirth tour,” remembers drummer/vocalist Gillespie, “and thought, ‘Waaaaait a second. This is too important. It’s too important to our fans and it’s too important to us and the feelings we have playing together are too important to ignore.’ And then we slowly asked the question: What’s next?

And what was next was “Erase Me” set to hit be released April 6th, 2018 by Fearless Records. Right out of the gate, “It Has To Start Somewhere” throws you back into your seat right before it launches you into outer space.“Rapture” has as prog feel that all generations will enjoy, while “No Frame” drives you into the outer space into the deep abyss, this track is one of my favorites, one that you can just lean back and chill and enjoy, the electronics on this is insane to where you just lose yourself in the music.   The first single “On My Teeth,” seemingly sends a warning to listeners to protect their necks.

Underøath may have tempered the punishing riffage of their previous releases, but they doubled-down on the urgency, via every scream out of Chamberlain’s face, guitarist McTague’s sense of the appropriate and Gillespie’s frenetic thrashing of his kit. When considering the pretenders that came to fill the void during their absence, Erase Me inarguably proves that Underøath’s only true competition is themselves.

“’That’s not Underoath enough.’ is a phrase the band kicked to kicked to the curb and “made a record that stokes us out that we love,” said Chamberlain. You can really tell the band has grown as musicians and human beings.  Erase Me is the apex where melodic heft, indefatigable power, spatial resonance and arcane electronic textures converge to reveal a band that’s positively fearless. Erase Me is a bold step for a band who want to preserve their integrity, and they are sending a message to the fans of – this is your music and you can feel however the fuck you want about it. They are doing everything in the most honest way on this album and this is the healthiest they have ever sounded.

-It’s great to have Underøath back—especially on their terms.-

 

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Underoath is:
Spencer Chamberlain − vocals
Aaron Gillespie − drums, vocals
Tim McTague − guitar
Chris Dudley − keyboard
Grant Brandell − bass
James Smith − guitar

Tour dates:

April 20  Las Vegas, NV  Las Rageous
April 27  Jacksonville, FL  Welcome to Rockville
April 28  Sunrise, FL  Fort Rock
April 30  Birmingham, AL  Iron City
May 1  Athens, GA  Georgia Theatre
May 3  Knoxville, TN  Mill and Mine
May 4  Charlotte, NC  Carolina Rebellion
May 5  Lynchburg, VA  Phase 2
May 6  Bethlehem, PA  The Sands
May 8  Baltimore, MD  Rams Head Live
May 9  Wallingford, CT  The Dome at Oakdale
May 11 Providence, RI Fete Ballroom
May 12  Niagara Falls, NY  Rapids
May 14  Des Moines, IA  Wooly’s
May 15  Sauget, IL  Pop’s
May 16  Ft. Wayne, IN  Piere’s
May 18  Columbus, OH  Rock on the Range
May 19  Lexington, KY  Manchester Music Hall
May 20  Springfield, MO  Gillioz
May 22  Corpus Christi, TX  Concrete Street Amphitheatre
May 23  Houston, TX  White Oak Music Hall
May 24  Dallas, TX  Bomb Factory
May 25  Little Rock, AR  Metroplex
May 26  Pryor, OK  Rocklahoma
June 15  Paris, France  Download Festival Paris
June 16  Amsterdam, Netherlands  Melkweg
June 21  Dessel, Belgium  Festivalpark Stenehi
June 22 – 24  Scheessel, Germany  Hurricane Festival
June 22 – 24  Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany  Southside Festival
June 23  Dessel Belgium  Graspop Metal Meeting
June 28  Prague, Czech Republic  Aerodrome Festival
June 29  Madrid, Spain  Download Festival Madrid
June 30  Ysselsteyn, Netherlands  Jera on Air
July 12 – 14  Cadott, WI  Rock Fest
July 13  Oshkosh, WI  Rock USA
July 28 – 29  Montreal, QC  Heavy Montreal
August 24  Reading, UK  Reading Festival
August 25  Leeds, UK  Leeds Festival

About Bryan Joe Corder (2744 Articles)
Concert Photographer at heart, Love listening to music and going to shows to try to capture the magic on the stage with my imagery.I also review albums and live concerts.

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