On this day in 2012, hundreds of thousands of skinny bros with dyed black hair and Ø tattoos hug their chubby scene girlfriends tightly and shed tears of what I can only assume is extra-strength triple distilled emo sadness, as they lament the worst thing to happen to Underoath since Aaron Gillespie’s departure. After more than 15 years as one of the most important and consistently successful bands in the scene, Underoath have decided to call it quits.
Back when I was a dumb little teenager who wanted to rebel against society in a way that was still acceptable to my youth pastor, I was rly rly into Underoath. I first started listening to them in about 2003, which is lucky; I managed to jump on the bandwagon AFTER their terrible / lulzy pro-life death metal EP’s, and just BEFORE they got popular, so I earned maximum scene points. I non-ironically still really like most of their stuff, and it makes me a little bit sad to know that one of the defining bands of my teenage years are now probably going to move on and form awful old man solo projects or southern-fried country acapella groups or something groce like that. So, it is with a heavy heart that I present to SYWH an obituary to a band that virtually every kid who’s ever worn tight jeans has loved at some point.
I am choosing to exclude their first two EP’s because A) old =/= good (I don’t suffer from tr00bonic plague anymore) and B) this is already going to be massively TL;DR and C) I like u guise and don’t wanna subject you to it. So I’ll start this off at their first full length album, THE CHANGING OF TIMES, from 2002.
This is the only song anyone remembers from this record, and it’s the perfect example of super lulzy embarrassing EARLY00′sCORE. These guys were pretty far ahead of the curve, I like to think these awkward, chubby kids are responsible for the popularity of the “derelict building” music video trope. Also lol @ kicking the other guitarist at 4:54.
In 2003 they kicked their old vocalist out (he’s now in Alabamabanjocore band Mayelene and the Sons of Disaster) and got a new vocalist, Spencer Chamberlain. In 2004 they put out their catchiest album to date; THEY’RE ONLY CHASING SAFETY. This album sold over 500,000 copies (srs) and earned them a Gold Record :O solidifying them as by far the most commercially successful “evil screamy band” of their time.
It’s hilarious looking back at the music videos from this era, MID00′sCORE is honestly super weird and lulzy and kinda makes me think “what the shit were they actually going for with this video??” Regardless, 16 year old Jonnyfilth couldn’t get enough of it, I still jam this album occasionally becuase it’s so damn catchy.
In 2006 I went through several pairs of skinny jeans (via shitting myself in excitement) waiting for Underoath to release DEFINE THE GREAT LINE, which I still regard as one of my favourite albums ever (srs). This record debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, and also went gold, further solidifying the band as pretty much the mainest of mainstream bands and the undisputed leaders of the MID00′sCORE scene. This was a huge step up from anything they’d done before and had them headlining huge sold out tours. Mirin.
They obviously hooked up with “better” (read: fruitier) video producers to create ever weirder music vids. I don’t know what the effing fuck this one is about at all so I’m not going to bother trying.
This album marked the birth of Underoath’s love affair with wierd skronky riffs. IMO they are srsly underrated in the skronk department, some of their riffs are srsly next level. I’m p sure if they didn’t have clean choruses the IHN fags would jizz over them (srs). Also this song has Underoath’s only breakdown @ 1:40ish, 2006 was moshing!
This album also had a couple of amazing srscore songs; epic melodic songs with short lyrical verses and millions of feels about lief’s struggles and other emo stuff that “rly meant a lot 2 me” at the time, for some reason. Still bactard.
In 2008 they released LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION. I really hate how almost every band “grows up” and puts out their “most mature album yet” after like their 3rd or 4th record. Normally those ”mature albums” end up gayer than a group of men kissing each other’s helmets, but Underoath managed to nail it. These dudes are brilliant at writing skronky chaotic songs that are actually listenable and don’t sound like riff salad.
Actually I lied before, this is Underoath’s OTHER only breakdown, @ 1:22.
Perfect example of how they blend catchy stuff with IHN approved fagcore and turn it into a great song.
In 2010, Underoath’s drummer and only original member left the band to pursue his side project, The Almost. Zillions of little scene girls and whiny fags who don’t understand how music is made cried their eyes out, and to this day, Aaron’s departure is a contentious butthurt magnet. He was replaced by Daniel Davison (ex Norma Jean) who had big red-headed shoes to fill, and he did very very well IMO. Either way, their next (and final) studio album Ø (Disambiguation) is fucking awesome. I’m not sure if Aaron leaving changed their attitudes or whatever, but this album is way angrier and darker than any before. It straight up rules, and it’s my second favourite after DTGL.
Damn bby, what u so angry about? This song is my favourite from the album, mirin’ the Every Time I Die riff at 1:38. Way heavier and thicker than any of their older stuff, I don’t get why tr00 Aaron fans are complaining???
This is a pretty sweet music video, I really dig it. This album replaced all the clean singing with that “I’m yelling but it’s ok bcz I’m a trained vocalist” thing. That’s probably what caused most of the butthurt, now that I think of it. Sounds way harder to me.
Every band eventually reaches that point where there is nothing new for them; all they can do is release progressively worse albums and descend into oldfaggotry. So many bands do it, (I’m lookin at you Metallica u fggts) and I feel like it’s the smarter bands that go out in their prime. I am genuinely happy that Underoath aren’t going to be those grose old fuckups who clutch at straws and continue to ruin their once excellent reputation. They toured the whole world over and over again, put on some insane and awesome shows, spread posi vibes while taking care not to shove their religion up your butt, and are generally one of the best bands to come from the 00′s core scene. Every time I’ve seen them live, they were mind blowingly good. Highly recommend seeing them before they die for good.
Do any of you bros give a shit?? Were you ever into Underoath? Or are you too metal to admit that you used to like them?? Are u a tr00 Aaron fan? Will u listen to Tim’s future nu-bluegrass band? Will Chris start a concert piano school? Will Spencer embark on a butthurt spoken word tour??? Catch Underoath on the post-hardcore-est tour of all time while u still can :(