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Reviewed on 8th March 2011.


O (Disambiguation)

By Underoath

It seems that Underoath have taken a harsher approach since the departure of Aaron Gillespie. Gone are most of the clean vocals (although McTague does the ones still included) instead replaced with Chamberlain's noticeably harsher growls.

Opening with new single 'In Division' the trademark 'Underoath sound' still rings clear, and does throughout the whole album. 'Reversal' is definitely a strong track, even though it is under two minutes. Next song 'Vacant Mouth' is also a stand-out track. Chamberlain commands attention, and mixed with the hammering guitars and McTague's cleans, it's hard not to enjoy this.

End track 'In Completion' opens with cleans, which may have been a bad choice. McTague doesn't capture the audience like Gillespie and makes for a slightly dull listen. However, he still does a good job and his voice mixes well with that of Chamberlain's.

The sounds of the guitars mixed with the gritty vocals of Spencer makes for a powerful listen. The vocals though harsh are still infectious in a way, demanding to be listened, and Underoath should be heard. With an impressive track record, Underoath are one of the best in their game. It's good to know they can carry on with Gillespie, but they definitely will not be the same.

Listen to : Vacant Mouth, Catch Myself Catching Myself, Paper Lung



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