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323. They’re Only Chasing Safety – Underoath

THEY’RE ONLY CHASING SAFETY (2004)

Underoath

I may need to duck and cover from the attacks of hardcore fans with this statement but I am firmly convinced that Underoath is the greatest band in Christian hardcore music history. Their distinct ability to blend melodic and traditional hard rock vocals and melodies with agressive, borderline painful screaming and intense musical progression simply sets them apart from every other band in the genre.

In other words, they know how to write a song and not just grind the core. There is actually a song amongst the screams and growls and, in fact, I would love to hear an “acoustic” version of many of their songs just to prove the point. One great example of this is “The Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White” from the album “They’re Only Chasing Safety.” It’s actually a well crafted rock song with a pop edge. Great meoldy, powerful arrangement and great musicianship.

Underoath is also set apart by the intriguing and powerful lyrics. There is a stereotype that the genre is not a “lyrical” one and the that could not be further from the truth. there are many fine songwriters within the genre and the boys from Underoath are at the top of the list. Poignant, difficult, stark, honest and real. Dealing with the loss of sexual and emotional purity is a returning theme on the project and tghe brutal honesty is welcomed and necessary.

The creative lengths are not just limited to the lyrical content either. How many bands would include and electronica bridge complete with a children’s choir on a hardcore project? And how many would make it work perfectly!Add the use of drum machines, keyboards, choir like vocals and even an acoustic guitar and you have a project worthy of consideration even by those who are not fans of the genres. Those fans of the genre recognize the project as a true classic.

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  1. Greenchili
    June 29, 2011 at 6:45 am

    “Their distinct ability to blend melodic and traditional hard rock vocals and melodies with agressive, borderline painful screaming and intense musical progression simply sets them apart from every other band in the genre.”

    This I can agree with.. however the painful screaming just doesnt work for me.. šŸ˜›

  1. January 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm

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