In their 20 year history as one of the most important post-hardcore/metalcore bands in the music scene, Tampa’s Underoath have influenced a legion of veteran bands themselves, like The Devil Wears Prada and August Burns Red. Their albums have managed to chart high on the Billboard Top 200, and few regional acts can rival their stature and intriguing evolution. With multiple candidates that could be confirmed career-defining records, it’s hard to find fault in most of their work. Their fanbase continues to grow after their breakup a few years back, as their final shows of the year saw the band taking over the Yuengling Center for their first real arena show. Impressive.
Join us as we examine the band’s history over the years and their musical and stylistic evolution, starting with a pair of albums that had a very different vocalist, and a genre that might shock a newer fan if they were unfamiliar…
Reunion albums can typically go down one of two distinct paths. After years away from releasing music, many bands pick up right where they left off before their breakups, making up for lost time by either returning to their roots, or by continuing to progress the sounds of their most recent material. This is a respectable path, and gives successful bands who may have been gone for several years or more the ability to reconnect with their old fanbase while still pushing themselves artistically. However, once in a while a major band will reunite and go down a very different path. Channeling the members’ changed musical visions and life experiences in their years apart, these bands attempt to redraw the core boundaries of what they stand for artistically and sonically. The resulting works are less reunion albums than they are “reinvention albums”.
Underoath have premiered the second single off of their hugely anticipated album Erase Me, out April 6th on Fearless Records. The new song, titled “Rapture”, shows the Florida metalcore legends diversifying their sound in a big way. Reminiscent in equal parts of the hooky alternative of Spencer Chamberlain’s side project Sleepwave, and the soaring post-hardcore anthems of Circa Survive, the track’s melodies soar in a way that feels totally fresh and unexpected for the band. April 6th cannot come soon enough.
The song was just premiered on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter, and you can stream it below, courtesy of BBC.
With Underoath’s fairly recent “rebirth” and a big 2018 festival schedule on the horizon, it makes a lot of sense that the much-loved Florida metalcore band would have new music readied as well. While rumors of new music haven’t exactly been a secret for a few months, it looks like the rumors are true, if recent Reddit and Twitter posts are to be believed.