December 8, 2023

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This Day In Music History: August 30th, 2008 – Underoath hone their sound on ‘Lost In The Sound Of Separation’

More than almost any metalcore record to ever exist, few albums in the genre had more hype attached to them than what Underoath would do with Lost In The Sound Of Separation. After all, this album had to follow up Define The Great Line, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 – the highest placement by any album from a Christian band (or any musician, actually) since 1997. To say the pressure was on is an understatement – but then again, Underoath had already done so multiple times, with both member changes as well as a shifting sound.

Clearly, though, the album was a success. While perhaps not quite reaching the commercial heights of their previous two albums, Lost In The Sound Of Separation both refined what Define The Great Line accomplished as well as delivered new elements to the band’s sound. Made available for streaming on August 30th, 2008 (though actually being released on September 2nd, 2008) the post-metal and ambient influences that were explored on DTGL are more obvious here, especially on album closer “Desolate Earth: The End Is Here”. Meanwhile, standout tracks like “Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear” build and build until they eventually coalesce into massive endings. With the vocal duels between Aaron Gillespie and Spencer Chamberlain being some of the band’s most compelling in their discography, there’s a lot to unpack on Lost – and it’s all worth reaching for.

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