By Steph - a - licious
I won’t spend too much time but it’s sad to see the complete 180 turn this band has made. Not just that factor that they don’t call themselves a Christian band anymore also the factor that their music seems like it took a much darker turn. One consistent thing Underoath has done with their albums is have a positive sound lyrically and music wise. This new stuff is dark, boring, generic and not really creative. If they write another album hopefully they could use their platform to go back to being positive. Just my opinion.
I would buy it twice.
I lost interest with Underoath after define the great line. Erase me has me feeling like I’m listening to a more mature they’re only chasing safety! This album showed me that it was definitely worth my time!
Aaron is back
The heavy hitter is back with the and sounds amazing with his creativity. Nothing beats lost in the sound IMO
Incredible reentry into the game!
This is an awesome example of yet another U0 album with its own feel and yet all the best elements are still there. Tim (guitar) held back a bit to let Spencer (vocals) shine a lot on this particular venture and it pays off tremendously.
This is the polar opposite of Disambiguation and yet the perfect foil to it. And SO glad to hear Aaron Gillespie back on drums and his signature emo-styled clean vocals.
I can’t fault it. 4.6
Can’t wait for more. Haters just gonna hate, but that’s their loss.
This was a Christian band guess they don’t believe now more I fallowed them for years now I don’t want nothing to do with them!! What happened to writing on the walls guys?? God come down?? Guess Jesus isn’t in your lyrics no more. Not buying the new album junk!!
Godless! Oh no!
By 1,000,000% amazing
It's amazing how judgmental Christians are! If you only supported this band because of the Christian aspect, then in my opinion you were never a fan at all! Leave your God out of music!
Sleepwave's Sloppy Second
By Elle McGuire
This album is literally Sleepwave's second album. Underoath sells out venues and Sleepwave, because of bad song-writing, had very low turnout (sorry Josh and Stephen). I feel like there is no substance to this record. The lyrics on the album are hollow, the instrumental is amateur at best (with the exception of Chris' work), especially for an experienced band. The vocals are whiny (Spencer Kroeger *ahem* I mean Chamberlain, it's the hair man). It really made me miss hearing those angelic clean vocals (Aaron) balancing the heavier unclean ones (Spencer/Dallas). Having Aaron back didn't save this album, which is odd because he used to bring that solid hard-hitting element to the band. Bruh, divorce is rough but channel it and use it. I think Daniel Davison saved the last album (2010) and it was a pleasant surprise to hear that Spencer's clean vocals were actually good then, too. This album did not display any member's best work. I suggest ETID's Low Teens or American American's Self-Titled Debut, if you haven't heard them yet.
This is awful
I wanted to love this album but I can’t. It’s just really really bad.
New singer is trash
no, Underoath didn't rewrite an old album, and they've matured, and that's okay.
The iTunes vetting process for album reviews leaves much to be desired, so here's a review that has some substance.
It's been 8 years since the Disambiguation album and 13 since They're Only Chasing Safety. A band can do two things when releasing something new after a hiatus: rewrite a previously successful album or evolve. Underoath chose to evolve and this is very obvious on this album.
Erase Me is heavier on the synth and instrament distoration, but lacks the in-your-face guitar riffs that was featured on previous albums giveing them a more industrial/post-hardcore/heavy rock sound... And they pull it off well! Granted, some songs do come off with a bit of a mainstream rock vibe, but it's not THAT bad... I highly doubt any of these songs will be on the radio. On the contrary, other songs feature the same intensity that made us love this band in the first place (good things and bad things, hence my 3 star rating).
Lyrically, it's very different from essentially all other UO albums. Spencer had always identified himself as a Christian, therefore this inspiration was adapted into the previous albums. He no longer identifies as such, so my interpretation is that this album is about his struggle with his faith and some of the bad seeds in his life that caused this struggle. On the surface these "look what you've done to me/you're no good for me" lyrics seem dated and immature for band who has been around as long as UO (who has always had deeper and thought-provoking lyrics), but inspriation for new music has to start somewhere (see what I did there?)
I don't think this album is their best, but it's definitely worth a listen for longitme fans. More importantly, listen to is all the way through, more than once, and it will be apprecaited... even though it won't bring all the nostalgic vibes like you may have hoped.