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Author's Rating
Vocals 10
Musicianship 9
Lyrics 9.75
Production 9
Creativity 9.25
Lasting Value 10
Reviewer Tilt 9.5
Final Verdict: 95%
Member Ratings
Vocals 9.75
Musicianship 9.85
Lyrics 9.45
Production 9.8
Creativity 9.75
Lasting Value 9.75
Reviewer Tilt 9.95
Average: 98%
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Underoath - Define the Great Line

Reviewed by: Dystroxia (01/14/10)
Underoath - Define the Great Line
Record Label: Tooth and Nail Records
Release Date: June 20, 2006

I'm shocked, if not more excited by the huge improvement Underoath has made, from ditching the pop-like sound they made on They're Only Chasing Safety, with Aaron Gillespie singing lead vocals. No band, and I mean it, NO band has blown me out of my chair with how great their album is, except this one. Underoath has created a masterpiece in the genre, an album that can never be forgotten, an album that can never be erased from my mind or any mind of any human soul on the face of this earth. The album is that good.

All of the songs on this album aren't similar to each other or generic, so you're listening to a new song each time. "In Regards to Myself", a.k.a. the opener, opens well, similar to a Nine Inch Nails song. "You're Ever So Inviting" has frontman Spencer Chamberlain screaming the chorus: "This ground we tread upon / Is now filling up to our necks / We turn the pages left to right / We see everything."

"Returning Empty Handed" is the best track on this whole record. Around the end of the song, Chamberlain screams "As the light begins to breach the border / While I lay here alone / Aware of every step / Iím not aware at all / BlackÖ flash white Ö I am awake." Amazing lyrics indeed. "Casting Such a Thin Shadow" opens well, even more so than "In Regards to Myself". The heavy, fast-paced track "Moving for the Sake of Motion" definitely proves Gillespie can play his double-bass drums well, and Chamberlain delivers ear-splitting, bridge-collapsing screams that send a shiver down your spine (which he does on each track), and it never fails to deliver. The closer, "To Whom It May Concern", ends the album on a good note. Later into the song, Chamberlain starts to scream: "Itís time for you to press on / This is not your war / Set your sites to the North and press on / This is not your escape."

If there's one complaint about this album (and it's truly not even a real complaint), it's that it's over too soon. At 45 minutes, it's not short by any means, but it's so good that you don't want the album to stop. Another thing they can do is be brutal without being generic. There are no breakdowns on the album whatsoever, and fierce, piercing screams along with all the nice guitars, keyboard, drumming, and singing prove they own the metalcore genre. Underoath are one of those bands that don't need to be generic to be good. They accomplished something most bands couldn't even wish to think about.

Recommended If You LikeHaste the Day; From First to Last; bands that sound exactly like UO; copycats


www.myspace.com/underoath

My Favorite TracksHell, all of them.
 
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08:48 PM on 01/20/10
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I like that you put "bands that sound exactly like UO". Underoath does sound a lot like bands that sound exactly like Underoath. (Not trying to be a dick or anything, it just made me laugh)
09:23 AM on 01/21/10
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this review is so late lmao
01:19 PM on 01/21/10
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dude..... alright, i love underoath too, and this album is awesome, but c'mon, you def went crazy on the exagerations. its quite a claim (quite an ignorant and naive one) to say something along the lines of this being among the greatest albums ever. and ya this albums like 3 years old, you shoulda covered Lost in the Sound of Separation.
yes, their passion and emotion and atmosphere and vocals are amazing and practically unrivaled, but you could hardly call underoath metalcore. so surely they cant "own the metalcore genre". aside from some heavy vocals and some drumming, their guitar work has virtually no metal technique to it at all. they are more screamo/post hardcore.
sorry, not tryin to be a dick lol, keep writing!
01:34 PM on 01/21/10
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Best Album Ever
01:37 PM on 01/21/10
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I like that you put "bands that sound exactly like UO". Underoath does sound a lot like bands that sound exactly like Underoath. (Not trying to be a dick or anything, it just made me laugh)
I know, that wasn't a dick saying at all.

It's so true though, there are TONS of bands that sound exactly like UO.
01:38 PM on 01/21/10
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this review is so late lmao
I know, I'm a fashoinably late album reviewer :D

Just look at my other albums I reviewed.
01:39 PM on 01/21/10
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dude..... alright, i love underoath too, and this album is awesome, but c'mon, you def went crazy on the exagerations. its quite a claim (quite an ignorant and naive one) to say something along the lines of this being among the greatest albums ever. and ya this albums like 3 years old, you shoulda covered Lost in the Sound of Separation.
yes, their passion and emotion and atmosphere and vocals are amazing and practically unrivaled, but you could hardly call underoath metalcore. so surely they cant "own the metalcore genre". aside from some heavy vocals and some drumming, their guitar work has virtually no metal technique to it at all. they are more screamo/post hardcore.
sorry, not tryin to be a dick lol, keep writing!
It's no means one of the best albums of all time.

It's one of the best christian metalcore albums of all time.
08:09 AM on 01/22/10
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This album got quite old for me relatively quickly. Like all Underoath albums. Great band... but the replayability isn't there for me unfortunately. It's not often that I return to this album. I also prefer Lost in the Sound of Separation to this record.
08:13 AM on 01/22/10
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This is one of the few albums that literaly changed the way I view music. It's heavy, but it's not metal. I don't know. All I know is that songs like Casting Such A Thin Shadow and Moving For The Sake Of Motion blow me away every fucking time. So yeah, one of my all time favourites.

Funny you complained about the length, cos thats my main gripe about Lost In The Sound...
10:04 AM on 01/22/10
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imo this is their best album.
02:34 PM on 01/22/10
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This is one of the few albums that literaly changed the way I view music. It's heavy, but it's not metal. I don't know. All I know is that songs like Casting Such A Thin Shadow and Moving For The Sake Of Motion blow me away every fucking time. So yeah, one of my all time favourites.

Funny you complained about the length, cos thats my main gripe about Lost In The Sound...
I was going to submit this review with no complaints, but it got disapproved.

So I had to come up with one, and it was the length.

45 minutes is not short at all...I don't think this album is short, it's pretty long IMO

FYI read the words in parentheses
05:13 PM on 01/22/10
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This is good but not like holy shit omfg shit your pants good. Review could use some more detail too you kinda just say how amazing the album and the lyrics are without much explanation
06:12 PM on 01/22/10
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Oh my god, no.
01:12 PM on 01/25/10
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Fave UO record. Was SHOCKED to see them jump OFF the pop bandwagon with this record
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