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Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety

01. Young And Aspiring 02. A Boy Brushed Red... Living In Black And White 03. The Impact Of Reason 04. Reinventing Your Exit 05. The Blue Note 06. It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door 07. Down, Set, Go 08. I Don't Feel Very Receptive Today 09. I'm Content With Losing 10. Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape
2004 Solid State Records
Our score 6

by Cory

It is a particular shame in the world of underground music that when a band doesn't evolve, their fans become resetless, but when a band does change their sound they are immediately mocked and accused of "selling out" by the scene that helped build their reputation. Regardless of the motivation behind these changes, if a band can change without sounding forced or uncomfortable, it doesn't seem reasonable to hold it against them. On their most recent release, Underoath have unveiled their "new" sound, which strays drastically from the full-on metal assault of "Cries of the Past" in favor of a more mall-friendly approach: simplified guitar lines, less metal drumming and tons of clean vocals. While I can't say I like the direction they're going, they certainly seem to be happy with it and it comes through on "They're Only Chasing Safety." They at least sound as comfortable with their new sound as they have on past records, and sometimes more. Anyone who has followed Underoath's progression might have seen this coming when they released "Changing Of The Times." Both that record and the newest suggest that the band knew that despite their past success, they needed to have a greater appeal if they wanted their fanbase to keep growing. The emphasis has shifted from heaviness to song-writing which works in most cases on this record without taking too much from the songs. "Reinventing Your Exit" is a catchy rocker despite some terrible techno/keyboard parts. The disc's opening cut, "Young and Aspiring" has great hooks and memorable playing. The choir part of "It's Dangerous Business Just Walking Out Your Front Door" is pretty damn clever. As many times as someone can point to parts that are a little cheesy, I can find something that I like about this record. For example, the guy's clean vocals remind me of Chris Carraba (which is cheesy as hell) but his scream is as good as most more punishing metal-core bands (which I like.) One thing that I had almost completely forgotten by the end of this record was that Underoath are a Christian band. I suppose their message pokes out in a few of the earlier tracks, but when I got to "Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape," I was a bit thrown by the cries of "Jesus!" To me it was good that I could listen to 90% of this record without being beaten over the head with the band's Christianity. As much as I might love some early Zao records, their lyrics constantly reference their religion. Underoath doesn't seem to feel the need to shove it down the listener's throat. I wish a few of my favorite straight edge bands would take a cue from Underoath and learn the fine art of subtlety. Two quick detractions: First, the production on this record is ridiculous. I am not complaining about the sound, because that is genuinely great, but about the excessive use of senseless techno garbage, keyboard parts and terrible effects, as in the intro to "Down. Set. Go." This is the sort of thing that seems to happen WAY too much when bands want to put out their first big mainstream record. It drives me absolutely insane. Secondly, the dual album covers and packaging are just silly. I'm all for artful and interesting packaging, but when it doesn't fit your record it just isn't necessary and makes a band come off as pretentious without the artsiness to justify it. Bottom Line: "They're Only Chasing Safety" is the sort of record that I can see a lot of hardcore and metal fans liking despite Underoath's propensity for the poppy side of things. It's not favorite record material. It's not groundbreaking record material. It's just the sort of solid songwriting and playing that has led to the success of bands like Thrice and From Autumn To Ashes. I consider these bands amongst my guilty pleasures, the sort of lighter fare that gives me a break from something more musically intense. "They're Only Chasing Safety" has definitely earned its place somewhere in there; I don't love this record, but I definitely like it.


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Zach_ 8/1/2004 3:16:30 AM

It's kind of sad how you get down on them for being christians. Im glad that it's in their music. Too many bands don't stand for anything. And they definitely don't shove down anyone's throat.

willxcore_ 8/3/2004 3:06:47 PM

i think that it's actually pretty gay that underoath now only sings songs about broken hearts and sorrowful breakups with one song about god, where they used to f*ckin rave about him like maniacs.. it just shows that they're money is where their mouth is.

m_ 8/25/2004 4:23:40 PM

the new underoath cd is fantastic... I cant believe cory is still allowed to write reviews for melodic hardcore cds... he should stick to generic metalcore and terror rip-off bands.

Captain_Comic_ 10/6/2004 9:06:39 AM

I just don't think you know what it is like to get picked last for kick ball at recess jerks.

thehopeisdead_ 12/2/2004 1:37:09 PM

"'They're Only Chasing Safety' is the sort of record that I can see a lot of hardcore and metal fans liking despite Underoath's propensity for the poppy side of things" metal + poppy does not equal my friend. this cd was and still is horrible. i mean come one...this is the band that wrote "cries of the past" and "acts of depression" and then they make some bullshit screamo cd? horrible, with this new stuff and without dallas they should change their name to underSHIT. 0/10

Destro_ 4/3/2005 5:13:32 PM

I think people should seriously leave them alone.. they have a new vocalist, I would expect a few things to change. If they want to try new things, then their fans should support them, I think it's bullshit that people are backing out on them like this. They aren't whining either, they're having fun and they're doing what they like, which is keeping them happy. I really like this album, and I like the old stuff, I think they're doing fine.

your bassist_ 10/14/2005 1:38:48 AM

They're accused of selling out because they did. UnderOath used to be a metal band. Then they lost Octavio and then they kicked Dallas out to fulfill their fantasies of being a famous band by joining the ranks of terrible screamo bands like Thrice and Thursday. This cd exhibits terrible singing choruses that are only catchy because they are so annoying. I guess Solid State should be happy since they got rid of all their metal bands and now have bands that will make them money... :-/

Ben_ 6/13/2006 11:52:00 AM

this cd sucks major ass, all they care about now is money. cries of the past was an amzing cd, they should seriously change their name to gay emo boys.

anonymous 7/29/2006 8:48:44 PM

i wqouls duxkinf kill wla of you

kyle_ 3/4/2007 1:48:09 PM

this cd is not melodic hardcore. its generic alternitive gay screamo and note: not real screamo..just what everyone thinks screamo is

Jamey Gillespie_ 10/6/2009 5:59:50 PM

You f*cking shithead. You don't know the first thing about screamo; we put a lot of time and effort into this CD, and it's one of the heaviest releases of the year. We better not catch you around at any shows, because if my crew sees you, you'll wish you never got out of bed that day. Oh, and to everyone who actually CARES about this record, listen up! Thanks to everybody who bought it already but for those who have not been able to find it, try TARGET, yes TARGET is stocking it for ONLY $6.99 a

littlebabydix_666 12/5/2013 9:12:31 AM

"screamo" isn't a real genre. Your opinion is invalid.