On My Playlist: Top 5 Underoath songs

Underoath

Underoath is one of the pioneers of the US post-hardcore/metalcore scene with its influence still being heard in the genre today.

The Christian-post hardcore band uses its music and lyrics to make a difference while focusing on real topics of faith and humanity with absolute aplomb.

Honourable mentions: ‘A Moment Suspended in Time’, ‘In Division’, ‘You’re Ever So Inviting’, ‘It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out The Front Door’.

Here are my top 5 Underoath songs:

  1. A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White

This emotional song about the dangers of unfulfilled love and lust is one of Underoath’s best songs from their 2004 album, Reinventing Your Exit.

‘Can you feel your heartbeat racing? Can you taste the fear in her sweat? You’ve done this wrong it’s too far gone, the sheets tell of regret. I admit I’m just a fool for you,’ is probably one of the most powerful song openers in the band’s catalogue as this Aaron       Gillespie-inspired track hits all the right notes from the start.

Spencer Chamberlain’s screams are also perfect for this song – he screams ‘I’m scared, you’re scared, were scared of this,’ at full tilt. The bridge of the song is also one of the highlights where palm-muted guitar accompanies Gillespie’s emotional and truthful vocals that focus on the hurt created when lust destroys love.

A brilliantly-crafted song where the  balance between harsh and clean vocals brings it to life, especially in the outro where Gillespie and Chamberlain harmonise.

  1. Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

The ominous sounding guitar in the intro sets the pace for this hard-hitting track that showcases Underoath at their rawest and most untamed. Chamberlain is in full form here as he focuses on aspects of self-doubt and spiritual drought in this song.

The number has a real dirty sounding riff in the verse with a melodic chorus balancing out the song nicely. Throw in a brilliant bridge and breakdown with odd time signatures and you have one crazy track that grabs your attention throughout.

The lyrics, ‘Trapped beneath the floor. I slowly waste away. Now I pull my frail body into the chair’ and ‘I’m worn out. I’m worn thin. I will never break through. Let me out’ perfectly exemplify the honest nature of the song.

  1. Reinventing Your Exit

This is one of my favourite Underoath tracks, mainly because of the pacing and the superb lyrics and vocals from both Gillespie and Chamberlain.

The ongoing battle between disappointment and the need to reinvent yourself to get to be the person you need to be is one of the main themes. The themes of broken relationships and the need to leave toxic relationships are also a strong feature in this track.

The chorus is absolutely golden and a fantastic part of the song: ‘We all want to be, want to be somebody. Right now, we’re just looking for the exit. This is the way I would have done things. Up against the wall, up against the wall. You got me up against your wall.’

  1. In Regards to Myself

The guitar riff right at the beginning of the song is one my favourite parts, combined with the frenetic vocals from Chamberlain.

The song has two distinct parts – one of frenzy in the beginning and a slower and more melodic part before going back to full-on   metalcore mode with the inspiring lyrics of ‘It’s all worth reaching for the hand to pull you out. Wake up and step outside your box.’

This track has a strong message for believers and the need to see the light in darker situations.

  1. Writing on The Walls

This is one of the rare times that I can call a song a masterpiece and I believe it ranks up there with the best.

The clean intro where Gillespie sings ‘Maybe we, why don’t we sit right here for half an hour? We’ll speak of what a waste I am and how We missed your beat again’ is an example of this.

The ferocity with which Chamberlain screams ‘I swear we need to find some comfort in This run down place. To bridge the gap of this conscious state that we live in’ is absolutely breathtaking. The vocal harmonies in the following verse are also a treat and just further power this song forward.

Gillespie’s drumming must also be admired as he really plays some sweet grooves and fills in this song. It has a beautiful balance between harder slower parts and cleaner    melodic parts that really draw you in as a  listener.

  AUTHOR
Wouter Pienaar
Sport Journalist

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