Reviewed by Eric Wilson
Lost in the Sound of Separation
"With lyrics that rip open the heart and mind and allow peeks inside, with guitars and drum work that rattle my brain in all the right ways, I'll keep traveling alongside wherever this journey leads."
I don't buy many CDs, but I pre-ordered this one the moment I heard of it. Underoath is one of the rare bands that mixes virtuosity with passion, creativity with precision, and turns them into things of raw beauty. I'm no musician, so I can't comment on the technicalities of the guitar work. I'm a listener. A rocker. And I've always connected with the atmosphere and emotion in the Underoath sound.
LITSOS is a good album. It starts with a garage-band recording sound that explodes into full production and roars. Adam D, from Killswitch Engage (another of my favorites), stays in the background here, allowing Underoath to do their thing. Despite some electronic vibes mixed in here or there, this is as heavy as anything Underoath has done. I like that, and the more I listen the more I love it. Although the brushes with emo-vocals are not necessarily missed, I do miss the melodies that were more predominate on Define the Great Line. That album was a story, a ride from one texture and mood to another. LITSOS is a bullet from a gun that explodes forward and only really relents in the last two songs, both great tunes to end the CD.
As I keep listening, I hear things to appreciate, but Underoath continues to leave me teased and wanting more. I believe their epic album is still ahead, but this is yet another leg on that trek. With lyrics that rip open the heart and mind and allow peeks inside, with guitars and drum work that rattle my brain in all the right ways, I'll keep traveling alongside wherever this journey leads.
Eric Wilson is the author of twelve novels that explore Earth's tension between heaven and hell, the latest of which is One Step Away, a twist on the story of Job. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two daughters. Visit him online at his website.