Underoath's [UØ] newest, 8th studio [13 track] album, 'Erase Me' was released April 06, 2018; their first album in 8 years since Ø (Disambiguation) (2010).
According to Billboard, the record is currently charting nationally at #4 via the link: Top Album Sales Chart [Week of April 21]; this active list generates top selling albums of all genres, not just rock or metal!
Originally from Tampa, Florida, the band is touring cross-country; official ticket links are updated here: ['No Fix' Tour | Tickets].
The [6 member] band includes: Spencer Chamberlain (Vocals & Guitar), Timothy McTague (Guitar & Back-Up Vocals), James Smith (Guitar), Grant Brandell (Bass), Aaron Gillespie (Drums & Back-Up Vocals) and Christopher Dudley (Keyboard).
We reviewed 'Erase Me' as well as both of the album's uploaded music videos: "On My Teeth" (02.22.18) and "Rapture" (03.20.18). Additionally, Underoath has crafted multiple behind-the-scenes or live-performance videos exclusive to their Facebook page.
Vocalist | Dallas Taylor:
Act of Depression (1999)
Cries of the Past (2000)
The Changing of Times (2002)
Vocalist | Spencer Chamberlain:
They're Only Chasing Safety (2004)
Define the Great Line (2006)
Lost in the Sound of Separation (2008)
Ø (Disambiguation) (2010)
Erase Me (2018)
"On My Teeth" | (02.22.18) | Music Video Review
Green is a cohesive color motif within the construction of this album, dominant within this music video; "On My Teeth" blends desaturated black and white video with neon to deliver a striking recording of the band members performing. Strictly live; additional elements adhere to portraits of marble statues glitched in drenched lighting or dramatic solos lit by sillhouette.
Excitement is heightened at chorus; a duet between lead and back-up vocals.
[Chorus: Spencer Chamberlain & Aaron Gillespie]:
"-You got the best of me;
And stabbed me in the back;
I taste you on my teeth;
You're like a heart attack -"
[Lyrics via Genius]
"Rapture" | (02.22.18) | Music Video Review
Extending the color scheme, "Rapture" continues to pulse electric green via neon during the band's performance; except in this video, natural lighting is predominant v.s. black & white; while the mix accommodates low-saturated pale greens; as visible within the still frame of the video above.
"- Take me to the darkness, hang me out to dry
Tangled in your legs, in the webs of your lies
Lead me to the rapture, set my body free
Higher than the flames, set blaze inside of me, whoa
There's no turning back, there's no coming down;
I'm forever lost, there's no coming down -"
"Rapture" BTS Video: UØ shared a Tweet by Vans Warped Tour, found below, highlighting exclusive Behind-The-Scenes footage of "Rapture" MV on set. Watch as the film crew captures the ambiguous lighting and movements; soft fabric surrounds the band members; extras interact with the band upon constrictions of the flexible material.
After listening to 'Erase Me' with the exception of the Deluxe songs, the strongest instrumentally in my opinion are "Rapture" and "On My Teeth;" while lyrically, "ihateit" and "Sink With You" are my top picks.
Underoath | Exclusive Facebook Media
Emo Nite Concert | Live Footage
[UØ]: "We invited our friends at Welcome To Rockville out to our secret show at Emo Nite to celebrate the release of #ERASEME.
Check out what the show was like [above] + catch us this month at #WelcomeToRockvilles - found.ee/uorockville."
Surprise Concert @ Subterranean | Chicago, IL | Interview + Live Footage
[UØ]: "Chicago - it feels good to be back. ?: Dan Newman"
Behind The Scenes | "ERASE ME // A WORK IN PROGRESS" | [8 Episodes]
[UØ]: "ERASE ME // A WORK IN PROGRESS - Episode 8 featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of "Bloodlust;" Pick up #ERASEME now at found.ee/eraseme."
In the interview with Revolver, Chamberlain exclaims, "One of the best things we ever did was when we agreed not to be a Christian band anymore" [trending, circa release of 'Erase Me'] further digressing that, "the most alone and isolated I've ever been in my life is when I considered myself a Christian, personally."
Chamberlain goes on to directly mention, "Because I had real issues going on in my life and no one could talk to me about it. There was no help. There was nothing. It was just hide it, don't talk about because if you do you're not Christian and the band can't go on anymore and that's such an unrealistic thing. Life happens, people deal with stuff differently. It was driving us all apart and it was making things really unhealthy and I had a huge problem with calling the band a Christian band."
The topic delves heavier, "I'm at a point in life where I can happy and healthy and they really want us to be a metal band and a Christian band again? I would be dead by now. I would be miserable — and overdosed on drugs — and there wouldn't be an Underoath."
Underoath | "No Fix" | Tour Tickets