The first time I listened to this album I have to say I was pretty dissapointed. Just by listening to the first song my first impression was that they were beginning to conform to the post-hardcore/southern rock trend. I wouldn’t say its way different from Underoath’s sophmore release on Solid State, They’re Only Chasing Safety, but the band is definitely still evolving.
After a few listens the album did grow on me. It seems more mellow and spiritual in a way. A good example of this would be Salmamir “Returning Empty Handed” and “Casting Such A Thin Shadow”.
I also noticed that drummer Aaron Gillespie seems to be playing a bigger role in vocals. Not that It’s a problem. He has a wonderful voice and I’ve never actually been a Spencer Chamberlain fan.
To sum it up I believe that is a safe release from Underoath. It’s not bad nor the greatest album of the year. It just takes little while for a Chasing Safety fan to get used to and any Dallas Taylor (former Underoath singer) fans have probably already turned away from current Underoath by now.
I have to admit I wasn’t to excited for the Underoath CD to come out. I heard the first minute or so of “Writing on the Walls” and it reminded me almost exactly of their last CD. Don’t get me wrong I loved their last CD so poppy catchy and beautiful but I played it out. (that was my fault). Well had I listened to more of the song I would have realized Underoath has gone in a totally different direction all together. Their new CD “Define the Great Line” is a beautiful blend of chaos and melody. I would say a mix between “O GOd the Aftermath” (NOrma Jean) and “They’re only Chasing Safety”. Maybe we could call it “They’re Only Chasing the AFtermath” what do you think?…
Anyways the CD is definatley a maturing for the band. Not that they need to mature on their stuff each CD has sounded totally different and masterfully done but this is a whole ball game. The guitar parts are technical the vocals are brutal at times and lull you to sleep at others. For example near the end of “Writing on the Walls” it goes to only vocals and synth and lulls you into passiveness only to punch you in the face for 5 seconds of breakdown.
It is hard to explain this isn your typical chaoscore CD though there are many elements it is somehow put together much better. The songs the transitions seem to fit together so well. If the songs were even put in another order it could take away from the beauty of it! There is not much at all I didn’t like about the CD the only thing would be on a few of the middle tracks it totally slows down perhaps to give you a break from the onslaught. The CD at that point fades into background music until the barrage continues. It doesn’t take away from the CD to much just something that caught me off guard.
So essentially I love this CD one of my favorite CD’s to come out in awhile.