Tuesday night, I gathered with the members of Underoath and press at Swinghouse Studios in West Hollywood to listen to their new album, Disambiguation, which comes out November 9th. The past few months have been quite the roller coaster for the band, with line-up and release date changes, working with new producers, and dealing with the Florida humidity…Nonetheless, Underoath was excited to finally let people hear what they’ve been working so hard on.
When the news came out this April that Aaron Gillespie was leaving Underoath, you could almost hear the Underoath fan base hold their breath in anxiousness. As the drummer, vocalist, and only original founding member of Underoath existing, Aaron was in many ways the face and force for the band, and this left fans on edge. I was as anxious as the rest to hear what it sounded like, and boy was I delighted when the electronic clicks and pops began.
Let’s start with the drums.
The style of drumming on this record blew me away, much more than the previous record. You could tell that it was definitely not Aaron, both in the what was actually played and how it sounded. Talking to Underoath’s new drummer, Daniel Davidson, I asked him about his biggest music influences. His first response was “The Deftones,” and the record I had just listened to all of sudden made more sense to me. I could hear that Deftones sense of “maturity and creativity” within the drums and buried in the bowels of these tracks. I felt that these drums created an amazing foundation for the new record.
The guitars sounded very different than the normal “Adam D” infused Underoath record – there was a depth and heaviness to these guitars that I haven’t heard before on an Underoath record. If I was chatting to another metal guitarist, I would describe it as being “less metal, but just as heavy.” At any rate, it works. Thumbs up dudes.
And last but not least, Spencer took to the sky with the vocals on this record. I wondered what this record would be like without Aaron as the driving force behind the vocals. As a vocalist myself, I am extremely picky and pay attention detail, and I was very impressed by his leadership on the melodies and lyrics. There were almost some Anthony Green moments in the record, as Spencer wails out high notes over droning guitars and thumping drums.
So hold your breath no longer, fans of Underoath – and get excited for Disambiguation. Check out the band’s webiste to pre-order the record, because you won’t be disappointed.
All photos by: Bree McCool