Underoath are back with their seventh album, Voyeurist, and explosive, emotional and powerful beast of an album.
Taking recording into their own hands at guitarist Tim McTague’s studio, the band use this freedom to explore their musical tendencies while delving deep into their souls lyrically. The confines of the studio combined with accountability to their band mates creates tension however from that conflict comes the genius before you.
This band isn’t standing still either as Damn Excuses and Hallelujah drags you in then kicks you back out with the force of atomic bomb exploding. By now you know you’re in for a wild ride.
While the album does feature electronic beats throughout such as (No Oasis), it is the bands ability to go between metalcore, punk and hardcore with ease while not losing any of the emotional impact of the lyrics that is the defining feature.
The albums lyrics range from isolation and reflection in Thorn, suicidal thoughts in I’m Pretty Sure I’m Out Of Luck And Have No Friends and a break up in Numb, each one you feel the pain and despair inside.
Take A Breath is a gripping and aggressive, with a great groove, underpinned by the bands tightness to withstand the double attack of the earthquake shaking solo and lightning sharp vocals.
We’re All Gonna Die meanwhile is an old school punk metalcore gem with everything you want. Infectious beat, switch ups in the vocals and a chorus you want to yell from the rooftops.
Underoath pushed each other, literally, to create this album and from it is arguably the bands best and most complete work. The vocals are sublime, the music razor sharp. Consider it already on your list of top 10 albums of 2022.
Album Review By Iain McCallum