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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Whether you describe this type of alternative rock as screamo, post-hardcore, or melodic hardcore, albums like They're Only Chasing Safety are all about contrasts -- heaven contrasting with hell, melody contrasting with sledgehammer brutality, "normal" singing (whatever "normal" is) contrasting with tortured, agonized, death-all-over-your-face screaming. This screamo/post-hardcore/melodic hardcore approach is quite different from full-fledged metalcore; while metalcore units like Hatebreed, Brick Bath, and Finland's notoriously ferocious Rotten Sound go right for the jugular, Underoath and similar bands prefer to mix honey with vinegar. Overall, the Tampa, FL, residents ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Whether you describe this type of alternative rock as screamo, post-hardcore, or melodic hardcore, albums like They're Only Chasing Safety are all about contrasts -- heaven contrasting with hell, melody contrasting with sledgehammer brutality, "normal" singing (whatever "normal" is) contrasting with tortured, agonized, death-all-over-your-face screaming. This screamo/post-hardcore/melodic hardcore approach is quite different from full-fledged metalcore; while metalcore units like Hatebreed, Brick Bath, and Finland's notoriously ferocious Rotten Sound go right for the jugular, Underoath and similar bands prefer to mix honey with vinegar. Overall, the Tampa, FL, residents do a decent job of integrating the honey and the vinegar on They're Only Chasing Safety, which is their first album since Spencer Chamberlain replaced Dallas Taylor as lead singer. After Taylor's departure in 2003, some fans had strong reservations about Underoath carrying on without him. But Chamberlain has no problem taking over the lead vocalist spot on this 2004 release, and he seems to have a firm grasp of the sort of good cop/bad cop and heaven/hell contrasts that characterize a screamo disc like They're Only Chasing Safety. Of course, the screamo aesthetic is hardly unique to Underoath; anyone who has spent time listening to Nora, From Autumn to Ashes, Hopesfall, or School for Heroes will see the parallels between Underoath and those bands. But lyrically, one thing that separates Underoath from other screamo outfits is their Christian orientation. Not that the Floridians beat listeners over the head with Christianity -- if anything, their Christian references are subliminal on this CD, which explains why secular audiences have been receptive to them. They're Only Chasing Safety is mildly uneven -- some of the tunes hold up better than others -- but more often that not, it's a respectable outing from this post-Taylor edition of Underoath.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2004
  • Label: Solid State Records
  • UPC: 724358318401
  • Catalog Number: 83184
  • Sales rank: 59,564

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Underøath Primary Artist
Aaron Gillespie Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Christopher Dudley Keyboards, Group Member
Aaron Marsh Vocals
James Smith Guitar, Group Member
Spencer Chamberlain Vocals, Group Member
Grant Brandell Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Troy Glessner Mastering
Matt Goldman Engineer
Underøath Composer
James Paul Wisner Producer, Engineer
Aaron Marsh Composer
Tim McTague Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good Good Great!!!!

    I am not a BIG fan of any kind of metal but I have to say that this cd, and only THIS Underoath cd has a tasteful blend of screamo and Christian alternitive. I don't like their next cd, too much screaming, every song sounds the same and you can't tell what they're saying! But "They're Only Chasing Safety" is pretty good:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    music

    i thought this cd was great i really enjoyed, all there other stuff personally sucked really bad but thats just me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    UNDEROATH is awesome

    underoath is one of my favorite bands, they'r only chasing safety is an awesome cd and if you dont have it get it cause your missing out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't waste your time.

    If Underoath was aiming for mediocre pop-metalcore that takes no musical chances and conforms to the familiar and mundane, then they have hit a bulls-eye. Don't bother buying this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    I'd recommend this cd to anyone who liked the transformation from atreyu's suicide notes to the curse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest...

    The Underoath CD Is The Best I Think I Have Heard In At Least A Little While. They Are One Of The Few Bands That Could Actually Pull Of Having A Choir In Part Of A Song... Some Of The Best Songs On The CD I Would Have To Say Would Be A Boy Brushed Red, Living In Black And White And Reinventing Your Exit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Underoath is AWESOME!!!

    Underoath is one of the best bands I have heard in a long time. They have awesome melodies and fantastic lyrics that get you jumping in no time! It's also cool that they stick to their religious beliefs and they don't care what people think. Go Underoath!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    yeaha, LOVE this band

    This is an AWESOME band, and I really love this new cd. Not only is this band got the sound that hard-core moshers love, they stick to their beliefs and have a Christian element. I saw them in concert, and they refused to follow suit of the other bands who were talking crudely and cursing all night, but really showed the crowd that being a christian doesn't mean you're not intensly awesome, and you don't have to be crude to be cool. i love this band!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great!

    I really don't like christiancore, but this cd is a nice exception, alot less preach, alot more thrash, young and aspiring is a fantastic song I tend to loop over and over, I don't really like the sampled drum loops that seem to pop up now and again, but overall a fantastic suprise. Every song has its own little spice that gets your head moving, with the exception of the blue note.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    nice!!!!!!!!!!!

    i thought this was a great cd. i am always listening to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST!

    Underoath is amazing on this CD. The music is so good, and the lyrics are amazing. I just bought this CD, I am always listening to it, it's one of the best CD's I've ever heard before. Some of the best songs are A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White, Reinventing Your Exit, and Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape. This is an amazing CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    conformist music

    this is your typical emo core nothing exciting or technical just average nothingness. this is for the emo boys and girls who need this for there style

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better Than The First

    I'm the kid who wrote the first review on the first UnderOath CD. I just learned that UnderOath had 2 different screaming singers from their first and second CD. The first CD they had a guy named Dallas Taylor and on their second they had a better guy named Spencer Chamberlin. Chamberlin is way better than Taylor. I just wanted to let all of you readers out there that information. Okay. Now for the review. This CD is awesome. I like all of their songs. Their closing song, "Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape" is my favorite. It's a great christian song. I like the whole screaming thing at the end. I got this CD for Christmas and I was very pleased to hear this CD. Great job UNDEROATH!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant.

    Underøath accomplishes a lot [musically] with this album. It has brilliant guitars, drums, bass, keyboards, etc. However, the greatest thing about this CD is it's creativity and vocals. In "It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door" they bring a choir in for the background and use a lot of drum and other vocal techs. And then in songs like "I'm Content With Losing" they add in subtle effects like the type of background vocals you would hear in "Evenstar" from Lord of the Rings. They are also able to balance their screaming and yelling with great vocals. Underøath is an incredible skill with more talent than you can shake a stick at. I highly recommend this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    boring

    yes its boring,typical and suffers from musical sameness. i bought there cd and didnt like it at first so i decided to give it some more trys but i just cant find anything innovative or great about this band. If you think there so awsome and technical you need to listen to more music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They're Only Chasing Safety

    i have to give this band praise for melody for which most core bands seem to care less. i am an avid fan of metal and other music and i seem to find that the vocals sound too much like other teen core bands. the screaming is a bit amatuer and the drummer can't seem to do anything else except for repetitive drum beats, much like every other punk or core band. obviously i can't find much talent because it's more or less teen spririted rock. if you want some real technical rock with some blaring screams and growls that will send you into musical bliss try "Extol". i swear you'll never go back to emo core, i didn't

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best CD I've Ever Bought

    UnderOath completely blew me away with this CD. I thought they were awesome with their old singer Dallas but Spencer is one thousand times better. One note, the last song on the CD is sung by the lead singer of Copeland. It probably is the most amazing song I have ever heard. UnderOath has not only delivered the best CD to hit stores but they deliver the best live shows. Check them out and definately buy the CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They're Only Chasing Safety

    typical harcore emo. no technicality or musical innovations. Music for the masses and children. but at least there is a melody

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can you say "WOW!"?

    If there was one word to describe this album, I would say "WOW!". From the opening scream, to the soothing singing vocals, this album has it all. Their first single, "Reinventing Your Own Exit", has great power and a pop to it that makes you want to listen over and over again. The last song on the cd, "Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape" features Aaron Marsh from Copeland. He is one of the most brilliant falsetto singers out their in the business today and adds a lot to the last song. This cd really shows the writing talent of the band. Screamo has become more popular over the last year or two, and this band is gonna keep pushing open the envelope for their genre. p.s. check them out this summer on all of the warped tour dates on the smart punk stage!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good stuff for the not so hardcore...

    Underoath always changes a bit from cd to cd. The changing of times was definitely changing of times for me. Where were the breakdowns? The double bass? Yes the band has changed it's cast from cd to cd also but where were the part in the songs where you just wanted to spin kick and floor punch? Still it was a great CD. They're Only Chasing Safety continues this tradition with a new front man that I belive has better vocals. UnderOath sounds like they are slowly moving away from traidtional hardcore and more into their own. The cd sounds a lot like Beloved, but that's a good thing. A good cd, but for the dudes in the black hoodies and white head bands, they're gonna call the music awful.

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