Music / Underoath

Underoath is a metalcore band from Florida founded by Dallas Taylor and Luke Morton in 1997 and currently fronted by Spencer Chamberlain and Aaron Gillespie. They are currently signed with Fearless Records.

Due to several line-up changes, none of Underoath's original members remain with the group (last original member, drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie left in 2010). With original vocalist Dallas Taylor, they released three albums with a more Black metal inspired sound. Following his departure, Spencer Chamberlain became lead vocalist. The band then released the new sound albums They're Only Chasing Safety and Define the Great Line. These two albums have given them more mainstream and commercial success.

They have received two Grammy nominations in 2007 and 2010 respectively, and while signed to Solid State, were about the most commercially and critically successful Christian rock/metal band out there, garnering a fanbase even from non-religious music fans. The band moved away from faith-based music in 2018 with their comeback album Erase Me.

  • Spencer Chamberlain - Lead vocals (since 2003)
  • Grant Brandell bass guitar (since 2002)
  • Aaron Gillespie drums, clean vocals (19972010, 2015 -)
  • Christopher Dudley keyboards, synthesizers, samplers, programming (since 2000)
  • Timothy McTague lead guitar, backing vocals (since 2001)
  • James Smith rhythm guitar (since 2003)

Former members:
  • Rey Anasco bass guitar (19971999)
  • Matthew Clark bass guitar (20002001)
  • Octavio Fernandez rhythm guitar (20002003), bass guitar (19992000)
  • Daniel Davison drums (2010 - 2013)
  • Luke Morton lead guitar (19971999)
  • Billy Nottke bass guitar (20012002)
  • Kelly Scott Nunn rhythm guitar (20022003)
  • Corey Steger rhythm guitar (19981999), lead guitar (20002001), backing vocals (19982001)
  • Dallas Taylor lead vocals (19972003)

  • Act of Depression (1999)
  • Cries of the Past (2000)
  • The Changing of Times (2002)
  • They're Only Chasing Safety (2004)
  • Define the Great Line (2006)
  • Lost in the Sound of Separation (2008)
  • Ø (Disambiguation) (2010)
  • Erase Me (2018)

Tropes associated with Underoath:

  • Arc Symbol: The infamous Ø.
  • Album Title Drop: "We Are the Involuntary" does this for Lost in the Sound of Separation.
  • Animated Music Video: For the song "Too Bright to See, Too Loud to Hear."
  • Buried Alive: Touched on in the chorus of "In Division."
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Spencer and Tyler Smith of The Word Alive could practically be brothers. And when Tyler substituted for Spencer after the latter fell ill during a tour, their own vocal similarities became apparent as well.
  • Christian Rock: Originally, though they started shifting away from the genre a bit with Ø (Disambiguation), and officially confirmed a departure from it with Erase Me.
  • Concept Album: ''Lost In The Sound of Separation" has many shades of this, with many songs merging into each other and each song telling some kind of story.
    • Considering the lyrical themes/band's shtick with Christian themes, there's a possibility the album is about the end of the world.
    • Cries of the Past seems to be a story of a man who reaches the Despair Event Horizon before finding his true love, who he then loses in a car accident he caused. Rumors keep circulating that the album was inspired by Dallas Taylor's loss of his "fiancee", but this has never been proven true.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Act of Depression and Cries of the Past have heavy influences from Death Metal and Black Metal.
  • Fiery Redhead: Aaron.
  • In-Name-Only: After drummer Aaron Gillespie left. Averted with their reunion as Aaron has now returned.
  • Later Installment Weirdness: The 2010 album, Ø, was made without founding member Aaron Gillespie, leaving the band with no more original members. Vocalist Spencer Chamberlain took over Aaron's clean singing along with the Harsh Vocals he had been dedicated to for the previous three albums. Musically, the album borrows heavily from sludge metal and mathcore, resulting in a very dark and intense sound.
  • Lighter and Softer: Everything after Cries of the Past, though "They're Only Chasing Safety" is by far the lightest and softest. Starting with Define the Great Line, however, the band began moving back in a Darker and Edgier direction.
  • Metal Scream: Both Aaron and Spencer have utilized this on occasions.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Their first two albums were 8-9. The Changing of Times is a 7 with moments of 8 and 9. They're Only Chasing Safety is mostly a 6. Define the Great Line and Lost in the Sound of Seperation are 7, with occasionally bordering on 8. Ø (Disambiguation) is mostly 8 with moments of 6 or 5.
  • Neo Classical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Have been catagorized as Metalcore for the most part, but have also been labeled Post-Hardcore, Emo, Pop Punk (in their lighter songs) and Screamo. Lost in the Sound of Separation even has elements of progressive metal and post-metal.
  • Perishing Alt-Rock Voice: Spencer Chamberlain's "clean" vocals.
  • Precision F-Strike: "On My Teeth", the lead single from Erase Me (and the band's comeback single), opens with the line "Let's get this straight/I'm fine without you/I'm not your fucking prey!" This caused some controversy with the band's Christian fanbase.
  • Revolving Door Band: And how!
  • Soprano and Gravel: Aaron (soprano) and Spencer (gravel). After Aaron's departure, Spencer has been doing both roles. Averted with the band's reunion and Aaron's return.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Spencer seems to be lip synching underwater in the video for "In Division."
  • You Are Not Alone / You Are Better Than You Think: Define the Great Line has these themes, especially with the song "To Whom It May Concern" which basically says don't let life throw you down, push yourself through no matter what.