2008 was a big year for the metal/rock community when industry veterans Underoath released their sixth album called Lost in the Sound of Separation that was met with wide critical acclaim and rightfully so. Months before they released their album, the stated that this was the hardest album they’ve ever worked on because seen on their initial released Define the Great Line the band was warmly met and had some of the greatest in this generation, it also pushed them into the mainstream world and is considered to be iconic album in terms of rock and the genres that revolve around it. So one could see why working on Lost would be hard task to accomplish.
The sound of Lost in the Sound of Separation is heavy and it’s the heaviest album they’ve recorded, after the first listen of the first track “Breathing in a New Mentality” you want more of what they have to offer. Not only does the song already raise the bar for the album but shows everyone that Underoath has still got the edge. The mouthful to say track, “Anyone Can Dig a Hole But It Takes a Real Man to Call It Home” and “A Fault Line, a Fault of Mine” are two songs that lead singer Spencer Chamberlain and drummer/singer Aaron Gillespie excel at, Chamberlain’s low guttural screams and Gillespie’s clean vocals show why they’re such a big deal still in the scene. The album takes you on a audio trip through the dark and mysterious tones of the record, “The Created Void” along with “Emergency Broadcast : The End Is Near” show them being versatile, being creative and experimental but shows how the band has evolved over time, embracing different styles and tuning them to their needs.
One of the most prominent evolutions is Gillespie’s drumming. His ever changing style holds him on top of his peers who play the instrument. His drumming is the backbone of the record and makes it what it is, after listing to “The Only Survivor was Miraculously Unharmed” is a perfect example of what to expect when you put him behind the kit and gives you an idea of what he has is musical arsenal.
Overall the album is classic by definition, it holds that gold standard within the scene. Even though after writing this review, they’ve just finished they’re one time reunion tour that was held worldwide they have left a mark in the scene and help pioneer what the genre should sound like. Bands has followed and tried to imitate but it’s really hard to, because they change how they sound every album and are always experimenting. Lost in the Sound of Separation is held in high regard with not just me but with other fans, people who like the genre and the scene and even other bands who have inspired them and help them find their sound.
Written By: Raza Malik