I feel differently then a lot of the other reviewers. Most are saying that Underoath's attempt at a new sound was a flop. I don't agree that it was an attempt at a new sound whatsoever and as far as the instrumentation goes, this album is killer. It is exactly what I would hope for from the best in the business. The percussion is insane (as always), the guitar tones and riffs are top-notch, and Spencer's voice is the best it has ever been! So why one star?
The flop was the fact that they are complete sellouts! Their entire career was built on two things: they are talented beyond belief and they are unashamedly christian in a very bold way. In fact, they built their success on their faith. It is why so many people were drawn toward them. Going completely against the grain, these guys made music for something greater than themselves. Now, they are sprinting in the other direction with their tails between their legs. It's plain sad.
I think it's pitiful that Spencer used the entire record to whine about his life. Go watch recent interviews; all he has to say is that a few Christians were judgemental and he flat out gave up. He caved under the pressure. Well so sorry to tell you guys, pressure is about the only thing that your "Lord" promised you. The lyrics on the record point to God as the one to blame. The reality is that this album points to a group of sellouts who are obviously immature in their own faith.
The one who disappoints me the most is Gillespie. In one interview he mentions how it should be just fine to use the word "[email protected]
$k" in a song. That is completely besides the point, christian or not. I expected a lot more from him. Sad to hang up my hat as a fan. Looking forward to the instrumental-only cut.