Poison The Well
Bless the Fall
Farewell to Freeway
LabelTooth And Nail
Tracklist1. Breathing In A New Mentality
2. Anyone Can Dig A Hole But It Takes A Real Man To Call It Home
3. A Fault Line, A Fault Of Mine
4. Emergency Broadcast / The End Is Near
5. The Only Survivor Was Miraculously Unharmed
6. We Are the Involuntary
7. The Created Void
8. Coming Down Is Calming Down
9. Desperate Times, Desperate Measures
10. Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear
11. Desolate Earth / The End Is Here
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Underoath surprised everyone with their previous release, Define The Great Line. It was quite a departure from their softer, more mainstream They’re Only Chasing Safety, which shot them from death metal into stardom. Define The Great Line not only impressed people by the amount of thickness and heaviness to the band’s new approach, but there were a few great, epic moments on the album that no one saw coming. With there being a trend of an overall diverse sound between albums, one would expect Underoath’s new record, Lost In The Sound Of Separation, to push the limits of their abilities and once again surprise everyone with another epic record. Unfortunately, in the end, the only thing close to epic, as far as this album goes, is the artwork.
Too much of this album is uninteresting and sounds very, very similar. It seems at times the band is trying too hard to either sound extremely heavy or very melodic and it ends up just being overly dull in the end. For instance, the opening track “Breathing In A New Mentality” is 3 minutes of forced in your face heaviness that sounds like something The Chariot would do, with open chord breakdowns, feedback and all. There are also tracks that are on the verge of being great, but the band’s attempt at minimal song writing ends up almost completely ruining them instead. During the second half of “The Only Survivor Was Miraculously Unharmed” the band shifts into a beautiful atmospheric section with a hair-raising build up that transitions into… absolutely nothing. The band shoots themselves in the foot when they could have really built a great part into one of the most climatic sections of their career but instead the track just ends abruptly.
The highlight of the album is track 10, “Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear” with its powerful vocal melodies and a building beat reminiscent of Radiohead. The song really sounds like a closing track and would make a brilliant one, but it isn’t. The closing track is “Desolate Earth / The End Is Here” which sounds like the band trying to hard to write an epic ambient closing track, and it’s just as boring as the songs where they are trying to be heavier than they should.
Lost In The Sound Of Separation is a letdown of an Underoath album, especially after the stellar Define The Great Line. There are far too many mediocre songs, the tracks that are good could have been a lot better, and there are far too few great moments on this CD. The production on the record is also very muddy and far too bass heavy. There aren’t many albums that will not sound good with Bose headphones on but the bass on the record succeeded in drowning everything else out, and made it difficult to listen to when the volume is up high. The album is simply inconsistent and the song writing is poor. Fans expecting another knockout release from Underoath will have to wait another two years.