Just weeks on from the release of their new album ‘Voyeurist’ and Underøath are already adding to it.
This comes in the form of a new version of ‘Hallelujah’ featuring Charlotte Sands.
Aaron had this to say about it:
“So stoked to be able to partner with Charlotte on this tune, she’s the real deal, a crazy talent and a great person, she brought a different and really cool environment to this song, super pumped to have to on it.”
And Charlotte added this:
‘”Hallelujah’ is one of those songs that feels like an entire experience while you’re listening. It’s one of my favourite things about Underoath, their ability to make every song, lyric, and melody feel captivating and immersive. I feel incredibly honoured that they have welcomed me into their world and let me tap into a part of myself and my voice that I haven’t shared. I still can’t believe I was able to be a part of this song and sing alongside legends like Spencer and Aaron, I will brag about this moment for a lifetime to come.”
Check out the new version of ‘Hallelujah’ feat Charlotte Sands below.
Metal innovators, Underoath, have announced they will be performing their highly anticipated new record Voyeurist in its entirety via their Digital Ghost cinematic concert on December 3rd, in partnership with Moment House.
The Digital Ghost event will continue to push further down the path the band blazed in the digital performance space last year with their groundbreaking Observatory event. The Observatory was considered a major reference point in the evolution of livestreaming with its influence apparent in digital concerts from major artists thereafter. It was praised by everyone from Revolver and Loudwire to Forbes and CNBC for the unique way it treated fans to a raw and visceral experience with the hits they longed to see played live while being robbed of concerts during the pandemic. In addition to the enjoyment it brought fans during a difficult time, it reached a level of success where the band was able to replace the tour income they would have otherwise lost in 2020 and keep a team of over 20 live music professionals employed for a month while the industry was struggling to provide jobs.
This time around, Digital Ghost offers something entirely different – a chance to be part of a communal moment built around Underoath music that nobody has ever heard before. Voyeurist is arguably the most ambitious record of the band’s career, and it’s only fitting that the first time fans hear it will be during this equally ambitious event. Get your tickets now for Digital Ghost through Moment House and secure your spot in witnessing a pivotal moment in Underoath history.
Quote from Tim McTague of Underoath about Digital Ghost:
“When we started conceptualizing the Voyeurist event, we knew that we wanted to do something different than a traditional live stream. We have done three of them and, coming back a year after Observatory, we knew we didn’t want to just repeat the cycle. One of the biggest goals was the idea of blending narrative with the visuals. Threading the needle on a live performance while adding in cinematic elements was a big part of Digital Ghost. The goal of Observatory was never to re-create a static live performance, and I think Digital Ghost is an extension of that thought. In the end, Digital Ghost is an attempt to push boundaries as a band and set a new bar for what virtual live experiences can be. With everything we do, there is a lot of risk and some lofty goals. It’s pretty special to conceptualize these projects and then watch them form in real time, especially when you have a finite amount of time and resources.”
Quote from Arjun Mehta, co-founder and CEO of Moment House about Digital Ghost:
“We’re thrilled to partner with Underoath for their Digital Ghost cinematic concert ahead of the release of their new album,” said Moment House co-founder and CEO Arjun Mehta. “The band have masterfully embraced this powerful new medium and we can’t wait to help bring their remarkable creative vision to life with their fans around the world.”
Over the past few months, Underoath have continued to excite fans with a cryptic release plan that has included four singles from Voyeuristto date. Each track revealed has been accompanied by a deeper glance into the meaning behind the new record, which functions more as a multimedia art project than a standard album campaign. At the heart of this release is the immersive website, voyeurist.io, where visitors are able to peer in on other fans, as well as the band, begging the question of whether or not what they’re witnessing is happening in real time or is something pre-recorded. This serves as a microcosm of the overall effect that a digital existence has on us all and provides some insight into the concept of “digital ghosts” that is essential to the meaning behind the record.
Voyeurist marks the first time in Underoath’s storied career that they took the recording process completely into their own hands. The result is the most collaborative album of Underoath’s career and, anchored in a profound respect for each other, one that left no stone unturned creatively. The band refers to Voyeurist as “high-def violence” – technologically advanced, but undeniably visceral. Conceptually, Voyeurist has several interrelated meanings, each tying back to the concepts of how we curate ourselves through social media and how that facade masks a lot of what we actually experience in life. The album is a cohesive listening experience with enough layers to provide fans with a fresh take and new favorite track on every spin. Leading up to the album release, fans have been able to discover clips of new songs in exchange for granting camera access through the band’s immersive website, voyeurist.io.
Underoath revealed their highly anticipated seventh full-length, Voyeurist, set for release on January 14th via Fearless Records. To celebrate the announcement, the band shared the anthemic new track “Hallelujah”, which serves as the second single from Voyeurist and is sure to be a staple of their live set for years to come. “Hallelujah” boasts one of the most addictive hooks of the band’s career over a soundscape anchored in chaotic guitars, soaring synths, and percussion that will rattle the listener to their bones. Fans were offered a sneak peek of the track earlier this week in exchange for granting camera access at voyeurist.io. Once on the website, they were able to listen along as they got a glimpse at other fans doing the same.
Guitarist, Tim McTague summarizes the track perfectly:
“I think the song is one of the more powerful songs on the album for a myriad of reasons, but sharing a night of beers and stories with a handful of the people you love, unpacking a ton of heady concepts and recording a choir really put an exclamation point on the song for me. It’s dark, beautiful, haunting and heavy all at the same time. That’s what Underoath does best in my opinion.”
Voyeurist marks the first time in Underoath’s storied career that they took the recording process completely into their own hands. Doing so led to plenty of difficult conversations, but it also provided the ideal situation for artistic innovation. As McTague continues “I’ve always wanted to record our own album. I think we just needed to get into a headspace personally that would allow criticism and critique to land in a productive and constructive way.” The result is the most collaborative album of Underoath’s career and, anchored in a profound respect for each other, one that left no stone unturned creatively. McTague adds again “We grew so much in real time and I think the record speaks to that growth and collaboration. I haven’t ever felt this attached to a project in my life.”
The band refers to Voyeurist as “high-def violence” – technologically advanced, but undeniably visceral. Conceptually, Voyeurist has several interrelated meanings, each tying back to the concepts of how we curate ourselves through social media and how that facade masks a lot of what we actually experience in life. The album is a cohesive listening experience with enough layers to provide fans with a fresh take and new favorite track on every spin.
Voyeurist is available for pre-order now, including a deluxe animated vinyl that features a plastic o-card sleeve that activates playback of the jacket’s interlaced video imagery.
Underoath has been a formative voice in progressive, heavy rock for almost two decades. Today, they share their blistering new single “Damn Excuses” out on Fearless Records. This release marks the first new music from Underoath since 2018’s Grammy-nominated full-length, Erase Me, and launches a brand new chapter in the band’s career. “Damn Excuses” was completely self-recorded and produced at guitarist Tim McTague’s studio, Feral Sound, in Tampa, Florida. It evokes the beautiful chaos that so many fans have found special about Underoath for years while still managing to break through new sonic and emotional boundaries.
Speaking on the track, keyboardist Chris Dudley states:
“This song came out of nowhere for us. In hindsight, it probably stems emotionally from the anxiousness that a year of isolation will give you, and that ‘wanting-to-explode’ feeling came out with zero effort. It was therapeutic. This is us ready to get back into a loud room with sweaty people and experience something real together.”
“Damn Excuses” was partly inspired by the band’s critically-acclaimed Observatory livestream experience last year. As a global pandemic shook the foundation of the music industry in 2020, interest in the digital consumption of live music began to wane after a few months. With Observatory, Underoath breathed new life into the realm with a complete overhaul of the process – creating something equal parts intimate and monumental. It carried the weight of a sold out arena show translated through vessels consumable in fan’s living rooms. What made it all the more impactful was the fact that the entire initiative was dreamt up and brought to fruition largely by the band’s internal team. Thus, providing another shining reminder of the innovation that the six members of Underoath are capable of pulling together.
This far into their storied career, Underoath has unsurprisingly faced their fair share of adversity. Through the trials and tribulations, a commitment to their craft and a sense of accountability rooted in mutual respect for each other has ensured that each new chapter for the band continues to mold their legacy in a positive fashion. With their shared history of remarkable accolades and trying hardships continuing to shape who the individual members are as people, Underoath is still just scratching the surface of what they can accomplish as a band. There are few acts in the annals of rock history that can say their best work is still ahead of them almost two decades into their career. Fortunately, Underoath falls into that category. As the world opens back up in 2021, the band is deeply committed to living up to the high expectations that fans (and themselves) have come to expect for anything associated with the project. It will undoubtedly be something special to witness as this next chapter in the Underoath story manifests.
Check out the video for ‘Damn Excuses’ below or you can stream the track via your preferred streaming service.
It may not be taking place but we’ll still be able to headbang freely.
A few weeks ago, slipknot had made the announcement that they were to postpone all of theri summer touring plans. This included North American dates for Knotfest, the UK edition of Knotfest and Knotfest At Sea.
Even though it’s been cancelled, a party of sorts is still going ahead with the details of a concert stream.
From May 29th at 11pm BST, you’ll be able to watch the 2019 Slipknot set which too place from Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting!
And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll be able to view Underoath’s 2016 set at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas where they played, ‘They’re Only Chasing Safety’ in full and Code Orange’s ‘Last Ones Left: In Fear Of The End’ which took place on Twitch eariler this year.
And even more coming as there’ll be exclusive interviews as well.
It’s been over a year now since Underoath released their eighth record, ‘Erase Me’. To celebrate the release and to defend themselves on their artistic choices, they’ve created a documentary about the making of ‘Erase Me’ which will be released via Youtube tomorrow morning at 1AM GMT. This is because it’s being released on EST at 8PM.
Check out the trailer for the Documentary below.
We’re excited to share Get Over It (The Making of Erase Me) – a look at what went into making ‘Erase Me.’
It’s 4PM on a Friday! This means it’s time for the music video roundup. If you’re new to either the blog or these music video roundup posts, this is how it works. Every week, I watch some of the best recently released music videos and compile them into a list for everyone’s viewing pleasure. They’re span across all the different genres, so expect something different for most of the tracks. First up are Breather, an up and coming British group with a powerful track in the form of, ‘The Blue’.
The second entry is another fantastic video. It features footage taken from his recent tour in support of his debut solo record, ‘Post Traumatic’ and the clips are from the New York and Montreal shows of Mike Shinoda’s tour, check out I.O.U. below.
It’s safe to say State Champs newest record, ‘Living Proof’ was one of Pop-Punks best records in 2018 and one of their best tracks off the record, ‘Criminal’ has a music video! The basic plot? It’s about a desperate search for an iPod. Trust me.
Recently, the fantastic Welsh up and comers Holding Absence finally released their long-awaited debut record but just before, they dropped a new video which introduces some colour into their monochrome aesthetic they’re known for.
Vocalist Lucas Woodland had the following to say about the song and their previous singles.
“We’re so proud and excited to show everybody ‘Monochrome’, the song shows our band sonically and visually in a new light and opens a lot of doors for us. We feel like this track, alongside the prior 3 singles released are a great insight as to what our album has to offer and what fans can expect.”
Another band who’s just released some new material are the British melodic hardcore newcomers Modern Error. Their last cut before the release of their debut EP, ‘Lost In The Noise’ is called ‘Self Synthetic’ which keeps up their blue aesthetic.
Time to get a little cinematic. It’s from those wolf masked crazies in Man With A Mission and this video packs a punch. Literally.
Moving into 2019, The Xcerts are going into it off a stellar 2018 for the band who’ve just kept that momentum going from every single track off their latest record. With a new EP on the horizon for the band, 2019 will be a make or break year for them. With that in mind, they have a new video for ‘You Mean Everything’ and on this video, vocalist Murray Macleod has said:
“We are really psyched to share with you the video for ‘You Mean Everything’. It was put together by our close friend Thomas Brooker who has spent the past year and a half with us on the road during the entire ‘Hold On To Your Heart’ campaign. I guess it’s kind of a romantic rock and roll, family home video, we hope you dig it as much as we do.”
Moving on with this list, we’re going across the pond to the Boston based hardcore band, Defeater. They’re gearing up for the release of their fifth record, but recently dropped a stream of the lead single, ‘Mothers’ Son’. It features plenty of footage working on the record in the studio and is quite a visual spectacle.
Following the announcement of their EP, ‘Ensom’ and the reaction to their debut single off it, Parting Gift have another surprise for us which just intensifies just what we’re gearing up for with this band.
And we have a huge, dark and intense last video for everyone. It’s Underoath and they have a video for a track off their 2018 record, ‘Erase Me’. Aaron Gillespie has said: “Spencer [Chamberlain] and I were chained to a pole for three hours with a stranger, who was the actress. Making this video was a really interesting process, because the song deals with a lot of deep issues and struggles. But it was so late when we were filming that we were just hysterical. The video seems so serious due to the lyrical content, but it was a night.”
And that’s it for another week of music video roundup. Don’t forget to check back next week at 4PM sharp for another countdown of ten of the best recent music videos to feast your eyes upon. There’s also new posts every day on the Almost anything Media so be sure to check out anything that might catch your eye.
And we’re back, this time on time! That’s right, it’s time for another round of music videos every Friday. This is what happens on this list. I search for some of the latest and greatest videos for your viewing pleasure from all over the place. Kicking us off on this week’s list is Eva Plays Dead. We’ve missed this band on the scene in the UK but have no fear as the female-fronted foursome are well and truly back with their video for ‘Get Back. The band are currently crowdfunding an EP release so have your ears peeled for new music in the near future.
Next, we go the band Atilla.They’ve just left their label, SharpTone to go independent and now have recently released their second single since doing so. Check out the video for ‘Blackout’ below.
Now, going with the release of their new EP, ‘Lifestyle’, their first release since their 2013 record, ‘Nation’ and now London hardcore group TRC have dropped a video for their newest single, ‘London’s Greatest Love Story, Part II’. (Bit of a mouthful that one isn’t it? but be sure to check it out below.
Going to the Easter theme, it’s a time when people buy a ton of chocolate or wait…. that’s just passed. Anyways, this video is from Manchester heavy hitters Heritage with their new track ‘Born Again(st).
Now, Queens Of The Stone Age are getting ready for their biggest UK show to date later this summer in Finsbury Park, but it hasn’t stopped them from releasing their latest video for ‘Head Like A Haunted House’.
Now, I love our British bands. This next video is from rising metalcore group Shields as the band will be releasing their debut full-length record, ‘Life In Exile’ next month and ahead of the release they’ve dedicated the next video as well as the track to George Christie, the band’s guitarist who tragically took his own life earlier this year.
Now we go to Ohio for our next band in the form of Hawthorne Heights. They’re gearing up to release their new record, ‘Bad Frequencies’, their first record in half a decade and now they’ve debuted their single, ‘Just Another Ghost’ which you can watch below.
Underoath’s new record ‘Erase Me’ just dropped today but the track in question is called Rapture. It dropped last week in music video form and it’s just amazing to watch!
Now, this legend in the field is currently touring his tenth record, ‘Say10’ with a co-headlining run with Rob Zombie coming this summer in America but it still hasn’t stopped Marilyn Manson releasing a new video for ‘Tattooed In Reverse’ from his latest record.
Now I’ve saved the best for last. The other week, Panic! At The Disco dropped not one but two tracks. I’m only giving you the one, ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night) because it’s bloody, it pacing is fantastic and is a great spectacle to enjoy! This also acts as the first single for their upcoming record, ‘Pray For The Wicked’ available to buy from June 22nd later this year. Check out the video below.
And that’s it for another round of music video’s this week! We’ve had absolutely fantastic picks this week and I can’t wait to feat my eyes and ears on what’s to come next week.