“You’re getting old” reads the title of an episode from the 15th season of South Park. This title really hits home as I’ve just seen the facebook feeds informing me that Underoath will be breaking up next year. As Underoath mentions in their post, “all good things must come to an end,” and the 15 year existence of Underoath is quite a long time. I’m again reminded that nothing last forever, even our favorite bands.
One of my friends mentioned that over time, music will have less of an importance in my life, and he was right. Nothing will replace Underoath, but the good memories will always be there. From their first album with its black metal feel to their change into alternative metal and then their highlight post-hardcore album, Define The Great Line, Underoath continued to change and refine their sound with each album. Disambiguation was just the highlight of how experimental and heavy they could sound, specifically without the vocals of Aaron Gillespie.
Underoath does makes me feel old to an extent. I”ll be hitting 24 this month, and it makes me realize that 16 was almost 9 years ago. Lately I get that feeling that music will become less and less important as other things take priority in my life, most likely widening my skillset so that my resume is more appealing. When I think about the members in Underoath, I realize that their families have rightfully become their priority. Perhaps you can only tour so long before you realize there are other things you want to do with your life. There’s so much that could be said about Underoath, but no words can really describe how I feel about them. I am instead forced to allow their music to do that for me.
Nonetheless, their influence will be felt on metal and post-hardcore for ages to come. It’s hard to be original and to still progress and change one’s sound with every album, but Underoath has managed to do just that. I will really miss their live performance and energy that distinguished them from the rest. Hopefully, the tickets for their final tour through this area are affordable. If there’s one thing I can say to sum up Underoath, it is this; Titans they have become in their own created genre and Titans they will always remain.
These youtube videos remind me of just how diverse their development has been over the years: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aZus_-1MFI]
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