Underoath is highly considered one of the most popular and inspiring bands of all time within the metal community from the late 90s and beyond with their extremely new take and progression within the Christian metal genre specifically. The Christian metal titans may have gone though a few lineup changes over the years, each era of the band is respected in its own way. Overall. with everything the band brought to the scene, especially inspiration, to the growing metal scene. Below we ranked all of Underoath’s albums from their newest full album release of Erase Me to their older death metal era of albums with Dallas Taylor.
8. Act of Depression
Act of Depression is the first full-length release from Underoath, as stated above, featuring the band’s more death metal elements and vocal styles from then lead vocalist Dallas Taylor. Dallas Taylor’s vocals were unique to genre not only as a Christian band but as a metal band in general. Although Underoath play these songs less often than the rest of their discography, the songs have a special place in many fans hearts as the band does play the album for special occasions.
7. Cries of the Past
Cries of the Past is the second full-length from Underoath, and also featured the unique death metal vocals styles of Dallas Taylor as well as other elements that reminisced with black metal. Compared to everything released after this album, it’s strange to think that there’s an Underoath album with Aaron Gillespie that doesn’t feature his highly acknowledged clean vocals. Cries of the Past was very unique in its own way, although this album often gets bundled with Act of Depression, the albums were very different.
6. The Changing of Times
The Changing of Times was another record from the earliest era of Underoath, and the final full-length to feature Dallas Taylor on lead vocal duties. The album started the sound that leaned more towards what Underoath’s overall sound would be for the next decade and beyond but even after this album Underoath still evolved greatly. While it remains as one of the least popular Underoath albums, it earned 6th on our albums ranked list for the band due to its importance in shaping the band today.
5. Ø (Disambiguation)
Possibly the most interesting release from Underoath was Ø (Disambiguation), a name the band used from their long standing logo of an O with a slash through it, something to band often incorporated within their name. This album simultaneously had a very old school feeling to it but also was something entirely new from Underoath. Ø (Disambiguation) is also the only album the band released without Aaron Gillespie contributing whatsoever and following this release Underoath went on hiatus.
4. Lost in the Sound of Separation
Lost in the Sound of Separation certainly didn’t hit as hard with fans and critics as well as Underoath’s first 2 albums with Spencer Chamberlain on lead vocals. The album is also the last to feature Aaron Gillespie for 10 years, including the hiatus, until the band released Erase Me in 2018. Lost in the Sound of Separation featured an evolved sound from the previously mentioned records but mostly shied away from what the band had sounded like and shifted it towards a new sound within post-hardcore.
3. Erase Me
The highly anticipated return to form for Underoath, Erase Me, was the most surprising release for the band in a number of ways as it not only felt like the band truly returned but they were a brand new powerhouse within the Christian metal scene. However, when Underoath released this album, it came to some shock and judgement when the band used profanity for the first time, ever. The band did this in an attempt to show that growth and change happens everywhere and that while they are still Christian, beliefs change in some form for anything that’s true to you.
2. Define The Great Line
Along with They’re Only Chasing Safety, Define The Great Line was among the most popular and well-known Christian metal albums of all time and are still highly respected. Earning 2nd on our Underoath albums ranked list, Define The Great Line was a much harder hitting album and featured some incredible choruses and drum work that were similar to the album before it. Compared to the music styles of They’re Only Chasing Safety, this album held much darker concepts and felt much heavier than Underoath’s Spencer Chamberlain debut.
1. They’re Only Chasing Safety
They’re Only Chasing Safety earned the number one Underoath album on our albums ranked list and it’s for good reason considering how immensely popular and inspiring the album was. Before Erase Me, the band went on a very extensive tour that featured the band playing They’re Only Chasing Safety as well as Define The Great Line, in order to promote their reunion. Overall, They’re Only Chasing Safety started the largest era of Underoath’s career until the band became more experimental with Ø (Disambiguation).