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Get Laid (For Christ) - 24%

OzzyApu, October 1st, 2012

This is two shades heavier and less demeaning than They're Only Chasing Safety. The gushy clean vocals, accessible guitar leads, phenomenal number of breakdowns, and developed-world suburban angst are discomforting. This is the band's attempt at trying to refine emo / post-hardcore and make it a footstep in the direction of being respectable. The crystalline production makes this super crisp sounding, and such glossy music is so fitting. However, the music is anything but compatible, as catchy, heavy, godly, dishonest screamo, and the goal to be gripping try to merge and fail pitifully (except for one track). Define The Great Line is defined by easy hooks, poppy choruses, tenuous rhythms, forced vocals of both styles, and electronic filler. It's just an embarrassment.

This is boy-band mainstream rock led primarily by squeaky screaming, frustratingly catchy clean vocals, and layers of clean guitar texturing. Not to the level of the previous album, but c'mon, the band didn't move forward much in their attempt to get heavier. The anthemic tone, metallic demeanor, and introspective vibe fall through the cracks between unnecessary feedback, squelched harshness, fumbling distortion, and candid, contrived hooks. This is textbook laziness with a sprinkle of being less whiny, which can be said about the lyrics overall, too. I get trying to make yourself seem humble and weak without Jesus, but these are sickly lyrics with even worse throaty, mad-at-girlfriend screams and pubescent clean crying / singing expressing them. Double this duo up with this streamlined alternative rock in post-hardcore filler and it makes for an album with too much to say (with little of it being of value).

The one song that's very unlike Underoath in this period is "Casting Such A Thin Shadow". Within this realm of breakdown dependent metalcore / post-hardcore glistening in suburban agony and turmoil is a song that turns out being the best thing the band would write until Ø (Disambiguation). Without hyping too much, if you enjoy post-rock, then you'll love this song. This song represents an Underoath with lush build-ups containing lots of ambient-like guitar harmonies, intense zest in the riffs, crafty flow, delectable atmosphere, and vocals that are pretty good (bearable at worst). This is Define The Great Line as it could and should have been.

Interest does not wane with "Casting Such A Thin Shadow," but every other track fails in their own way. Nitpicking good parts would be a waste since nothing amounts to a higher level of praise. Breakdowns and flaky riffs with tasteless drumming and progression had to go through a major change to be of any use. The keyboards / programming ought to have been dropped, as they added practically nothing besides some acceptable lines and atmosphere support. Their role in this band is overstated to the point where it hurts more than it helps. Well, many years too late to expect that kind of a change.