We get the true first taste of the new Underoath with the most recent song released: “In Division”. With the departure of Aaron, many speculated how the clean vocals would be handled. We first broke the new with our early review coverage, that Spencer Chamberlain would be taking full control of vocals, both clean and scream. While we got a taste of Spencer’s singing on the first single “Illuminator”, we had yet to see his true talent. “In Division” should shed all doubts about Spencer’s ability to carry the band vocally.
“In Division” is a beautiful, chaotic, neck-breaker of a song. New drummer Daniel Davidson steals the spotlight, showcasing the best drumming on an Underoath song to date. At around 2:57 Underoath gives us their best impression of mathcore giants The Chariot, mimicking their signature guitar-squeals-over-vocals sound. Underoath pulls it off well without making it sound out of place. Guitarist Tim McTague’s influence is also heard, most notably with a riff near the end of the song.
Much slower paced than “Illuminator”, “In Division” gives Spencer his chance to shine vocally. Chamberlains haunting voice and lyrics, “I’ve been living inside a hole/They’ve put me underground. Where they can never find me/Unless they dig me out,” are quite good, and really take control of the song. Vocals are clearly the centerpiece of this song, which is not always the case with Underoath. Chris Dudley seems to have taken a backseat with his keys though. To be honest, its probably for the best, as Spencer’s vocals achieve much of the same effect.
It is painfully clear that after both “Illuminator” and “In Division,” this will be the heaviest Underoath record yet. It also proves that it will be the most progressive effort the band has done, building on the success of 2008s Lost In The Sound Of Separation.
Ø (Disambiguation) will be released on November 9th through Solidstate/Tooth and Nail.