As I mentioned in my review for the recent Tooth and Nail Records release "A Fire So Big the Heavens Can See It" by Search the City, Underoath is one of the bands that has amassed quite an avid following.
The true turning point of this was with their 2004 release "They're Only Chasing Safety", which also marked the entrance of new lead singer Spencer Chamberlain. That release was more deeply rooted in the "screamo/metalcore" genres (that were spreading like wildfire at the time) than the heavier style they had exhibited previously.
This live CD/DVD offering, at least partially recorded in Dallas as the shout out to the crowd in "It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door" gives away, showcases songs from that album but also ones from their 2006 release "Define the Great Line." More of the tracks come from the newer release, which isn't a bad thing, but i definitely would have like to see "Reinventing Your Exit" and "I'm Content with Losing" included on here.
The sound quality (one of the biggest issues with a live disc) is excellent on this CD and DVD set, i give it a 10 out of 5, no joke. If you have seen some of the clips of their live performances, the sound is usually extremely garbled and the lyrics are totally unintelligible. Here the vocals are literally on par with their studio releases, and the instrumentals sound crisp and clear.
Alongside that, the video footage with its multiple angles and great clarity actually make this a great concert to watch as well, unlike their previous DVD release "777" or the DVD packaged with the rerelease of "They're Only Chasing Safety". Those DVDs did not focus on the live performances as much as just candid moments with the band.
If you haven't seen Underoath live and want to, definitely pick this up. If you want a great live CD/DVD from the band, pick this up. And finally, if you have never heard of them and want to see what all the fuss is about, this will also do the trick. Just be warned that even though this is labeled as Christian music, it's not your parent's favorite Sunday choir on stage ;)
Tracks You Must Hear:
You're Ever So Inviting (Track 4)
Young and Aspiring (Track 7)
Moving for the Sake of Motion (Track 11)
A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White (Track 12)
Recommended if You Like:
Atreyu, Norma Jean, The Used
By the way, the price for this is an awesome deal from Amazon.com for only $9.99 for the CD/DVD set.