Arts and Entertainment

Underoath at NorVa

September 18 2024

7:50 p.m.
NorVa 317 Monitcello Ave., Norfolk, VA
They’re Only Chasing Safety 20th Anniversary Tour
With Static Dress
UNDEROATH reinvents the balance between chaos and harmony with each successive release. Their compositions, conjured from creative tension, become iconoclastic anthems. Even when the band almost combusts, the crackling energy coalesces into something deeply resonant for millions. Each time they have a chance to do something safe, Underoath challenges themselves instead, with integrity and attitude. Their pair of gold albums and three Grammy nominations stand in stark defiance of the idea of commercial compromise. The Underoath catalog weaponizes noise, aggression, and ambiance as skillfully as melody. The combination of heaviness and headiness found on Define the Great Line makes it the only record of its kind to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
The passion and power are as undeniable on tours with Alice In Chains or Bring Me The Horizon as they are in the sweatiest of intimate shows or their genre-redefining runs on Vans Warped Tour. Erase Me (2018) reintroduced Underoath to the world with straightforward riffs and melodies. It’s an almost uplifting album, though not devoid of the confessional desperation powering their songs. The band described Voyeurist (2022) as “high-def violence.” Placing it among the Top 25 Albums of 2022, alongside records from Slipknot, Ghost, and Meshuggah, Revolver called it “brilliantly unhinged.”
The heart of their sound, which delivers naked vulnerability with thrilling force and cinematic lushness, can be heard in generations of bands who’ve pursued their trail. But Underoath refuses to sit still. A provocative and inspiring musical missive, “LET GO” ushers in a new era for the band.
Walking an artistic tightrope between immersive access and isolationist otherness, Underoath owns the space between huge choruses and forward-thinking heaviness, both on record and onstage. living up to the high expectations that fans (and themselves) have come to expect for anything associated with the project. It will undoubtedly be something special to witness as this next chapter in the Underoath story manifests.

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