Underoath, Comeback Kid, the Chariot, This is Hell Prep Fall Tour

Story by Anne Erickson

Metal trek counts Underoath, Comeback Kid, the Chariot, This is Hell

Florida metal-core gentlemen Underoath commence their North American fall headlining tour next week, carrying along fellow Christian metal bands Comeback Kid, the Chariot and This is Hell. Underoath recently wrapped up a substantial summer tour, “The Illuminato[u]r,” with Times of Grace (featuring members of Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall), Stray from the Path and LetLive. This new trek promises to bring plenty of new tracks, as all of the bands have fresh, rousing material to share.

Underoath’s latest release, 2010’s Ø (Disambiguation), brings 11 tracks of fierce, self-assured and unified metal-core, with an attack that has the band firing on all cylinders. In its debut week, the album pushed over 20,000 copies and debuted No. 23 on the Billboard 200.

“We let down our guard on everything with this record and just trusted one another,” guitarist Timothy McTague said of the album. “We all wanted the same thing, no restraints. More than any other record we’ve made, this one came together more naturally. And ironically, we wound up with more melodic parts than ever before, but things weren’t so calculated.”

“It’s never been in my personal taste to have two people interchanging vocals, so I wrote my vocals on the album for just one,” added Spencer Chamberlain, who is now the sole vocalist for the band. “It sounds less forced to me, plus it’s in the same voice. I made a conscious effort to make it interconnected…  Now there are no rules. I have the full creative freedom to deliver the song, whether its singing or screaming, the way I want to.”

As for the rest of the lineup, This is Hell are currently readying their fourth studio album, Black Mass, which drops Oct. 11 on Rise Records. The band recorded Black Mass, which is the follow-up to 2010’s Weight of the World, at Killingsworth Studio in Valley Village, Calif., with producer, Tomas Costanza. The Chariot, which features former Norma Jean vocalist Josh Scogin, released their latest album, Long Live, in 2010 via Good Fight. Canadian hardcore band Comeback Kid’s current full-length, Symptoms + Cures, came out last year on Victory Records.

 




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