Think that words like “hardcore,” “heavy metal,” and “metalcore” can’t describe a Christian band? Think again. Underoath spent from 1999 to 2013 doing exactly that, making them one of the iconic bands on the Christian music scene and the metal scene alike. Spencer Chamberlain (vocals), Daniel Davison (drums),Timothy McTague (guitar), James Smith (guitar), Grant Brandell (bass), and Christopher Dudley (keyboards) teamed up to create a band that always believed that the sky was the limit—and proved it to the music world.
Underoath was never a traditional Christian band. Christianity isn’t a show that they put on; it’s just who they are. It’s the backbone of the band members. It’s the way that they handle the issues that rise up when they’re on tour, in their personal lives, no matter what else is going on. It’s the way they live—but it’s not the basis for every single set of lyrics. They don’t feel it necessary to preach through their music. Rather, they sing about their lives just like any other band—they just do it with a refreshing honesty and lyrics that are clean enough that there’s no problem with the kids singing along. In general, while Underoath tends to be labeled as a Christian band, its members consider themselves Christians who happen to play in a heavy metal band.
Underoath’s albums include Act of Depression (1999), Cries of the Past (2000), The Changing of Times (2002), They’re Only Chasing Safety (2004), Define the Great Line (2006), Lost in the Sound of Separation (2008), and Ø (Disambiguation) (2010). Anthology: 1999-2013 was released in 2012 as the band announced its breakup and separation. They embarked on their final tour and had their final performance together in January 2013. However, that didn’t meant that they were going to hang up their musical hats altogether. Members of Underoath are still performing music and performing it well. Spencer Chamberlain, who was formerly the lead singer for Underoath, recently announced the release of his album Broken Compass with Sleepwave.