This new Underoath album is shaping up to be a goddamn sidewinder. The first single from the metalcore vets' seventh full-length, Voyeurist, was a throwback rager called "Damn Excuses," and the following preview was a choir-assisted anthem called "Hallelujah" that boasted one of the catchiest hooks in their discography.
The record isn't out until early next year, but today (September 22nd) Underoath have shared another track from it called "Pneumonia" that takes things in yet another wildly different direction.
The song is a seven-minute scorcher that snakes through two distinct movements separated by a pregnant pause and rippling waves of distorted guitar. The first half of the song is moody and quietly eerie, but the latter side opens up with noisy guitar racket and ultimately boils over into a chugging sludge-metal freakout.
It's actually the closing song from Voyeurist, and compared to the previous two tastes we've heard from the album, it's by far the most experimental and forward-thinking. Listen above via YouTube.
"We started writing the song, randomly, on the anniversary of my dad's death, and to release it exactly a year from that day is wild," McTague commented. "I was in a funk and wanted to make something sad but felt drained. The song ended up becoming an audible journey of death and is called 'Pneumonia' because that is what was listed on my dad's death certificate.
"It's also the only song in the history of the band that Spencer and Aaron sat someone down and asked them (me) to help write some of the lyrics, which was truly an honor," he added.
Voyeurist will arrive January 14th via Fearless Records and can be pre-ordered here.