Posted Aug 17th, 2015 (5:30 pm) by Jess Marsh
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College bars get nervous, as newly minted 21 year-olds pour out their PBR's and return to their "straight edge lifestyle."

After weeks of melodramatic teasers, Aaron Gillespie and Spencer Chamberlain confirmed in an interview with Alternative Press that the defunct band will in fact be reuniting for this year's Self-Help Fest, in San Bernardino, California. This news left a number of tear stained side-fringes in its wake, as fans learned that the band would not be announcing a tour date in their hometown.

Posted by Underoath on Friday, July 31, 2015

Underoath, as one of the most well-known acts in the beloved "Christian Metal" subgenre, found fame in catering to the children of conservative parents that steered them away from the devil's music, by providing them with a watered-down, PG sampling of metalcore. This lead to a decent number of record sales, two Grammy nods, and a legacy, for whatever reason, of being the gateway drug to heavy music for a number of angsty teens. The band called it quits in 2013, leaving legions of fans to seek out music that might make Jesus cry, inevitably leading to the downfall of the nation's morality.

These days, the band (oh so shockingly) tries to soften their Christian views that were so imperative to them just a few years back. Gillespie, who now drums for the very heavy, extreme metal band Paramore, said in the interview: "My personal belief is that I don’t think it’s right for Underoath to put a label on what it is. It’s something separately to each one of us and I think it’s something separate to every single person who bought those records. For some people, it is a Christian thing and for some it isn’t. There are definitely Christian themes in our music, but we all have different belief systems now. That’s not to say any of us believe in sacrificing goats under a tree. I’m definitely a Christian, but I don’t think Underoath should be a “Christian band.”

While there are no immediate plans for new music, future tour dates, or anything worth anyone's time, Chamberlain does anticipate that they will be playing the timeless classic Define The Great Line, in its entirety, just in time for the album's ten year anniversary.

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