Underoath split: “It’s heartbreaking for all of us”

After a series of lineup changes Floridian metalcore crew Underoath have split up ending their seven album, fifteen-year career.

Underoath will sign off with a career retrospective album Anthology 1999-2013, which will include two new tracks ‘Sunburnt’ and ‘Unsound’, and will announce details of a 2013 farewell tour next week. Their last album 2010’s Ø (Disambiguation) was their first LP recorded without any of the band’s original members following the departure of founding member, drummer and vocalist Aaron Gillespie.

Breaking the news to fans, lead vocalist Spencer Chamberlain says that the decision was “heartbreaking for all of us but all good things must come to an end.” Chamberlain says that the decision wasn’t a quick one but the band members feel that it’s time to move on. “It’s sad to say that we feel like it’s time to close this chapter, but we have never seen things more clearly,” he explained. Keyboardist Chris Dudley says that this is a “bittersweet moment” for the band and stressed that the group “really wanted to just go out on the highest note possible”.

Regular Australian visitors, Underoath were part of the Taste of Chaos lineup in 2006 with Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, Anti-Flag, Parkway Drive and returned for headline tours in 2007 and 2008 and a visit supporting A day To Remember last year. Underoath also graced the Soundwave Festival lineup twice joining the bill in 2009 and earlier this year.