Underoath Song Premiere: 'Sunburnt'


Instead of burning out or fading away, metalcore act Underoath is quitting while it's ahead. After a decade and a half, the Tampa, Fla., band announced Oct. 2 that it's disbanding. But before they go, the group will release a retrospective album, "Anthology 1999-2013" on Nov. 6," and Billboard here exclusively debuts album track "Sunburnt," one of band's last new tunes.

"Sunburnt," one of two new tracks on the collection, has the sound of a slice of vintage Underoath. Careening between abrupt flashes of metal and melody, as well as screamed vocals and traditional singing, "Sunburnt" bursts with raw energy and grit, leaving another favorable imprint on the band's legacy.

In the course of accruing a sizable fan base, Underoath, which has gone through a number of lineup changes since its inception, also attracted its share of attention because of its style - often labeled "screamo," and its identification as a Christian band early in its career. The band broke through commercially with 2004's "They're Only Chasing Safety" and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2006 with "Define the Great Line." Both of those albums went gold, and the band notched a second top 10 album, 2008's "Lost in the Sound of Separation."

"Anthology" isn't the band's only parting gesture capping its long career. Underoath will also do a farewell tour of the U.S.. The trek, which features Mewithoutyou, As Cities Burn and Letlive as support acts, begins January 13 in Worchester, Mass. and wraps January 26 in Tampa, Fla.

"It's sad to say that we feel like its time to close this chapter, but we have never seen things more clearly," singer Spencer Chamberlain explained when Underoath announced its break up.