Tonight Alive – ‘Underworld’ (Hopeless Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Allan Maxwell   
Friday, 12 January 2018 04:00

Tonight Alive artworkBack in October 2011 a relatively unknown band from Sydney, Australia released their debut studio album ‘What Are You Scared Of?’ This album was to be the start of something special as Tonight Alive were setting up to take over where Paramore left off after the Farro brothers quit the band. The album was full of pop punk angst ridden tracks which were seriously promising. As the years progressed and they released ‘The Other Side’ in 2013 and ‘Limitless’ in 2016, they eventually evolved and lost the “punk” part of their sound. In no way did they lose their songwriting skills, and McDougall's lyrics are up there with the best at times. Needless to say, when I received the latest instalment ‘Underworld’, I had mixed feelings of what to expect.


‘Underworld’ is made up of 13 songs filled with deeply personal lyrics from vocalist Jenna McDougall in which she dissects the darker feelings she has harboured over the years with her personal battles with depression, as she herself explains: “I named it [‘Underworld’] because it reflects the ugly parts of me that I wasn't ready to see until now”.


Whilst Tonight Alive have stayed with the more electronic sound that they have swayed towards, they have regained a little more of a rock edge in this latest offering which is a welcome return. The record also features a couple of guest vocalists in the mix. ‘Disappear’ features the stunning vocals or PVRIS front woman Lynn Gunn. The second guest vocalist is none other than Corey Taylor (Slipknot / Stone Sour) on ‘My Underworld’. Taylor seems to have a unique ability to fit in with whatever artist he is singing alongside and closes the album with one of the highlight tracks.


Overall the album, whilst not a return to form for the Aussies, it is a step in the right direction. its faultless song writing and impeccable vocals make for a pleasant listening experience. The album will be set to do well in the charts and will definitely see the band progress, which is great to see as even though it is verging on the border of a pop album, it is a sure fire perfect album to convert little teeny poppers over to the dark side of rock ‘n’ roll.


‘Underworld’ is released today (Friday 12 January). You can get your copy HERE.


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