Following the loss of their original lead singer Dallas Taylor ("Act of Depression","Cries of The Past","The Changing of Times") Underoath aquired a new vocalist Spencer Chamberlain. This is the first album Underoath recorded with Spencer and his vocal talent really shines through. His voice tones sound more varied than his predecessors, giving him the edge over Dallas. Drummer Aaron Gillespie lends his voice to this album considerably more than in their previous releases. Unlike Spencer, Aaron sings the melodic parts of the songs making "They're Only Chasing Safety" a tad less heavy than their other albums which may upset die-hard fans. However if you listen to this album with a positive outlook then you are sure to enjoy it and appreaciate the new singer.
Musically, "They're Only Chasing Safety" is nothing to write home about although the melodic keyboard melodies (even though unoriginal nowadays) really shine through on certain songs.
Underoath are a Christian band which does affect their song lyrics. This particually shows through in "A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White" although unless for some reason you hate Christianity there is no reason why this song should be viewed any differently to the rest.
There are only 9 songs on the album (#5 is an interlude) but not one is lacking behind, it would have been worse if they had tried to cram 15 songs on and then half of them were not very good. Even though "They're Only Chasing Safety" has only 9 songs there really is something for everybody; ranging from the melodic ballad of "Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape" to the brutal "I Don't Feel Very Receptive Today". Fans of screamocore, metalcore and hardcore will enjoy!