Since 2008, from the outside it seemed like Tonight Alive were living every band’s dream: they were signed to a major label, released a trio of successful albums – including two ARIA
Top 10 hits – and years of relentless touring saw the Sydneysiders become a force on the global music scene.
Underworld, the cathartic new album from Tonight Alive, is an honest representation of what has happened to the band in the past year. The band’s most organic album yet, Underworld is a raw and real insight to a band reconnecting with their authentic selves.
As a body of work, Underworld is a pure expression of who Tonight Alive are at this point in their lives. An emotional journey of the underworld we all have within us, the band artfully blended their last four albums and channeled them into a clear sound with a renewed focus on driving heavy guitars and drums with honest lyrics that see McDougall dissect her darkness to get a deeper understanding of who she really is. Songs like Temple and Disappear – featuring guest vocals from Lynn Gunn (PVRIS) – wrestle with pain and the sickness that follows, while For You and Crack My Heart sees McDougall sing about love for the first time in some years. The album culminates in McDougall finding peace in My Underworld, a stirring duet featuring Slipknot / Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor.
At its heart, Underworld is Tonight Alive letting their love of music bleed into their songs again, even if the journey to get there was painful.