Act of Depression

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Act of Depression
Studio album by Underoath

July 4, 1999[1]

August 20, 2013 (reissue) [2]
Recorded March 1999 at Audiolab Studios, Tampa, Florida[3]
Genre Christian metal, metalcore, death metal,[4][5] black metal[1][5]
Length 55:55
Label Takehold, Solid State (reissue)
Producer James Paul Wisner
Underoath chronology
Act of Depression
Cries of the Past
Music sample
Excerpt of the song "Act of Depression"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Alternative Press 2/5 stars[4]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3/5 stars[1]

Act of Depression is the debut album by Underoath. Released July 4, 1999, through Takehold Records, the album was out of print for some time as there were only 2,000 copies originally released. Solid State reissued this album alongside Cries of the Past on August 20, 2013. [6]

Musical content and style[edit]

The style of this album has been described as hard hitting Christian metal, stylistically featuring a mix of metalcore, death metal, and black metal.[6][7][4]

The hidden track "Spirit of a Living God" begins with commentary by lead guitarist Corey Steger speaking about his description about God, talks about receiving Jesus Christ and that he dedicates the album to those that were victims to rape, suicide and depression. It features drummer Aaron Gillespie in the background of the commentary singing along with an acoustic guitar. It later leads to the song itself which is an acoustic rock song that features singing vocals by Gillespie.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Heart of Stone"   5:50
2. "A Love So Pure"   10:39
3. "Burden in Your Hands"   6:28
4. "Innocence Stolen"   6:35
5. "Act of Depression"   10:23
6. "Watch Me Die"   6:56
7. "Spirit of a Living God" (hidden track – sometimes credited as "Praise") 9:08
Total length:


  • Produced by James Paul Wisner


  1. ^ a b c Powless, Steven (November 29, 2011). "Underoath, 'Act of Depression' Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
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  3. ^ a b "Underoath – Act of Depression (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Boland, Casey (July 4, 1999). "Home Reviews Underoath - Act of Depression". Alternative Press. 
  5. ^ a b Gramlich, Chris (May 2002). "Underoath - The Changing of Times". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 976. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.