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Since their inception, Florida's Underøath have evolved from a run-of-the-mill Christian metalcore band into a fluid, dynamic, and energized rock group that adeptly blends emotive melody, charged punk rock rhythms, and a chunky, engaging bottom end. Underøath formed in 1998 in vocalist Dallas Taylor's bedroom. Within a year, the group -- with guitarist Tim McTague, drummer Aaron Gillespie, and keyboardist Christopher Dudley -- had inked a deal with Alabama's Takehold record label. In July 1999, Underøath released the six-song Act of Depression CD, which sold over 2,000 copies. The five-song Cries of the Past followed a year later, selling over 3,000 copies. In 2002, Takehold licensed all of its bands and releases to Seattle's Tooth & Nail/Solid State label. Underøath hit the studio and recorded the ten songs that would comprise their first album under the new partnership, appropriately titled The Changing of Times. Taylor abruptly left the group in the middle of 2003's Warped Tour, leaving distressed fans contemplating the band's uncertain future. Underøath -- which also included bassist Grant Brandell and guitarist James Smith -- continued on, however, enlisting ex-This Runs Through member Spencer Chamberlain as their new vocalist. A year later, the new lineup released They're Only Chasing Safety and supported it on the road with bands like Thrice, the Bled, Hopesfall, and Fear Before the March of Flames. A special edition of the album was next released in fall 2005 that included four bonus tracks; touring continued with a spring 2006 headlining tour alongside Poison the Well, As Cities Burn, and others. Deciding to stick with Tooth & Nail instead of jumping to a major label, the sextet showcased substantial growth and maturity on its next effort, Define the Great Line, issued in June 2006. A heavier, more emotional album than the breakout success of 2004's Chasing Safety, the record sold close to 100,000 copies in just its first week of release and was certified gold by the year's end. Embraced by fans and critics alike and considered the band's masterpiece by many, the group supported it on Warped's main stage that summer. But with a month of dates remaining, tensions within Underøath's ranks suddenly came to a head, causing them to drop off the traveling festival. Rumors swirled of their impending breakup, but the guys remained adamant that a much-needed break was merely due to sort things out. They proved themselves by returning in 2006 with Define the Great Line. Climbing all the way to number two, the album became the highest-charting Christian album on the Billboard 200 since 1997 when LeAnn Rimes took the number one spot with You Light Up My Life. Underøath returned to the studio in 2008 for Lost in the Sound of Separation, an 11-song behemoth of a record that saw the group adopt a darker, more experimental (yet still undeniably heavy) sound. In 2009 drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie left the group, and was replaced by ex-Norma Jean drummer Daniel Davison. Ø (Disambiguation), the group's seventh full-length recording, arrived the following year. ~ Ryan J. Downey
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  2.   Reinventing Your Exit
  3.   Desperate Times Desperate Measures
  4.   When the Sun Sleeps
  5.   In Division
  6.   In Regards to Myself
  7.   A Fault Line, A Fault of Mine
  8.   Sunburnt
  9.   You're Ever So Inviting
  10.   Too Bright to See, Too Loud to Hear
  11.   Illuminator
  12.   Breathing in a New Mentality
  13.   A Boy Brushed Redàliving in Black and White
  14.   Writing on the Walls
  15.   It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door
  16.   Unsound
  17.   Reversal
  18.   A Message for Adrienne
  19.   Moving for the Sake of Motion
  20.   Down, Set, Go
  21.   I'm Content with Losing
  22.   Heart of Stone
  23.   Starflyer 59 Commentary
  24.   In Completion
  25.   Driftwood
  26.   Walking Away
  27.   Cries of the Past
  28.   To Whom It May Concern
  29.   A Moment Suspended in Time
  30.   Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape
  31.   Never Meant to Break Your Heart
  32.   Discover America Commentary
  33.   Angel Below
  34.   Norma Jean Commentary
  35.   Zao Commentary
  36.   My Deteriorating Incline
  37.   Catch Myself Catching Myself
  38.   Desolate Earth: The End Is Here
  39.   The Created Void
  40.   Casting Such a Thin Shadow
  41.   Returning Empty Handed
  42.   I've Got Ten Friends and a Crowbar That Says You Ain't Gonna Do Jack
  43.   Wrapped Around Your Finger
  44.   I Don't Feel Very Receptive Today
  45.   The Blue Note
  46.   Young and Aspiring
  47.   Alone in December
  48.   The Best of Me
  49.   Letting Go of Tonight
  50.   Burden in Your Hands
  51.   Beloved Commentary
  52.   Twothirtyeight Commentary
  53.   Vacant Mouth
  54.   Paper Lung
  55.   We Are the Involuntary
  56.   Emergency Broadcast: The End Is Near
  57.   Anyone Can Dig a Hole But It Takes a Real Man to Call It Home
  58.   The Last
  59.   Giving Up Hurts the Most
  60.   And I Dreamt of You
  61.   Everyone Looks So Good from Here
  62.   Salmarnir
  63.   The Impact of Reason
  64.   The Changing of Times
  65.   Short of Daybreak
  66.   A Love So Pure
  67.   The Only Survivor Was Miraculously Unharmed
  68.   Watch Me Die
  69.   Yule Be Sorry
  70.   Mewithoutyou Commentary
  71.   Sullivan Commentary
  72.   A Divine Eradication
  73.   There Could Be Nothing After This
  74.   Coming Down Is Calming Down
  75.   Innocence Stolen
  76.   814 Stops Today
  77.   Spitfire Commentary
  78.   Act of Depression
  79.   Who Will Guard the Guardians
  80.   As Cities Burn Commentary

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