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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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  1.   Song
  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.   Too Bright to See, Too Loud to Hear
  10.   Illuminator
  11.   Breathing in a New Mentality
  12.   A Boy Brushed Redàliving in Black and White
  13.   Writing on the Walls
  14.   Reversal
  15.   It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door
  16.   Spitfire Commentary
  17.   The Created Void
  18.   Moving for the Sake of Motion
  19.   You're Ever So Inviting
  20.   Young and Aspiring
  21.   Anyone Can Dig a Hole But It Takes a Real Man to Call It Home
  22.   I'm Content with Losing
  23.   Unsound
  24.   Short of Daybreak
  25.   In Completion
  26.   We Are the Involuntary
  27.   To Whom It May Concern
  28.   Casting Such a Thin Shadow
  29.   A Moment Suspended in Time
  30.   I've Got Ten Friends and a Crowbar That Says You Ain't Gonna Do Jack
  31.   Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape
  32.   Down, Set, Go
  33.   The Blue Note
  34.   Everyone Looks So Good from Here
  35.   A Message for Adrienne
  36.   Act of Depression
  37.   Burden in Your Hands
  38.   Mewithoutyou Commentary
  39.   Sullivan Commentary
  40.   Paper Lung
  41.   Catch Myself Catching Myself
  42.   A Divine Eradication
  43.   Desolate Earth: The End Is Here
  44.   Coming Down Is Calming Down
  45.   Emergency Broadcast: The End Is Near
  46.   Giving Up Hurts the Most
  47.   And I Dreamt of You
  48.   Cries of the Past
  49.   Wrapped Around Your Finger
  50.   I Don't Feel Very Receptive Today
  51.   Alone in December
  52.   The Best of Me
  53.   The Impact of Reason
  54.   A Love So Pure
  55.   As Cities Burn Commentary
  56.   Beloved Commentary
  57.   Zao Commentary
  58.   The Only Survivor Was Miraculously Unharmed
  59.   The Last
  60.   Returning Empty Handed
  61.   There Could Be Nothing After This
  62.   Letting Go of Tonight
  63.   Heart of Stone
  64.   The Changing of Times
  65.   Discover America Commentary
  66.   Never Meant to Break Your Heart
  67.   Watch Me Die
  68.   Innocence Stolen
  69.   Norma Jean Commentary
  70.   Who Will Guard the Guardians
  71.   Vacant Mouth
  72.   My Deteriorating Incline
  73.   Driftwood
  74.   Salmarnir
  75.   Angel Below
  76.   814 Stops Today
  77.   Walking Away
  78.   Twothirtyeight Commentary
  79.   Yule Be Sorry
  80.   Starflyer 59 Commentary

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