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

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