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

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