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