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