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

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