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

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