UNDERØATH formed in 1997, in their home town in Florida. At the time, the now only original member, drummer Aaron Gillespie, was only in his mid-teens. Originally fronted by Dallas Taylor (now of Maylene & the Sons Of Disaster), UNDERØATH began as a death metal outfit. With Dallas Taylor, they released three albums: Act of Depression, Cries of the Past, and The Changing of Times.
Many credit UNDERØATH starting the Screamo movement, combining less down-tuned guitars, sing/scream vocals trade offs, and synths (a sound they began using with the release of The Changing Of Times). Dallas Taylor left UNDERØATH after the release of The Changing Of Times, and was replaced by Spencer Chamberlain, who still fronts the band.
UNDERØATH, whose last three albums count combined sales in excess of one million copies, has worked diligently to reach this creative apex while building what may be the biggest metalcore following in the world. Through incessant touring and with a reputation for unrelentingly intense live shows, chronicled to perfection on the 2008 concert disc and DVD "Survive, Kaleidoscope," Underoath has forged an unbreakable bond with its fans.
That allegiance earned UNDERØATH a startling #2 debut for Define The Great Line on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart with first week sales exceeding 98,000 copies. That marks the highest chart debut for a Tooth & Nail artist. On top of that, UNDERØATH earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Short Form Music Video” for the surrealistic video for the album’s lead single “Writing On The Walls.”
Critical acclaim for its thrilling mix of mayhem and melody, catharsis and experimentation came from both music and mainstream press alike. Alternative Press called Define The Great Line “transcendent.” The Los Angeles Times took note of how “the album delves into new sonic territory, exploring phasing and untried guitar sounds…” And USA Today was unbridled in its praise of how “…singer Spencer Chamberlain howls against jagged riffs and rhythms that shift so suddenly he sounds like he’s walking an active fault line.”
For the six men in UNDERØATH, whose members have evolved and thrived during a decade-long progression that has elevated them into one of heavy music’s biggest successes, change has been ubiquitous. 2010 has been no exception for the Tampa-based sextet, who underwent and overcame what many consider their most significant line-up alteration yet. Yet in doing so, UNDEROATH experienced an artistic rebirth.
UNDERØATH formed an indelible bond with their massive fan base through relentless touring in front of sellout audiences on six continents, as well as the early adoption and mastery of social networking that helped bridge the divide between band and fan – resulting in the band becoming one of the first with 1 million ‘likes’ on Facebook as well as a tally of more than 70 million plays on MySpace.
The Tampa, Florida-based group released seven acclaimed albums in total – including the Gold-certified mid-2000s releases They’re Only Chasing Safety and Define the Great Line – that collectively yielded several groundbreaking videos, Grammy and Dove Award nominations and total sales in excess of 1.3 million units.
On the road to becoming one of hard rock’s biggest success stories, UNDERØATH created a deep and enduring culture surrounding its music and message and became that rarest of things in the music world: a band that actually meant something, to millions of fans around the globe.
In 2012, the band announced their end:
“It’s sad to say that we feel like it’s time to close this chapter, but we have never seen things more clearly,” says vocalist Spencer Chamberlain. “These have been the best years of my entire life, and I owe that to every single person who ever supported this band along the way. This wasn’t a quick decision by any means. It’s just time for us to move on.”
“Over the past decade or so of our lives, we have been able to live a dream traveling the world, playing music that excites us, and meeting more amazing people than we could have ever fathomed,” says keyboardist Chris Dudley. “This couldn’t be a more bittersweet moment for us. We have accomplished more, met more friends, seen more places and have just done more than we could have ever imagined, and we really wanted to just go out on the highest note possible. That’s why we have put together a group of great friends and musicians for what will be our final tour ever. We are taking every moment of this tour as an opportunity to say goodbye to you all, as well as celebrate what has taken place over all these years. The love we have and the debt of gratitude that we owe to all of you is not able to be measured in any way.”
“We don’t take this very lightly and it’s heartbreaking for all of us,” Chamberlain says of the band’s announcement, “but all good things must come to an end. We love all of you and hope to see you again soon.”
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|Act of Depression||1999||Takehold Records|
|Cries Of The Past||2000||Wisner Productions|
|The Changing of Times||2002||Solid State Records|
|They're Only Chasing Safety||2004||Solid State Records|
|Define the Great Line||2006||Solid State Records|
|Survive, Kaleidoscope||2008||Solid State Records|
|Lost in the Sound of Separation||2008||Solid State Records|
|Live At Koko||2010||Solid State Records|
|Disambiguation||2010||Solid State Records|