--Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY, September 16, 2008
UNDERĜATH--whose last three albums count combined sales in excess of one million copies--have entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at #8 with over 56,000 copies sold of their much-anticipated LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION album, available in regular and special editions. Marking the top rock debut for this week, LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION also reached #1 on Billboard's Top Christian albums chart and #5 on the Top Digital albums chart with over 9,476 digital downloads its first week. The special edition version of LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION includes: 10-page booklet, 40-minute making-of DVD with never before seen footage as well as interviews with the band, producers Adam Dutkiewicz, Matt Goldman and mixer David Bendeth. Epic and intimate, brutal and beautiful, catapulting them far beyond their previous works the new album marks their fourth disc to be released on Seattle indie Tooth & Nail/Solid State Records.
By the end of September, LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION will also be released in at least 16 additional countries around the world including: Canada, U.K., Ireland, Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.
The Billboard chart debut comes on the heels of UNDERĜATH's 2006 gold-certified Define The Great Line. "We spent over two years working on this record," lead singer SPENCER CHAMBERLAIN explains. "We're really excited about how it turned out and can't wait to share it with everyone." By trusting their instincts, pushing their songcraft to the limit and meticulously perfecting it with Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) and Matt Goldman (Copeland, The Chariot), alongside the skilled mixing of veteran David Bendeth, LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION is an epic achievement.
MTV2 premiered UNDERĜATH's striking new video--with animation and stop-motion photography--for their first single "Desperate Times, Desperate Measures" on "You Rock The Deuce" and "Headbanger's Ball." The band appeared on Fuse's "Steven's Untitled Rock Show" last week for the full hour. To view a portion of the interview visit: http://www.fuse.tv/ontv/shows/stevens-untitled-rock-show/. Check out the video--directed by Walter Robot (Modest Mouse "Missed the Boat")--here: http://headbangersblog.mtv.com/2008/08/29/video-premiere-underoaths-desperate-times-desperate-measures/. Meanwhile, the single is set to impact Modern Rock and Active Rock radio beginning today (September 16).
UNDERĜATH--lead vocalist SPENCER CHAMBERLAIN, guitarist TIM MCTAGUE, bassist GRANT BRANDELL, drummer AARON GILLESPIE, keyboardist CHRISTOPHER DUDLEY and guitarist JAMES SMITH--have built one of the biggest metalcore followings in the world. And with LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION--a diverse musical display coupled with the input of six opinionated souls--the sky's the limit for UNDERĜATH.
Check out some of the early acclaim for LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION:
"...[LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION] the group's third album with its current lineup...sharp and sometimes frighteningly bleak."
--Jon Caramanica, NEW YORK TIMES, (September 4, 2008)
"Something to scream about...This metalcore band nearly imploded over frontman Spencer Chamberlain's substance-abuse problems, and its members put every bit of that turmoil into their fourth album [LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION]. Chamberlain's self-flagellating screams ('We will be the new ice age/We will be the new plague') make some of Separation as enjoyable as battling addiction, until drummer/second singer Aaron Gillespie's melodies break through like distant daylight, offering the possibility of hope and eventual redemption."
--Brian Mansfield, USA TODAY, September 2, 2008 (3-out-of-4 stars CD review)
"LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION is a stark, brutal record that once again pushes the band's creative boundaries while also showcasing the refinement that comes with age...With its lean song structures and 10-ton guitar riffs combined with Chamberlain's face-peeling vocals LOST...finds a way to push the envelope even further than Define The Great Line."
--Brendan Manley, ALTERNATIVE PRESS (COVER STORY, Fall Preview Issue, October 2008
"If one listen to 06's jarring Define the Great Line didn't prove this spiritualized sextet were bent on progressing, LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION will surely prove to the world--at least those who listen to their gospel-that UNDEROATH are one of the most powerful, passionate and creative bands in heavy music today. LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION is truly 2008's first perfect record, which is made all the more fascinating when it's realized that it was created out of the mistakes, shortcomings and misgivings of its members from throughout the past two years. Once again, UNDEROATH have elevated themselves to a level of their own."
--Scott Heisel, ALTERNATIVE PRESS (5-OUT-OF-5 CD REVIEW, September 2008)
"[The group's] renewed communication is audible throughout LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION, on which UNDEROATH balance both the brutal and the brainy sides of their sound like never before. The music is bruising but melodic, riff-based but full of complex instrumental textures."
--Mikael Wood, REVOLVER (Feature, October 2008)
"With LOST IN THE SEPARATION, Underoath have truly become heavy music's equivalent of Radiohead. Much like every hipster's favorite English band, Underoath's albums are equally enigmatic and atmospheric, transcending standard genre confines and venturing into rarely charted sonic territory. If 2006's Define The Great Line was Underoath's OK Computer-the record that broke the band to a mainstream audience-then LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION is Underoath's Kid A. In other words, even though it's a decided evolution from their last offering, LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION is a terse and haunting statement of a record that will affect fans for many years to come."
--Rick Florino, ARTISTDIRECT.COM (September 2, 2008)
UNDERĜATH is currently in midst of the world tour with sold-out shows in the U.S., Mexico City, Canada, U.K., Germany, Italy, South Africa and Australia. Catch UNDERĜATH this fall when they return to the U.S. for their major headlining nationwide tour which launches October 15 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. High profile U.S. stops include New York City's Terminal 5 (3,000 capacity) on Sunday, October 26 as well as Irvine, CA's Bren Events Center (5,000 capacity) on Saturday, November 15. Saosin, Devil Wears Prada, P.O.S., Person L and Famine will support the run. Look for more dates to be announced shortly as UNDERĜATH will tour throughout 2008 and 2009.
Current UNDERĜATH tour dates are as follows:
DATE CITY VENUE
Underoath European Headlining Tour
Fri 9/12 London, UK Astoria
Sat 9/13 Leeds, UK Cockpit
Sun 9/14 Portsmouth, UK Wedgewood Rooms
Tue 9/16 Berlin, Germany Kato
Wed 9/17 Köln, Germany Luxor
Fri 9/19 Roncade, Italy New Age Club
Sat 9/20 Cesena, Italy Vidia Club
Tue 9/23 Durbanville, SA The Barnyard Theatre
Wed 9/24 Umhlanga, SA The Wavehouse
Thu 9/25 Boksburg, SA Black Dahlia
Fri 9/26 Eikenhof, SA The Lido
Sat 9/27 Lonehill, SA The Rustic Theatre on Main
Underoath Australian Headlining Tour
Tue 9/30 Sydney, AUS UNSW Roundhouse
Wed 10/1 Melbourne, AUS Billboard
Thu 10/2 Brisbane, AUS The Arena
Sat 10/4 Honolulu, HI Pipeline Cafe
Underoath w/Saosin, The Devil Wears Prada and P.O.S.
Wed 10/15 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
Thu 10/16 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Fri 10/17 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Sat 10/18 Charlotte, NC Amo's Southend
Sun 10/19 Richmond, VA The National
Tue 10/21 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live!
Wed 10/22 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Thu 10/23 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
Fri 10/24 Worcester, MA Palladium
Sat 10/25 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Sun 10/26 New York, NY Terminal 5
Underoath w/Saosin, The Devil Wears Prada, and Person L
Tue 10/28 Rochester, NY West Street Music Hall
Wed 10/29 Cheswick, PA Gravity
Thu 10/30 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
Fri 10/31 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sat 11/1 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
Sun 11/2 Sauget, IL Pops
Tue 11/4 Milwaukee, WI The Rave Eagles Club
Wed 11/5 St. Paul, MN The Myth
Thu 11/6 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club
Fri 11/7 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
Sat 11/8 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
Underoath w/Saosin, The Devil Wears Prada, and The Famine
Mon 11/10 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
Tue 11/11 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
Thu 11/13 San Francisco, CA The Grand Ballroom
Sat 11/15 Irvine, CA UCI Bren Events Center
Tue 11/18 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
Wed 11/19 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
Thu 11/20 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
Sun 11/23 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theatre
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