Transformed by the arrival of new drummer DANIEL DAVISON, formerly of Norma Jean, UNDEROATH--which also counts TIM MCTAGUE, SPENCER CHAMBERLAIN, GRANT BRANDELL, CHRIS DUDLEY and JAMES SMITH--has delivered an album that emphatically surpasses its predecessors in terms of craftsmanship and cohesion. If 2006’s Define The Great Line and 2008’s Lost In The Sound of Separation, both which debuted at #2 and #8 respectively on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, were significant accomplishments, Ø (disambiguation) is UNDEROATH’s new creative high watermark.
Be it the commanding opener, “In Division” – which balances the cathartic approach that has made UNDEROATH champions of hard music with an exhilarating melodic hook – or the expansive, inventive allure of “Catch Myself Catching Myself,” the Matt Goldman and Jeremy SH Griffith-produced Ø (disambiguation) asserts that the departure of longtime drummer/singer Aaron Gillespie hasn’t hurt the band. In fact, the line-up shift has instead strengthened the band’s resolve and liberated UNDEROATH.
The, the first offering from the band on Roadrunner, is an album that speaks for itself as it provides clarity about a band that has experienced its share of misinterpretation.
“We want this record to set the record straight and it will,” SPENCER concludes. “It’s presented exactly the way we want it. And when we play it live it will show that UNDEROATH is, as it always was, the sum of its parts. I couldn’t be more proud of this record and happier with where we are as a band.”
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