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April 22, 2009

Currently in the midst of their fourth international tour since last fall, UNDEROATH have announced the MySpace global premiere of the video for “Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear,” the compelling new single off their acclaimed fourth studio album LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION (Tooth & Nail/Solid State). The group’s most accessible single to date, “Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear” will hit Alternative and Rock radio in early June.

In a recent live review, the Orange County Register noted of the standout song:

"’Too Bright to See, Too Loud to Hear’" showed why the group has moved far ahead of its metal peers. Armed with soaring instrumentals you'd expect from someone like Explosions in the Sky, combined with epic gang vocals and hand claps, Underoath makes clear that this is not a typical band. Not only does it know how to headbang but this is also a group of acute musicians, and that talent is what stood out the most” (Jonathan Bautts, 11/16/08).

For the striking clip, UNDEROATH re-teamed with the Swedish production team Popcore Films--with whom the band received a Grammy nomination for “Best Short Form Video” for the song “Writing on the Walls.” To watch the video--created in the pseudo-Victorian steampunk style--click here: The clip, which has now logged over 100,000 views in the first 24 hours; is receiving major MySpace placement across the globe including Sweden, Brazil, Russia, India, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.

“We knew we wanted to do something unique because we’ve never had a song like this before,“ explains MCTAGUE of the muted track with electronic touches. “We talked to our good friends from Sweden and decided to try something new. This is our fifth video with Popcore, so we felt confident in our communication, and direction; they couldn't have done a better job in our opinion."

After a fall U.S. headlining tour last fall which averaged an over 90% sell-out rate, UNDEROATH have wrapped hugely successful sold-out shows in over ten countries around the globe--U.S., U.K., Mexico, Canada, Italy, Germany, South Africa, France, Belgium, and Sweden—and performed their first-ever tours of South and Central America; they also had headlining spots on the Soundwave (Australia) and Give It A Name (Europe) festivals this spring. In June, UNDEROATH will perform all summer long on the main stage of the Vans Warped Tour. The 2009 trek marks the group’s sixth outing on the annual punk rock extravaganza and their fourth run as a headlining act on the tour which celebrates its 15th anniversary this summer. The 46-date trek commences June 26 in Pomona, CA and finishes August 23 in Carson, CA (see the full list of tour dates, cities and venues below).

UNDEROATH--whose last three albums count combined sales in excess of one million copies-- released their fourth album LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION on Seattle indie Tooth & Nail/Solid State. The disc marked the top rock debut for the week and entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at #8, #1 on the Top Christian albums chart and #5 on the Top Digital albums chart, with over 9,476 digital downloads sold its first week alone.

UNDEROATH--lead vocalist SPENCER CHAMBERLAIN, guitarist TIM MCTAGUE, bassist GRANT BRANDELL, drummer AARON GILLESPIE, keyboardist CHRISTOPHER DUDLEY and guitarist JAMES SMITH--continue to garner new fans and widespread critical acclaim for LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION as well as their powerful live performances. Check out more critical soundbites for UNDEROATH:

"The high point comes on track 10, 'Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear,' an epic rock song that couples an incredibly dark lyric with an incredibly light melody to create a beautiful hum that sits over a backbone that is part U2, part Radiohead and part something else entirely. It's a moment of magic." --Andrew Kelham, ROCK SOUND, September 2008 (UK, 8-OUT-OF-10 CD REVIEW)

“They even unveil moments of beauty untouched by screaming or roar, such as the penultimate track, ‘Too Bright To See, Too Loud to Hear,’ with its dreamy shimmer, handclaps and choir.” --Chris Parker, HOUSTON PRESS, November 20

"Underoath's new album, LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION, is like one 43-minute-long roller-coaster ride: a vertiginous plunge through obsessively layered cacophony, complete with chaotic and sudden shifts of direction. [Tim] McTague and co-guitarist James Smith flail valiantly in the midst of the metalcore mayhem. ...But LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION ventures even further afield than that: it actually contains some slow songs. 'Too Bright to See Too Loud to Hear' veers close to ballad territory, and 'Desolate Earth: The End Is Here' closes the album on a somber, meditative instrumental note that is rarely, if ever, heard in metalcore." --Alan DiPerna, GUITAR WORLD, December 2008

"...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, September 2008 (5-OUT-OF-5 REVIEW)

"Unrelenting and often harrowing, Underoath's newest [LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION] is filled with the band's characteristic bone-crunching riffs and a reduced role from drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie, allowing frontman Spencer Chamberlain's guttural howls to take command...Chamberlain trades his screams for sung parts on 'Too Bright to See, Too Loud to Hear,' and the sparse, electronic-based closer 'Desolate Earth: The End Is Here' is largely instrumental except for a few lines...Underoath has made definitive strides at progression without abandoning its muscular, broad-shouldered hardcore." --Evan Lucy, BILLBOARD, September 6, 2008 (CD REVIEW)

"After achieving definitive success with Define the Great Line, the metalcore outfit return with their much anticipated sixth studio album. Highlights include first single 'Desperate Times, Desperate Measures,' which holds onto that familiar Underoath sound and thundering ballad 'Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear' which is quite possibly the most impressive and musically advanced song of theirs to date." --Jen Walker, BIG CHEESE (National, monthly music; U.K., October 2008)

"'Desperate Times, Desperate Measures,' Underoath: Dual guitars tangle and tango in the forceful first single from LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION." --Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY, September 16, 2008

"...[LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION] the group's third album with its current and sometimes frighteningly bleak." --Jon Caramanica, NEW YORK TIMES, September 4, 2008

"...impressively savage." --TIME OUT NEW YORK, August 28, 2008

"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, October 2008

"...Yet in a further demonstration of their emotive power, the record concludes with back-to-back tracks steeped in tragic solemnity-'Too Bright To See, To Loud To Hear' and 'Desolate Earth: The End Is Here'-and it's hard to shake off the melancholy hangover that lingers long after the speaks have fallen quiet.” --Dan Slessor, KERRANG! (5-out-of-5 review), September 18, 2008

"...the riveting 'A Fault Line, A Fault of Mine' and 'Emergency Broadcast: The End Is Near,' two slightly experimental, highly melodic cuts make that four, as 'Too Bright to See Too Loud to Hear' and near-instrumental closer 'Desolate Earth: The End Is Near' are mini-masterpieces of hope and anguish that not only signal growth for the Florida ensemble, but deliver on the dark promises that haunted Define the Great Line, exposing a more mature, post-apocalyptic nightmare that manages to give equal time to both loss and redemption, declaring allegiance to neither. " --James Christopher Monger, ALL MUSIC GUIDE, September 2008

"With LOST IN THE SOUND OF 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, ARTIST DIRECT.COM, September 2, 2008

Catch UNDEROATH on the road in the following cities:

Date City Venue

Headlining European tour
Tue 4/21 Copenhagen, Denmark The Rock
Wed 4/22 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
Thu 4/23 Gothenburg, Sweden Brewhouse

Vans Warped Tour 2009 Main Stage
Fri 6/26 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
Sat 6/27 San Francisco, CA Pier 30/32
Sun 6/28 Ventura, CA Seaside Park
Tue 6/30 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Wed 7/1 Las Cruces, NM NMSU Practice Field
Thu 7/2 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Fri 7/3 Houston, TX The Showgrounds @ Sam Houston Race Park

Cornerstone Festival
Sat 7/4 Bushnell, IL Cornerstone Festival

Vans Warped Tour 2009 Main Stage
Sun 7/5 Dallas, TX Center
Tue 7/7 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Wed 7/8 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
Thu 7/9 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
Fri 7/10 Toronto, ON Arrow Hall
Sat 7/11 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau
Sun 7/12 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
Tue 7/14 Washington, DC Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wed 7/15 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Thu 7/16 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Fri 7/17 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 7/18 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Sun 7/19 Oceanport, NJ Monmouth Park Racetrack
Tue 7/21 Boston, MA Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Wed 7/22 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Thu 7/23 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 7/24 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
Sat 7/25 Miami, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Sun 7/26 Tampa, FL Vinoy Park
Tue 7/28 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
Wed 7/29 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Thu 7/30 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
Fri 7/31 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
Sat 8/1 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun 8/2 Minneapolis, MN Canterbury Park
Mon 8/3 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Tue 8/4 Kansas City, MO Sandstone Amphitheatre
Fri 8/7 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Sat 8/8 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairgrounds
Sun 8/9 Denver, CO Invesco Field
Wed 8/12 Calgary, AB Race City Speedway
Fri 8/14 Vancouver, BC Thunderbird Stadium
Sat 8/15 Seattle, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Sun 8/16 Portland, OR Washington County Fairgrounds
Wed 8/19 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Thu 8/20 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Fri 8/21 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat 8/22 San Diego, CA Cricket Amphitheatre
Sun 8/23 Los Angeles, CA Home Depot Center


For more information on Underoath, visit the JFH Artists Database.



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