Ø (Disambiguation)

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Ø (Disambiguation)
Studio album by Underoath
Released November 9, 2010 (2010-11-09)
Recorded May–July 2010 at Glow in the Dark Studios, Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Metalcore, sludge metal,[1] post-hardcore[2]
Length 38:42
Label Tooth & Nail, Roadrunner
Producer Matt Goldman, Jeremy S.H. Griffith
Underoath chronology
Lost in the Sound of Separation
(2008)
Ø (Disambiguation)
(2010)
Play Your Old Stuff
(2011)
Singles from Ø (Disambiguation)
  1. "In Division"
    Released: November 2, 2010 (2010-11-02)
  2. "Paper Lung"
    Released: April 25, 2011 (2011-04-25)[3]

Ø (Disambiguation) is the seventh and final studio album by American metalcore band Underoath. Released on November 9, 2010, through Tooth & Nail Records,[4][5][6] the album is the band's first without founding member Aaron Gillespie, and is the first and only record by the band with Daniel Davison, formerly of Norma Jean. Ø (Disambiguation) was met with a high amount of acclaim and was recorded at Glow in the Dark Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, the same studio where the band's previous album, Lost in the Sound of Separation was recorded.

Recording and production[edit]

During a late 2009 interview, guitarist Timothy McTague stated that the band had "just started writing songs that may be included on the next record", and that they are hoping to enter the studio late summer or early fall 2010. On April 5, 2010, the band announced the departure of their final founding member, drummer and vocalist, Aaron Gillespie. On May 10, 2010, through their official Myspace blog, Underoath announced that they will be entering the studio on May 24 to record their follow up to Lost in the Sound of Separation, with production done by Jeremy S.H. Griffith and Matt Goldman (Goldman having worked with the band previously, on Lost in the Sound of Separation and Define the Great Line). The new album was aimed to be released sometime later that year. Following the departure of Gillespie, Underoath recruited ex–Norma Jean drummer Daniel Davison for drumming duties.

Release and promotion[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (83/100)[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 94%[8]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Big Cheese 5/5[9]
Billboard (80/100)[10]
Blare Magazine 4.5/5 stars[11]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[12]
Jesusfreakhideout Wayne Reimer: 4.5/5 stars[13]
Michael Weaver: 3.5/5 stars[13]
Rocksound 9/10[14]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[15]

The band hosted a pre-release listening party on September 15, 2010, which generated two independent reviews.[16] A postcard containing a piece of the artwork was sent to each person who pre-ordered the album. The buyer was to take a picture of that postcard and upload it to Underoath's official website. Once every piece had been uploaded, the band would release the artwork. They did so at 1 pm EST, September 21, 2010.[citation needed]

Underoath hosted a game on their Twitter and Facebook profiles. It consisted of scrambled titles for tracks featured on the album. The first person who unscrambled the words won an Underoath T-shirt. The band also released one of their new songs, "Illuminator", by layers, giving away one instrument's part at a time. The song was fully uploaded on October 1, 2010. The second song Underoath released was the single "In Division" on November 2.[citation needed]

The band also developed a contest for the track "Catch Myself Catching Myself". The song was uploaded to YouTube on October 28; however, all the vocals were taken out. The lyrics were put up in the video, and viewers were told to put their own vocals over the song and upload it to YouTube. The submission chosen to be best would receive an Underoath prize pack containing a shirt, poster, stickers and more, and the guitar used for the video of "In Division". Two runners-up would receive the prize pack only.[citation needed]

A music video for "In Division" was released on November 1, 2010.[17]

In its first week, Ø (Disambiguation) sold 24,000[citation needed] and debuted at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 charts.[18]

A music video for "Paper Lung" was released on April 25, 2011.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Spencer Chamberlain, all music composed by Underoath[19].

No. Title Length
1. "In Division"   3:58
2. "Catch Myself Catching Myself"   3:29
3. "Paper Lung"   4:11
4. "Illuminator"   3:10
5. "Driftwood"   3:00
6. "A Divine Eradication"   3:16
7. "Who Will Guard the Guardians"   3:52
8. "Reversal"   1:43
9. "Vacant Mouth"   3:53
10. "My Deteriorating Incline"   3:33
11. "In Completion"   4:20
Total length:
38:42

Personnel[edit]

Underoath
  • Spencer Chamberlain – lead vocals, additional guitars[20]
  • Tim McTague – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • James Smith – rhythm guitar, percussion
  • Grant Brandell – bass guitar
  • Daniel Davison – drums, percussion
  • Chris Dudley – keyboard, synthesizers
Production[21]
  • Jordan Butcher – art direction, design
  • Jeff Carver – A&R
  • Brandon Ebel – A&R, executive producer
  • Matt Goldman – engineer, producer
  • Ben Grosse – mixing
  • Ted Jensen – mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barr, Ethan (November 8, 2010). "Underoath makes disorderly noise". UDReview. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Ø (Disambiguation) Review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Underoath/Thursday - Paper Lung/Past And Future Ruins (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Karan, Tim (August 31, 2010). "Exclusive: Underoath reveal release date for Disambiguation". Alternative Press. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Underoath announce Ø (Disambiguation)". Punknews.org. August 31, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Underoath Announce Name and Release Date for New Album". Bedwettingcosmonaut.com. August 30, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ø (Disambiguation) Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ø (Disambiguation) Review". Absolutepunk.net. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Underoath - Ø (Disambiguation) | Album Reviews | Big Cheese Magazine - punk, metal and rock music news, reviews, interviews and more". Big Cheese Magazine. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Underoath, ' 0 (Disambiguation)'". Billboard.com. September 14, 2009. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ø (Disambiguation) Review". Blare Magazine. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Album Review: Underoath – Ø (Disambiguation) « Consequence of Sound". Consequenceofsound.net. December 9, 2010. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Ø (Disambiguation) Review". jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  14. ^ Newbound, Tim (April 6, 2011). "Underoath - O (Disambiguation) | Reviews | Rock Sound". Rocksound.tv. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ø (Disambiguation) Review". sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Early review of Ø (Disambiguation) on mindequalsblown.net". Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  17. ^ "'In Division' Youtube video". Youtube.com. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Ø (Disambiguation) - Underoath (2010)". Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  19. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Ø (Disambiguation) [Deluxe Edition]". Allmusic. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Underoath on Facebook". Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Credits for Ø (Disambiguation)". Allmusic.com. Retrieved April 20, 2011.