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Underoath, Mewithoutyou, As Cities Burn, Letlive All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Sold Out (Music) Soundboard

When: Sun., Jan. 20, 6 p.m. 2013

Formed in 1997, Tampa’s Underoath is one of the more interesting bands to ascend to the top of the Warped Tour circuit in the past decade, pairing aggro metalcore with explicitly Christian lyrics—a 1999 cut called “Heart of Stone” includes the lines “Christian I stand / Unafraid of my beliefs.” Over time Underoath shed most of their religious lyrics, some of the harshness of their sound, and all of their original members—the last holdout, drummer Aaron Gillespie, bailed in 2010—and arrived at a hybrid style that combined the hard-hitting hooks and growled vocals of their early days with glistening guitar and clean ballad singing. Their career peaked with 2004’s They’re Only Chasing Safety and 2006’s Define the Great Line (which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200), albums that helped set the stage for hugely popular and roundly ridiculed subgenres such as crabcore and easycore. In fall 2012 Underoath announced they’d be breaking up this year, mapped out a farewell tour, and released a good-bye compilation called Anthology: 1999-2013 (Solid State/Roadrunner). The history-in-reverse collection includes two new tracks, “Sunburnt” and “Unsound,” and the latter exemplifies Underoath’s mastery of the kind of emotive anthem that reels in pop-punk fans and modern-rock-radio audiences alike. —Leor Galil Mewithoutyou, As Cities Burn, and Letlive open.

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