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Underoath has slated June 20 as the release date for "Define the Great Line," its third album for the Seattle-based independent Tooth & Nail/Solid State Records label.Underoath has slated June 20 as the release date for "Define the Great Line," its third album for the Seattle-based independent Tooth & Nail/Solid State Records label. The hard rock act will support the set with a heavy road schedule, via a headlining club run due to kick off May 3 in Columbia, S.C., and a previously announced main stage berth on the summer's Vans Warped Tour.
Some of the new material was recently leaked on the Internet and has generated a positive reaction from fans, although keyboardist Christopher Dudley says its not a good representation of the final product. "Crappy MP3s of an unfinished record aren't up to par with what we plan to deliver to you," he recently wrote on the band's official Web site. He went on to explain that the stolen recordings that have been circulating are unmixed, unmastered and missing parts, and most are incorrectly titled.
Co-produced Matt Goldman and Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, "Define the Great Line" is the follow-up to 2004's "They're Only Chasing Safety," which topped Billboard's Heatseekers chart. The set has sold 327,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"We didn't want to take the normal approach, with just two guitar tracks, drum tracks, vocal tracks or whatever," guitarist Tim McTague says about the sonic direction the band took in creating the new set. "We made an effort to expand in our minds what Underoath could do."
The band -- rounded out by vocalist Spencer Chamberlain, bassist Grant Brandell, drummer Aaron Gillespie and guitarist James Smith --is in Sweden shooting videos with the Popcore Films production team. Anders Forsman will direct the clip for first single "Writing on the Walls" and Linus Johansson will handle "In Regards to Myself."
The band's tour will boast support from Poison the Well and As Cities Burn, with Spitfire opening on the first half of the run and Since By Man on the second. The schedule also includes a May 7 New Jersey stop at the Great Bamboozle festival.
In addition, all proceeds from a May 15 show at New Orleans' House of Blues will be donated to Common Ground, an organization working to renovate and build homes in the city's Ninth Ward, which was devastated last year by Hurricane Katrina.
Here are Underoath's headlining tour dates:
May 3: Columbia, S.C. (Headliners Music Hall)
May 4-5: Richmond, Va. (Alley Katz)
May 6: Allentown, Pa. (Crocodile Rock)
May 7: E. Rutherford, N.J. (Great Bamboozle)
May 9: Towson, Md. (Recher Theatre)
May 10: Greensboro, N.C. (Greene Street)
May 11: Winston-Salem, N.C. (Ziggy's)
May 12: Gainesville, Fla. (Common Grounds)
May 13: Orlando, Fla. (Central Florida Fairgrounds)
May 15: New Orleans (House of Blues)
May 16: Jackson, Miss. (The Capri)
May 17-18: Fayetteville, Ark. (The Music Hall)
May 19: Tulsa, Okla. (Cain's Ballroom)
May 20: Springfield, Mo. (The Oasis)
May 21: Wichita, Kan. (The Cotillion)
May 22: Omaha, Neb. (Sokol Auditorium)
May 23: W. Des Moines, Iowa (Val Air Ballroom)
May 24: Green Bay, Wis. (Riverside Ballroom)
May 25: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Intersection)
May 27: Kettering, Ohio (Attic Club; two shows)
May 28: Lexington, Ky. (Oleika Shriner's Temple)
May 29: Nashville (Rocketown)
May 30: Memphis (New Daisy Theatre)