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In 2014, they released their final album, ''Lowborn'', and went on a world tour before dissolving the band.

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In 2014, they released their final album, ''Lowborn'', and went on a world tour before dissolving the band. In 2021, they reunited, releasing their first new music in seven years,"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfIMbZRd8Ho Two Graves]]" before embarking on a fall tour.


* AltumVidetur: A few song titles, one example of which is "Misearbile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum)", which translates to "a terrible event (out of bad comes good)".


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* GratuitousLatin: A few song titles contain Latin, one example of which is "Misearbile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum)", which translates to "a terrible event (out of bad comes good)".


Anberlin is an alternative rock band formed in 2002. They released three records under independent label Tooth & Nail Records before being signed to Universal Republic in 2007. Their first single from major label debut ''New Surrender'', "Feel Good Drag", a remake of a song from their sophomore album ''Never Take Friendship Personal'', reached number one on the modern rock charts and gave them mainstream success.

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Anberlin is was an alternative rock band formed in 2002. They released three records under independent label Tooth & Nail Records before being signed to Universal Republic in 2007. Their first single from major label debut ''New Surrender'', "Feel Good Drag", a remake of a song from their sophomore album ''Never Take Friendship Personal'', reached number one on the modern rock charts and gave them mainstream success.


* OldShame: Sagoh 24/7. There's a reason they changed their name.


* CutSong: ''Devotion'' takes seven tracks originally cut from ''Vital'', and re-inserts them into the track listing, for a whopping 18 total songs.
** "The Haunting" is one of their more famous ones, having been recorded during the ''Cities'' sessions but left as a B-side and later included on ''Lost Songs''. It became a fan favorite and the band later admitted that they should have left it on ''Cities''.

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* ArcWords: "Lips that need no introduction" in ''Never Take Friendship Personal'' and "The patron saint of lost causes" in ''Cities''.

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* OneSteveLimit: The band went through three guitarists who all broke the rule. First they had Joey Bruce and Joey Milligan. Then Bruce was replaced by Nathan Strayer, who shared a first name with Nathan Young. Finally, Strayer left and was replaced by Christian [=McAlhaney=], whose first name was the same as lead singer Stephen Christian's last name (which makes the whole NotChristianRock discussion rather amusing).


As of 2014, they've announced plans to release one more album, ''Lowborn'', and go on a world tour before dissolving the band.

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As of In 2014, they've announced plans to release one more they released their final album, ''Lowborn'', and go went on a world tour before dissolving the band.



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** On ''Never Take Friendship Personal'', the line "Lips that need no introduction" is first heard on "The Feel Good Drag", several songs before album closer "Dance, Dance Christa Päffgen".



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->''"We'll live forever, forever, forever...''\\
''I don't wanna go now, but I have to,''\\
''For you to remember me, for you to remember me..."''\\
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--'''Harbinger''', ''the last track of the final album''

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** And then of course there's "Fin". They can't really tour with a children's choir, after all, but the fans know what to do.


* CarefulWithThatAxe: More prevalent in their older works (see [[TitleTrack "Never Take Friendship Personal"]] and the original "The Feel Good Drag"). Surprisingly, "Dissenter" from their final album ''Lowborn'' features this for almost ''the entire song'' (the only exception being the bridge).

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** On the acoustic live disc of ''Devotion'', Stephen refers to "The Unwinding Cable Car" as their greatest sing-along.
* CallForward: The line "I am the patron saint of lost causes", a key refrain in "Fin", shows up in "Dismantle. Repair.", which precedes it on ''Cities''.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: More prevalent in their older works (see [[TitleTrack "Never Take Friendship Personal"]] and the original "The Feel Good Drag").
** Also "Dead American" from ''Devotion''.
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Surprisingly, "Dissenter" from their final album ''Lowborn'' features this for almost ''the entire song'' (the only exception being the bridge).bridge).
** "Take Me (As You Found Me)" manages the unlikely feat of pulling this off in the verses of a much mellower song.
* CutSong: ''Devotion'' takes seven tracks originally cut from ''Vital'', and re-inserts them into the track listing, for a whopping 18 total songs.
** "The Haunting" is one of their more famous ones, having been recorded during the ''Cities'' sessions but left as a B-side and later included on ''Lost Songs''. It became a fan favorite and the band later admitted that they should have left it on ''Cities''.



* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Debut", a separate track that serves as the opening for "Godspeed" (and the album itself). The trope is invoked ironically on "A Heavy-Hearted Work of Staggering Genius", the preceding track to ''Never Take Friendship Personal'' closer "Dance, Dance Christa Päffgen".

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"Debut", a separate track that serves as the opening for "Godspeed" (and the album itself). itself).
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The trope is invoked ironically on "A Heavy-Hearted Work of Staggering Genius", the preceding track to ''Never Take Friendship Personal'' closer "Dance, Dance Christa Päffgen".Päffgen".
** It's not a separate track, but the drum intro to "The Resistance" is quite epic.


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* [[ExcitedShowTitle Excited Song Title]]: "Audrey, Start the Revolution!" and "Blame Me! Blame Me!"


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** Also done at the end of the bridge in live versions of "The Unwinding Cable Car".


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* LighterAndSofter: Done in small increments over their first several albums. ''Blueprints For the Black Market'' had no slow or acoustic songs, ''Never Take Friendship Personal'' had "(The Symphony of) Blasé" (which was noticeably mellower than the rest of the album, but still electric), ''Cities'' had "The Unwinding Cable Car" and "Inevitable" (which were both acoustic guitar-driven), and from there on out it became more common for their records to have several ballads and/or slower anthems alongside the big rockers.


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* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: "Foreign Language" is all about this.
--> "Boys speak in rhythm\\
And girls in code..."
* NewSoundAlbum: It's not a drastic change since the band wore its 80s influences on its sleeve from ''Blueprints for the Black Market'' onwards, but ''Vital'' and ''Lowborn'' incorporated a lot more keyboards and electronic effects than their earlier albums.
* NonAppearingTitle: A large number of their song titles are found nowhere in the lyrics. When they are, they're often not found in the chorus of the song, which can lead to a fair amount of RefrainFromAssuming.


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** Most of the band members played together as Sagoh 24/7 in the late 90s/early 2000s, the name of which was an acronym for "Servants After God's Own Heart". The name change to Anberlin corresponded with the change in lyrical focus to songs that would still reference Christianity without being as preachy. Stephen still identifies as a devout Christian, but he prefers not to classify the band's music as such.
* OldShame: Sagoh 24/7. There's a reason they changed their name.


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* PunnyName: "Stationary Stationery".


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** "Dissenter" has shades of this as well, though it could be interpreted as a rant towards a lot of different people.


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* SelfBackingVocalist: It's quite common for their songs to have two different vocal parts that overlap but have different lyrics, making it impractical for Stephen to sing every lyric of every song when the band performs live. This was a problem in their early days when no one else in the band sang backup; since then either one of the guitarists will usually fill in these secondary vocal parts.


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* WordOfGod: Stephen Christian has a [[http://anberlinlyrics.tumblr.com/ Tumblr blog]] on which he explains the intent behind every single song on every Anberlin album.
* WordSaladLyrics: A lot of their early songs can come across this way. Stephen later simplified his songwriting style somewhat after expressing some frustration about people not understanding where he was coming from in the song "A Whisper & a Clamor".
--> "I grow tired of writing songs\\
While people listen, but never hear what's really going on now..."


* Joesph Milligan (lead guitar)

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* Joesph Joseph Milligan (lead guitar)



* CarefulWithThatAxe: More prevalent in their older works (see [[TitleTrack "Never Take Friendship Personal"]] and the original "The Feel Good Drag").

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* CarefulWithThatAxe: More prevalent in their older works (see [[TitleTrack "Never Take Friendship Personal"]] and the original "The Feel Good Drag"). Surprisingly, "Dissenter" from their final album ''Lowborn'' features this for almost ''the entire song'' (the only exception being the bridge).



* EpicRocking: "Dance, Dance Christa Paffgen", "Fin", "Miserabile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum)", "God, Drugs, and Sex". All of which are the last tracks of their respective albums (''Never Take Friendship Personal'', ''Cities'', ''New Surrender'', ''Vital'').

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* EpicRocking: "Dance, Dance Christa Paffgen", "Fin", "Miserabile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum)", "God, Drugs, and Sex". All of which are the last tracks of their respective albums (''Never Take Friendship Personal'', ''Cities'', ''New Surrender'', ''Vital''). Subverted by "Harbinger", the last track of their last album.



* OldShame: Before Anberlin, a few founding members were in a Christian punk band called [=SaGoh=] (an acronym for "Servants After God's Own Heart) 24/7. Stephen often likes to pretend this never happened.



As of 2014, they've announced plans to release one more album, ''Lowborn'', and go on a world tour before dissolving the band.




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* ''Lowborn'' (2014)


* AltumVidetur: A few song titles, one example of which is "Misearbile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum)", which translates to "a terrible event (out of bad comes good)".



* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Debut", a separate track that serves as the opening for "Godspeed" (and the album itself).
* EpicRocking: "Dance, Dance Christa Paffgen", "Fin", "Miserabile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum)", "God, Drugs, and Sex"

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* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Debut", a separate track that serves as the opening for "Godspeed" (and the album itself).
itself). The trope is invoked ironically on "A Heavy-Hearted Work of Staggering Genius", the preceding track to ''Never Take Friendship Personal'' closer "Dance, Dance Christa Päffgen".
* EpicRocking: "Dance, Dance Christa Paffgen", "Fin", "Miserabile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum)", "God, Drugs, and Sex"Sex". All of which are the last tracks of their respective albums (''Never Take Friendship Personal'', ''Cities'', ''New Surrender'', ''Vital'').



* KidsRock: The choir in "Fin"
* LoveIsADrug: "Dance, Dance Christa Paffgen"

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* KidsRock: The choir in "Fin"
"Fin".
* LoveIsADrug: "Dance, Dance Christa Paffgen"Paffgen".
--> "Don't need no drugs, (you're my chemical)\\
Now I'm dependent, (swear I'm clinical)\\
Addicted to those glances, taking chances tonight,\\
I need a fix in those heroin eyes..."



* OldShame: Before Anberlin, a few founding members were in a Christian punk band called [=SaGoh=] 24/7. Stephen often likes to pretend this never happened.

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* OldShame: Before Anberlin, a few founding members were in a Christian punk band called [=SaGoh=] (an acronym for "Servants After God's Own Heart) 24/7. Stephen often likes to pretend this never happened.



* TitleOnlyChorus: "Closer"

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* ShoutOut: "A Heavy-Hearted Work of Staggering Genius" is a play on the title of Dave Eggers's book "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius".
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Closer""Closer".


* KidsRock: "Fin"

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* KidsRock: The choir in "Fin"


* "Vital" (2012)

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* "Vital" ''Vital'' (2012)



* AudienceParticipationSong: A few lines and the "woah-oh-oh-oh"s in "Godspeed". During their most recent tour, Stephen would tell the audience to call the person next to them on their cell phone and hold the phones to each other during their acoustic cover of "Mother".

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* AudienceParticipationSong: A few lines and the "woah-oh-oh-oh"s in "Godspeed". The word "Repair" during the main chorus of "Dismantle. Repair." During their most recent tour, Stephen would tell the audience to call the person next to them on their cell phone and hold the phones to each other during their acoustic cover of "Mother".

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