Bassist Mike Murphy of the Indiana-based Christian metalcore band HASTE THE DAY has released the following statement:
"This is a very difficult announcement to make, but HASTE THE DAY will be doing its final tour February - March 2011.
"It has been an incredible 10 years and we want to thank all of our amazing fans who have stuck with us through all of our changes and growth as a band. If it weren't for all of you, this band would have been nothing.
"There are many reasons why HASTE THE DAY is ending. However, we mainly feel as though we have created the best music we can and believe it is now time for us to move on to the next stage of our lives.
"I remember when this band started a decade ago, we wanted to be like the Solid State/Tooth and Nail Records bands we grew up idolizing. We wanted to use our passion for heavy music and the love that God put in us to be a light in the underground scene; letting people know they are loved, important, forgiven no matter what, and capable of using their gifts to serve their fellow man. I never imagined that we would be able to put out five full length albums, tour the world, and develop so many meaningful relationships with the people who came to our shows. Without your support, this wouldn't have been possible.
"The '12 Days Of Christmas' will be in cities that we will not hit on our final tour so please come out to say goodbye this December. For our final tour, which will also be amazing, we are bringing our friends in MY CHILDREN MY BRIDE, THE CHARIOT, and A PLEA FOR PURGING along for our farewell tour all across the U.S. and Canada. We will be playing a great selection of songs from all of our records, including all of the fan favorites, rarely played songs, and a few songs that you guys keep begging us to play live. I have no doubt that this will be the best tour we've ever done and we cannot wait to see all of you and give you a hug goodbye.
"We love you all, thank you for everything you've been to us, and we can't wait to see you for the last time in 2011! We encourage you to keep your inner flame burning and show it off to the rest of the world!"
"Attack Of The Wolf King", the latest album from HASTE THE DAY, sold around 5,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 74 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on June 29 via longtime label Solid State Records, the CD was recorded in Richmond with veteran producer Andreas Magnusson (THE BLACK DHALIA MURDER, OH SLEEPER) and marks the next chapter for HASTE THE DAY, whose impressive resume includes more than a quarter million albums sold and legions of fans worldwide.
HASTE THE DAY celebrated the release of "Attack of the Wolf King" by playing a June 29 hometown show where it was joined by past members of the group. The one-of-a-kind concert was filmed for a future DVD release.