When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
It is well, it is well with my soul ...
Those lines, from the 19th Century hymn "It Is Well With My Soul," say a lot about metalcore mainstays HASTE THE DAY.
The Indianapolis five-piece – who take their name from the hymn – have spent the past eight years rolling with the punches, taking the highlights and the challenges in equal measure. Embraced by a global fan base of rock and metal fans, HASTE THE DAY have released four revered albums that have collectively sold well over a quarter-million copies – despite member shifts that might have leveled a lesser band. Always driving them forward was the unwavering adoration of the band's legion of fans, who helped to make HASTE THE DAY one of the most successful and enduring metalcore bands of their generation.
Now, the members are ready to take their destiny into their own hands, with the help of a boatload of faith and the most dynamic, ferocious and art-minded album of their career. Attack Of The Wolf King–HASTE THE DAY's fifth full-length for Solid State Records – stirs up all of HTD's trademark moves to new frenzied heights for what, nine years into their career, could be their career-defining album.
"I think that Attack Of The Wolf King has taken the musical elements of HASTE THE DAY– the
breakdowns, the melodies, and the mood – and turned it up ten notches," says bassist and founding member Michael Murphy. "Fans of the old HTD and the new HTD will be both be in love with this album. It has the raw aggression of Burning Bridges, the catchy choruses of When Everything Falls, the energy of Pressure The Hinges, and the mood and feeling of Dreamer. Get ready for your new favorite HASTE THE DAY album!"
Recorded in Richmond, Virginia, with seasoned producer Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Oh Sleeper), Attack Of The Wolf King is the first outing for the current incarnation of HASTE THE DAY, whose new members brought equally fresh elements to the writing process, adding new fuel to the tried-and-true metalcore machine of Murphy and singer Stephen Keech. As Murphy attests, the member shifts haven't always been easy for the band on a personal level, but they're not about to falter – and neither would their fans let them.
"When you tour with your best friends for so long, it's hard to continue without them, but it was through those challenges and losses that we gained some of the best musicians I have ever known," says Murphy of the current lineup. "It has also really made me reevaluate why I am still doing this. For most bands, this would have put out the flame, but for HASTE THE DAY it has fanned the flame of passion and purpose."
Five albums into their career, HASTE THE DAY are still taking in stride whatever their career throws at them. They've played alongside some of their musical heroes, toured the world many times over (including stops in less-traveled countries like Colombia and New Zealand) and succeeded both critically and commercially – and still, they burn with the simple sense of purpose that fueled their earliest days.
"When I started this band in high school, all I wanted to do was play Cornerstone Festival and maybe put out one record," Murphy says. "After being blessed enough to do that, everything else has been icing on the cake." It is well, indeed.