After ten years, five albums, two DVDs, four member changes, over 350k albums sold globally and a few thousand tour dates, Haste The Day are hanging it up.
There isn’t a lot of magic to a decision like this. I’ve been fortunate to have seen several of my artists’ careers through from beginning to the end. The decision to break up is never an easy one but I have come to realize after seeing the demise of Still Remains, Gwen Stacy and now Haste the Day that the reality of an impending breakup is never ignorable or avoidable. It’s as if there is an unspoken understanding until it becomes spoken and then it becomes reality. There is no ultimate reason behind the breakup. It is more like a collection of reasons that are completely undramatic. This is a group of dudes that are simply ready for the next step. Read the band’s statement after the jump.
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 HTD 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 US 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!
Much Love to you all,
Mike & Haste the Day