"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. 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.
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.