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For Today

For Today
For Today.jpg
For Today from left to right: Mike Reynolds, David Morrison, Mattie Montgomery, Brandon Leitru, Ryan Leitru
Background information
OriginSioux City, Iowa, U.S.
GenresChristian metalcore,[1][2][3][4]metalcore,[2][5]
2005-2016
LabelsFacedown, Razor & Tie, Nuclear Blast
Nothing Left[7]
Websitefortodayband.com
Ryan Leitru
Mattie Montgomery
Brandon Leitru
David Puckett
Jim Hughes
Matt Tyler
Jon Lauters
Brennan Schaeuble
David Morrison
Mike Reynolds
Sam Penner

For Today was[8] an American Christian metalcore[2][3][4] band from Sioux City, Iowa, formed in 2005. They have released two EPs: Your Moment, Your Life, Your Time and Prevailer, and six full-length albums: Ekklesia on April 1, 2008,[9]Portraits on June 9, 2009,[10]Breaker on August 31, 2010, Immortal on May 29, 2012, Fight the Silence on February 4, 2014 and Wake on October 2, 2015

History

For Today was founded in 2005 by Ryan Leitru, Mike Reynolds, David Morrison, and Jon Lauters. Lauters and vocalist Matt Tyler, who joined the band shortly after its formation, (who later became known as Madison Skylights) left the band soon after, and were replaced by Mattie Montgomery (formerly of Besieged) and Brennan Schaeuble. Schaeuble was replaced by Ryan's brother Brandon. On April 1, 2008, they released their first studio album, produced by Facedown Records, Ekklesia (a Biblical term from the Koine Greek that typically denotes the collective people of God; it is usually translated as 'the Body of Christ' or 'the Church').[11][12] Their second album, Portraits, was released on June 9, 2009, on the same label, and peaked at No. 15 of the Billboard Christian albums chart. Different Biblical personalities are portrayed on the album: the Prophets Ezekiel, Joel, Elijah and Isaiah, and Nicodemus the Pharisee, Zacharias, Saul (Paul) of Tarsus and Immanuel (Jesus). The final track on the album, 'Talmidim' (which denotes the disciples of a rabbi, here referring to all disciples of Jesus -Christians) quotes Ezekiel 36:26-28 and describes what it means to be a Christian.

Upon signing with Razor & Tie, the band was in the recording studio on January 6, 2012 until February 8, 2012 at The Machine Shop in New Jersey. They also announced that Will Putney, who produced their previous release Breaker, would produce this album. The album's first single, "Fearless", was released on March 6, 2012. They headlined the Fight the Silence Tour based on their new album in March 2012 and toured alongside A Skylit Drive, Stick to Your Guns, MyChildren MyBride, and Make Me Famous.[13] The new album, Immortal, was released on May 29, 2012.[14] They played at Warped Tour 2012.[15]

On June 15, 2012, it was announced that drummer David Morrison had stepped down from For Today to do missionary work in South America with Extreme Nazarene Ministries. David Puckett (formerly of The Crimson Armada) was announced as the new drummer.[16] Rhythm guitarist Mike Reynolds also left the band in early 2013, in order for him and his wife to enroll in Bible college and work toward full-time missions work in the Middle East.[17] This announcement came after controversial comments that Reynolds made on Twitter in which he said "There was no such thing as a homosexual Christian."[17] The backlash sparked by his comments prompted action by Mattie Montgomery, who posted a response on YouTube where he gave his phone number and offered his heart and time to anyone who wanted to talk about what had been said, pray, vent about religion, or just seek advice.[17] Reynolds was replaced by former In the Midst of Lions guitarist Sam Penner.[18]

On April 2, 2013, the band released a new EP, Prevailer, with four new songs, one acoustic track, and a DVD, of live band footage and a documentary of the band's history.[19]

On October 24, 2013, the band released a new video, "Fight the Silence", on their official YouTube channel. According to the description of the video, the band will be releasing a new album in 2014.[20][better source needed] They joined We Came as Romans, Texas in July, Woe, Is Me, and The Word Alive on the Motel 6 Rock Yourself to Sleep Tour from January to February 2011.[21]

On April 15, 2015, Samuel Penner announced he parted ways with the band for various reasons.[22] In the mid-2015, Jim Hughes, guitarist of metal band Colossus and long time friend of the band joined as bassist,[23][24] with Brandon taking over guitars for Penner. On July 30, 2015, the band announced that they had signed with Nuclear Blast, and their new album would be released through the label.[24] On August 21, 2015, the band initiated pre-orders for their new album, Wake, which was released on October 2, 2015, and a new music video titled "Broken Lens".[25]

On July 5, 2016, the band announced via Facebook they will embark on a farewell tour and will disband after the tour ends.[26][27] Before disbanding, two members of the band, Ryan (lead guitar) and Brandon Leitru (bass guitarist), formed a new band called Nothing Left, with members of Silent Planet and A Bullet for Pretty Boy.[7] The band played their last show on December 18, 2016 with Silent Planet, Oh, Sleeper, Norma Jean and Fit for a King.[28]

On October 22, 2018, Montgomery announced that the band would be playing on October 28, for a tribute show that We Came as Romans organized for Kyle Pavone, making it clear that this would not be a reunion.[29]

Name

Montgomery stated the band selected the name while only one member was a Christian but that it "sounded cool" but have since transformed the meaning to be scriptural.[30]

Members

Timeline

Discography

For Today discography
Studio albums6
Music videos12
EPs2

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[31]
US
Heat.

[32]
US
Indie.

[33]
US
Rock
[34]
US
Hard Rock
[35]
US
Christ.

[36]
Ekklesia
  • Released: April 1, 2008
  • Label: Facedown
  • Formats: CD, digital download
- - - - - --
Portraits
  • Released: June 9, 2009
  • Label: Facedown
  • Formats: CD, digital download
- 14 40 - - 15
Breaker
  • Released: August 31, 2010
  • Label: Facedown
  • Formats: CD, digital download
54 - 8 20 8 3
Immortal
  • Released: May 29, 2012
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Formats: CD, digital download
15 - 3 7 1 1
Fight the Silence
  • Released: February 4, 2014
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Formats: CD, digital download
32 - 4 7 2 2
Wake
  • Released: October 2, 2015
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, digital download
67 - 17 9 10 3
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPs

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[31]
US
Indie.

[33]
US
Rock
[34]
US
Hard Rock
[35]
US
Christ.

[36]
Your Moment, Your Life, Your Time
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: independent
  • Formats: CD
- - - - --
Prevailer
  • Released: April 2, 2013
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Formats: CD, digital download
47 12 14 2 2
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos

References

  1. ^ Jones, Kim. "Top 8 Christian Metal Bands". About.com. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "For Today: Sioux City's metalcore masters set to visit the UK in November -- For Today". Crossrhythms.co.uk. August 6, 2010. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ a b "For Today Discography, For Today Artist Database, For Today Lyrics". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ a b For Today at AllMusic
  5. ^ Pernell Fowler. "For Today - Immortal - Review | So, Bring on Mixed Reviews". Bringonmixedreviews.com. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ Rowe, Jimmy (June 28, 2010). "Today Is Apparently A Day For Some New Christian Deathcore". Heavy Is Heavy Blog. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ a b Dickman, Maggie (October 26, 2016). "For Today members form heavy new band, debut new song -- listen". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "For Today - After over 11 years as a band, 6 full length... - Facebook". Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "Ekklesia Review - For Today - Compact Discs - Reviews @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com". Ultimate Guitar Archive. July 4, 2008. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ "Portraits Review - For Today - Compact Discs - Reviews @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com". Ultimate Guitar Archive. October 7, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  11. ^ "Strong's Greek: 1577. (ekklésia) -- an assembly, a (religious) congregation". Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "BibleGateway.com - Topical Index: ekklesia". Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ Pelt, Doug Van (2011). "For Today announce headlining tour". HM Magazine. Archived from the original on April 18, 2012. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ Ken (April 18, 2012). "FOR TODAY'S NEW STUDIO ALBUM "IMMORTAL" RELEASE DATE NOW SET FOR MAY 29TH". Highwire Daze. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "Bands / 2013 Vans Warped Tour / Tickets on Sale Now / For Today". Vanswarpedtour.com. Retrieved 2013.
  16. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - FOR TODAY Drummer Quits Band To Become A Missionary". Legacy.roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2013.
  17. ^ a b c "For Today Guitarist Mike Reynolds Leaves Band After Firestorm Over Anti-Gay Comments".
  18. ^ "For Today guitarist Mike Reynolds leaves band". Lambgoat. January 11, 2013. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "Amazon listing". amazon.com. Retrieved 2013.
  20. ^ For Today - Fight The Silence *NEW SONG*. YouTube. October 23, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ "Motel 6 Rock Yourself to Sleep Tour".
  22. ^ Sharp, Tyler (April 15, 2015). "For Today kick out guitarist Samuel Penner". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2015.
  23. ^ "Jim Hughes Joins For Today". Instagram. Retrieved 2015.
  24. ^ a b Vallecillo, Alix (July 30, 2015). "For Today signs New Record deal with Nuclear Blast". Metal Insider. Retrieved 2015.
  25. ^ For Today. "For Today". Instagram. Retrieved 2015.
  26. ^ For Today (July 5, 2016). "For Today (Photos)". Facebook. Retrieved 2016.
  27. ^ Childers, Chad (July 5, 2016). "For Today Reveals Plans To Split, Announce 2016 Farewell Tour". Loudwire. Retrieved 2016.
  28. ^ "Farewell Tour".
  29. ^ Montgomery, Mattie (October 22, 2018). "This weekend we will be in Detriot". Facebook. Retrieved 2018.
  30. ^ "Mattie Montgomery interview on Indie Vision Music". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved 2015.
  31. ^ a b "For Today - Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2013.
  32. ^ "For Today - Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2013.
  33. ^ a b "For Today - Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2013.
  34. ^ a b "For Today - Chart History: Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2013.
  35. ^ a b "For Today - Chart History: Hard Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2013.
  36. ^ a b "For Today - Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2013.

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