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For Today
For Today
Information
Origin:

Sioux Falls, Iowa, United States

Genre:

Metalcore, Deathcore

Years active:

2005-2016, 2018

Labels:
Associated Acts:

Besieged, Earth vs the Spider, We Came As Romans, Colossus, The Crimson Armada, Madison Skylights, Fit for a King, Nothing Left, In the Midst of Lions

Former members:

Mattie Montgomery
Matt Tyler
Ryan Leitru
Mike Reynolds
Sam Penner
Jim Hughes
Jon Lauters
Brennan Schaeuble
Brandon Leitru
David Morrison
David Puckett

For Today was a metalcore band that was based out of Sioux Falls, Iowa in the United States. The band formed in 2005, but broke up in 2016.[1] The band was an extremely well known band, especially upon Mattie Montgomery's inception into the band in 2007. The band was known heavily for their preaching of love and Christianity and was considered one of the best bands in the Christian Heavy metal realm.[2]

History Edit

Origins and first releases (2005-2008) Edit

For Today began in 2005, being formed by Ryan Leitru on Lead Guitars and Clean Vocals. Mike Reynolds, Jon Lauters and David Morrison all were a part of the original lineup, performing Rhythm Guitars, Bass and Drums and Unclean Vocals respectively. Lauters departed and was replaced by Brennan Schaeuble. However, he too departed shortly after. Leitru hired his brother, Brandon to take over Bass. In 2006, Matt Tyler joined on Vocals and following his induction, the band recorded an EP, titled Your Moment, Your Life, Your Time, which they released independently.

In 2007, Tyler departed from the band. The band then hired Mattie Montgomery, the former Vocalist of Besieged, a band that signed to Blood & Ink Records.[3] Montgomery moved from Michigan to Sioux Falls, Iowa, where the band was located, and began to record with them. The band recorded Ekklesia in 2007, and by January 2008, the band signed to Facedown Records.[4] The album was released through the label on April 1, 2008.[4] In September of that year, while on tour with Too Pure to Die,[5] the band were involved in a car accident.[6] In 2008, the band toured with Too Pure To Die, Means, Life in Your Way, Burden of a Day, Kingston Falls, Liferuiner, This or the Apocalypse, My Hero is Me, WDHR, Dr. Acula, Sworn Enemy, MyChildren MyBride, The Ghost Inside, and Broadcast the Nightmare.[7]

Portraits, Breaker, and Immortal (2009-2012) Edit

In February 2009, the band announced that they were working on their sophomore album, Portraits.[8] The album came out on June 9, 2009. The band continued touring and working on new music, hitting dates with Sleeping Giant, Saving Grace, A Plea for Purging and also hitting the Scream the Prayer Tour in 2009 and 2010, hitting dates with Haste the Day, The Chariot, Project 86, Oh Sleeper, Gwen Stacey, Agraceful, Corpus Christi, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Blessed by a Broken Heart, The Color Morale, The Crimson Armada, I the Breather, The Great Commission, Hundredth, and In the Midst of Lions.[9][10] In 2010, the band began to work on Breaker, the band's third album, which came out on August 31, 2010.

In 2012, the band released their fourth album, Immortal, which featured Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D., Tommy Green of Sleeping Giant and XDEATHSTARX, and Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red on the album, which marked their first album to not come out through Facedown Records. Instead, the band had switched to Razor & Tie Records, a label that previously focused on pop music, but starting to sign metal bands including Nonpoint, Norma Jean and All the Remains. The band, following the album's release, performed on Warped Tour 2012.[11] On June 15, 2012, Morrison announced his departure from the band to do missionary work in South America with Extreme Nazarene Ministries.[12] David Puckett, formerly of The Crimson Armada, took over the position.[13]

Mike Reynolds controversy, Fight the Silence, Wake and disbanding (2013-2016) Edit

In January 2013, Reynolds was let go from the band, after he made some "controversial" statements, only days before. The statements pertaining to homosexual Christians, stating that "there is no such thing as a gay Christian".[14][15][16] Once Reynolds was kicked out, the band hired Sam Penner, former In the Midst of Lions Guitarist, to perform on Rhythm Guitars.[14] Montgomery, the Leitrus, Puckett and Penner then embarked on a tour, alongside As I Lay Dying and The Devil Wears Prada.[17] During the tour, in February, the band's van and trailer was stolen.[18] That year, despite the backlash from Reynold's comments, the band performed several festivals, including Lone Star Metal Festival, Ohio Metalfest, Wisconsin Metalfest, and was announced to play South By So What?! Fest in 2014.[7] However, Montgomery stated that the band were not aloud to play in Europe, due to Reynolds' comments.[19] In 2014, the band put out an album titled Fight the Silence, which was the first release to feature both Puckett and Penner.

Following the album's release, the band continued to tour. However, on March 22, 2015, Penner flew home because of a medical emergency in his family, which is when he received a phone call from the band, where they told him it would be better for him to not continue with the band.[20][21] Penner departed from the band, angrily, but nonetheless departed.

Once Penner departed from the band, Jim Hughes of Colossus took over the Rhythm Guitarist position. The band recorded their newest album, titled Wake, which was revealed in an interview with Montgomery earlier that year.[19] However, the release did not feature Hughes on the album, with Ryan Leitru handling all Guitars. On July 5, 2016, the band announced that they were disbanding.[1] The band played a long farewell tour which ended on December 11, 2016, with the final lineup of Montgomery, the Leitru brothers, Puckett and Hughes. Montgomery went on to become a traveling speaker and minister and author, while the Leitru brothers formed a supergroup called Nothing Left, featuring themselves, Danon Saylor (A Bullet for Pretty Boy), Alex Camarena (Silent Planet) and later Devin Henderson (Take It Back!). Puckett, in 2017, joined We Came As Romans as their official drummer.

In 2018, Montgomery, the Leitru brothers, Hughes, and Puckett reunited on stage once again as For Today on October 28th in Detriot, Michigan. The band reunited for a memorial show for Kyle Pavone, who had fronted We Came As Romans until he passed away.[22][23] However, they stated it would not be a reunion show and they would not be getting back together and that they wanted to honor their friend.[23]

Members Edit

Last Known Lineup

  • Mattie Montgomery - Unclean Vocals (2007-2016, 2018)
  • Ryan Leitru - Lead Guitars, Clean Vocals (2005-2016, 2018)
  • Jim Hughes - Rhythm Guitars (2015-2016, 2018)
  • Brandon Leitru - Bass (2005-2016, 2018)
  • David Puckett - Drums (2012-2016, 2018)

Former

  • Matt Tyler - Vocals (2006-2007)
  • Mike Reynolds - Rhythm Guitars (2005-2013)
  • Sam Penner - Rhythm Guitars (2013-2015)
  • Jon Lauters - Bass (2005)
  • Brennan Schaeuble - Bass (2005)
  • David Morrison - Drums, Unclean Vocals (2005-2012)

Live

  • Ryan Kirby - Vocals (2014)

Session

  • Bri Wright - Choir Vocals (2010)
  • Jose Palos - Narration (2010)
  • Dustie Waring - Lead Guitars (2009)
  • Randy Leboeuf - Piano (2015)

Timeline Edit

Discography Edit

Studio albums

  • Ekklesia (2008)
  • Portraits (2009)
  • Breaker (2010)
  • Immortal (2012)
  • Fight the Silence (2014)
  • Wake (2015)

EPs

  • Your Moment, Your Life, Your Time (2006)
  • Prevailer (2013)

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pasbani, Robert (July 5, 2016). "FOR TODAY Call It Quits". Metal Injection. Retrieved on October 6, 2018.
  2. todensengel_hell (April 1, 2008). "For Today". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved on October 6, 2018.
  3. "For Today frontman's former band Besieged re-releases song". Lambgoat. June 27, 2017. Retrieved on October 8, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "For Today signs w/ Facedown Records". Lambgoat. January 10, 2008. Retrieved on October 8, 2018.
  5. "Too Pure To Die, For Today tour dates". Lambgoat. September 22, 2008. Retrieved on October 8, 2018.
  6. "For Today wrecks van/trailer". Lambgoat. September 23, 2008. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "For Today news". Lambgoat. Retrieved on October 8, 2018.
  8. "For Today prepares new album". Lambgoat. February 2, 2009. Retrieved on October 8, 2018.
  9. "Scream The Prayer Tour 2009 details". Lambgoat. April 23, 2009. Retrieved on October 8, 2018.
  10. "Scream The Prayer Tour III Announced". Lambgoat. April 15, 2010. Retrieved on October 8, 2018.
  11. "Bands / 2013 Vans Warped Tour / Tickets On Sale Now / For Today". Retrieved on October 9, 2018.
  12. Morrison, David (June 15, 2012). "For Today: Update from David Morrison". YouTube. Retrieved on October 9, 2018.
  13. "FOR TODAY Drummer Quits Band to Become a Missionary" Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on October 9, 2018.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Childers, Chad (January 12, 2013). "For Today Guitarist Mike Reynolds Leaves Band After Firestorm Over Anti-Gay Comments". Loudwire. Retrieved on October 9, 2018.
  15. Rosenberg, Axl (January 11, 2013). "For Today Guitarist Mike Reynolds Outs Himself". Metal Sucks. Retrieved on October 9, 2018.
  16. Pasbani, Robert (January 10, 2013). "FOR TODAY Guitarist Hates The Gays for Jesus". Metal Injection. Retrieved on October 9, 2018.
  17. "As I Lay Dying, The Devil Wears Prada tour dates". Lambgoat. December 18, 2012. Retrieved on October 9, 2018.
  18. "For Today's van, trailer stolen in Texas". Lambgoat. February 10, 2013. Retrieved on October 9, 2018.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Wookubus (June 25, 2015). "Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta Chats With For Today's Mattie Montgomery On 'The Jasta Show'". Theprp. Retrieved on October 9, 2018.
  20. Sharp, Tyler (April 15, 2015). "For Today kick out guitarist Samuel Penner". Alternative Press. Retrieved on October 10, 2018.
  21. Werkhesier, Seth (April 16, 2015). "For Today kick out guitarist for not being Christian enough". Metal Insider. Retrieved on October 10, 2018.
  22. Campbell, Rachel (October 8, 2018). "We Came As Romans announce Kyle Pavone tribute show". Alternative Press. Retrieved on November 6, 2018.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Montgomery, Mattie (October 22, 2018). "This weekend we will be in Detriot". Facebook. Retrieved on November 6, 2018.
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