(See a slideshow of photos from the final Haste the Day concert)

It's a typically cold January afternoon in Indianapolis and Mike Murphy, bassist for local Christian metalcore band Haste the Day, is on

his way to his group's last rehearsal.

After 10 years and five

albums, Haste the Day has decided to call it quits. They're embarking on one

last tour with Mychildren Mybride, The Chariot and A Plea for Purging as

support. It ends Friday at the Egyptian

Room, a venue Murphy has always wanted to top a bill at.

"I grew up going to shows there,"

he said by phone. "One of my favorites was P.O.D. Since that show I've wanted

to headline there."

Expect an hour-plus set from the

band that pulls from their entire discography, including their self-produced

debut EP, That They May Know You. The

final performance will also feature a one-off reunion show by Still Remains, a

Grand Rapids band that was on Roadrunner Records and performed during the '00s.

"We kind of grew up with those

guys, got signed around the same time," Murphy said. "They're a great band.

That'll be cool."

Perhaps most important of all, the

original Haste the Day lineup will reconvene for a song or more. That includes

singer Jimmy Ryan, guitarist Brennan Chaulk and his drummer brother Devin, and

guitarist Jason Barnes. Murphy is the only original member still in the band.

He's remained close to all the former Hasters. There's always a pre-tour party

in his Westfield home when everyone gets back together.

"It's a pretty tight family old and new," Murphy said.

Just saying "last band rehearsal"

was, for Murphy, "a weird thing to get my mind around." He's experienced a

range of emotions going into this final jaunt, from excitement to sadness.

"This is all I've really done

since high school," said Murphy, who formed Haste the Day with the Chaulk

brothers at Carmel High School in 2001 before adding Barnes and recruiting

Ryan. "It's the only thing I'm used to doing, so it's sad to only do it one

last time. But at the same time it's really exciting, so it's definitely

bittersweet. It's going to be emotional, but I'm also excited about the next

chapter in my life, whatever that may be. It's exciting and scary at the same


Murphy doesn't yet have a plan

beyond this tour. He's considered returning to school, but doesn't want to jump

into anything too fast.

"Music and performance, this scene

is what I've been passionate about for a long time – for as long as I can

remember," Murphy said. "I haven't really concentrated on any of my other

passions or really given them much consideration. I'm just going to kind of

float for a little bit until I get some inspiration as to what I want to do


There are multiple reasons why the

members in the current lineup – Murphy, singer Stephen Keech, guitarists Dave Krysl and Scotty Whelan and drummer Giuseppe Capolupo –

have decided to disband.

"We've been doing it for so long, No. 1, and we've gone

through so many member changes along the way," Murphy said. "But through all

that we made our best record (2010's Attack of the Wolf King). A few of us are wanting to move on to other things in

our lives. The music scene we're a part of has changed so much over the course

of (our) career that it's a different place now than it was even a couple years


That has mainly to do with musical style. Haste the Day has

always fit comfortably into the metalcore genre, an aggregate of metal and punk

with a generous dose of melody and a penchant for ferocious half-measures.

"It used to be really aggressive and I think more honest than

it is now," Murphy said of their musical scene. "It's certainly getting bigger

and has broad appeal to people. The kids seem to be getting younger, but maybe

I'm just getting older. When we tour we still do well, but not as well as we

used to. I feel like our time has come and went. We want to do a last tour

while we can still go out on a high note, with some respect and dignity instead

of just driving this thing into the ground."

Besides, Murphy has already

accomplished everything he wanted to with Haste the Day.

"I got signed to my favorite record label (Solid State), got

to play and tour with my heroes, meet a lot of amazing people and make connections

with people at shows," he said. "I got to play the music I love with the people

I love. I got to see the world and fulfill all my little rock-star fantasies,

like shooting videos. I'm very fortunate and feel blessed to be able to do it."

Murphy has always said he wants

Haste the Day to be a positive force in metal music. Over the years he's heard

from countless young fans how their songs helped them

through family issues and suicidal feelings. Military veterans have told him

they listened to Haste the Day to help them cope with the pressures of combat. Murphy

sounded especially thoughtful as he recounted that aspect of his band's


"We've really

strived to be that light in the dark scene we're a part of," he said. "We

wanted to be something positive and encourage people to pursue their passions and

find out who God wants them to be, just awaken people to the fact that they're

amazing and beautiful. I think we've been able to do that. I hope we've been

able to do that."