It Dies Today

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It Dies Today
It Dies Today Live in Southgate Michigan.jpg
It Dies Today live in Southgate, MI, 2008.
Background information
Origin Buffalo, New York
Genres Metalcore[1]
Years active 2001–present
Labels Trustkill Records
Life Sentence Records
Associated acts Still Remains
Queen City Station
Thoughts In Reverse
The March
Bear Mace
Members Nicholas Brooks
Mike Hatalak
Chris Cappelli
Nick Mirusso
Steve Lemke
Past members Jason Wood
Seth Thompson
Joe Cuonze
Steve Sanchez

It Dies Today (sometimes abbreviated "IDT") is a metalcore[1] band that formed in Buffalo, New York during September, 2001.[2]


It Dies Today formed in August 2001[2] in Buffalo, New York and was originally composed of vocalist Nicholas Brooks, guitarist Chris Cappelli and guitarist Steve Lemke (who now plays bass). During their formation, most of the band members were only 16 years old. Their initial release was a three-track demo titled Let the Angels Whisper Your Name, recorded in late 2001. The following year, It Dies Today released an EP titled Forever Scorned, which led to the band touring the U.S. with artists such as Between the Buried and Me and Alexisonfire.

In 2003, Lemke switched to bass as guitarist Mike Hatalak joined. Prior to joining It Dies Today, Hatalak played in bands called Short of Breath,[3] Plain of Ashes, and Stricture. The group eventually signed with Trustkill Records,[2] home to hardcore heavyweights such as Throwdown, Eighteen Visions, and Bleeding Through.

Fall 2004 brought about the release of the band's debut full-length The Caitiff Choir.[2] The album sold over 25,000 copies within four months and allowing the band to sell out two national headlining tours with support from Twelve Tribes, Anterrabae, Trivium and others. Alternative Press named them a "Band To Know" in 2005.

In 2005, It Dies Today went on a whirlwind of tours including supporting Bleeding Through, Walls of Jericho, All That Remains, and Throwdown, as well as appearing on the PETA-sponsored "Compassion Over Fashion" tour with Most Precious Blood and Remembering Never. The group also supported metal bands such as God Forbid, Machine Head and The Haunted, as well as securing a spot on the coveted Ozzfest second-stage in the summer of 2005.[4] The following summer, the band was scheduled to take part in the Van's Warped Tour but had to cancel due to a vocal injury sustained by Brooks.[5]

It Dies Today spent 2006, writing and recording their follow-up album, with producers Gggarth and Ben Kaplan. Co-producing were vocalist Nick Brooks and guitarist Mike Hatalak, who owns his own studio called DWS Studios in Niagara Falls, New York.[6]

On October 17, 2006, It Dies Today released Sirens,[7] which was followed by a U.S. tour. On January 17, 2007 it was announced that Brooks had left the band and that his replacement would be Jason Wood,[8] whom they met while on tour with Still Remains. Before joining It Dies Today, Jason, a Grand Rapids, Michigan native, was the vocalist for the metal outfits Kamilla and The Orphan.

Later that year, the band played Warped Tour[9] alongside Still Remains, Throwdown, Poison the Well, As I Lay Dying, and Parkway Drive, among others.

It Dies Today spent the latter half of 2007 working on their third album, breaking in early 2008 for a small tour before getting back to work for the remainder of the year. After several delays in recording, as well as push-backs by Trustkill Records, the new album Lividity was released on September 15, 2009.[10]

Their song "Sacred Heart (Sacre Coeur)" was featured in the 2009 film Jennifer's Body.

On August 13, 2009, it was announced that the band will be playing at Australia's Soundwave Festival in 2010.

The band played at the Mountain Metal Mayhem Festival in Berlin, NH on August 14, 2010 with Within The Ruins, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Threat Signal, Thy Will Be Done, Unearth, and local support.

In September 2010, former vocalist Nick Brooks and current It Dies Today guitarist Mike Hatalak formed a new hardcore band called The March. They have since recorded and posted demos on the band's MySpace page.

Rumors of a break-up starting to spread due the lack of updates but in December 2010 drummer Nicholas Mirusso posted on the band Facebook account "We are currently on an indefinite hiatus. No promising news to give at the moment, other than we've all been submerged into the "real" world. Thank you all for still giving a s**t. Means more than you know."

In October 2011, their Facebook account uploaded two unreleased tracks entitled “Pee Wee…Listen To Reason” and a cover of Alice In Chains' “Them Bones”.

On November 23, 2011, the band announced a reunion show with original vocalist Nicholas Brooks. Days after the January 28, 2012 performance, guitarist Mike Hatalak publicly stated that It Dies Today is no longer a band. Less than a month later, this statement would be retracted when the band stated that their new EP will be out on December, 12th, 2012. Someone from the band said; "Yes patience please. We are no longer in our early 20's living at our parents' house. We have jobs responsibilities and new families we've created. We're not bound by a label, so true fans will appreciate the time we're investing in this."

On January 19, 2014, a video featuring a new recording, presumably by Mike Hatalak, was posted on Facebook on the It Dies Today - Official Page. No further indication has been made in regards to a new album.


  • Nicholas Brooks – lead vocals (2001–2007, 2012–present)
  • Chris Cappelli – guitars (2001–present)
  • Steve Lemke – bass guitar, backing vocals (2003–present), guitars (2001–2003)
  • Mike Hatalak – guitars (2003–present)
  • Nick Mirusso – drums, percussion (2002–present)
  • Jason Wood – lead vocals (2007–2012)
  • Seth Thompson – bass (2001–2003)
  • Joe Cuonze – drums (2001)
  • Jimmy Revson – drums (2002)


Studio albums[edit]

EPs and Demos[edit]

  • 2001: Let the Angels Whisper Your Name
  • 2002: Forever Scorned (re-released in 2006)