Hailing from Brighton, England, the Hurt Process sought to prove that it wasn't just American screamo bands that could skillfully combine metal, punk, emo, and hardcore into dynamic and emotional songs. Appearing on the scene in the early 2000s, the guys -- vocalists Mark Andrews and Daniel Laurence, guitarists Tom Diamond and Alun Burnet-Smith, drummer Darren Toms, and bassist Duncan McGilvary -- released the mini-album Another Day in late 2002 through Loudspeaker to the high praise of the U.K. press. A vigorous live show and much touring helped foster their fan base, as they played gigs with bands like Taking Back Sunday, Atreyu, and Silverstein.
In 2003 came the release of the Last Goodbye EP, along with their debut full-length on Golf Records, Drive By Monologue, issued again to critical praise at home. The latter album saw a North American release in March 2004 through Chicago's Victory Records, and the guys played a handful of dates on the summer's Warped Tour to strengthen their U.S. following. Lineup changes stripped the Hurt Process down to a quintet after the departure of Andrews, and they further replaced Burnet-Smith with Adam Yeoman on guitar. The quintet followed up in May 2005 with the more focused A Heartbeat Behind, supporting it on the road with Aiden and more. Toms parted ways with the band that summer and Yeoman switched to drums to make room for new guitarist Jordan Schulze. The early months of 2006 also brought the band a new vocalist, Ivan Ferreira, in place of Laurence; all of the Hurt Process' shows were then suddenly canceled midsummer and breakup speculations began. ~ Corey Apar