Shortly after the album's release, and in the midst of blessthefall's debut European tour, Mabbitt announced he was leaving the band to spend more time with his family. Later, he pleaded to be allowed back into the band, but was replaced with Beau Bokan, formerly of Take the Crown
. (Mabbitt later joined Escape the Fate
.) With Bokan on board, blessthefall toured before signing with Fearless Records
in early 2009 and heading into the studio with Michael Baskette to record their sophomore album, Witness. They toured Australia and New Zealand in support of the album before Mike Frisby left the band early in 2011 to be replaced by Elliott Gruenberg, formerly of Legacy. They skipped that year's Warped Tour in order to focus on recording their third album, Awakening, which gave them their biggest hit to date, debuting at number 32 on the Billboard charts.
Recording began on their fourth album in April 2013 and they finally made it onto the Warped Tour to promote the release, Hollow Bodies, which was produced by Joey Sturgis and released in August of that year. Featuring appearances by members of August Burns Red
and Stick to Your Guns
, the album was well received by fans, and hit number 15 on the Billboard Top 200. Blessthefall toured North America in 2014, and participated in the Warped Tour's 2015 lineup. The band's fifth full-length album, To Those Left Behind, appeared in September 2015. Following several years of hard touring, blessthefall netted a deal with Rise Records
, which released their Tyler Smyth-produced sixth effort, Hard Feelings, in early 2018. ~ John D. Buchanan & Stewart Mason, Rovi