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Hurt was an Alternative Rock band, formed in Virginia in 2000. The band produced two albums, "Hurt", and "The Consumation" independently. The albums "Vol.I" and "Vol.II" were their first release under a major record label, with Capital Records. The band was dropped from Capitol Records after they did not prove to be financially successful. They then went on to produce "Goodbye to the Machine" and "The Crux" independently with Amusement Records. The band has many songs that feature creative word play, and meaningful symbolism.

Not to be confused with the Synth-Pop duo Hurts.

Current Members:

  • J. Loren Wince: Lead singer, guitar, violin (2000-present).
  • Victor Ribas: Drummer and backing vocals (2010-present.)

Notable Former Members

  • Paul Spatola: Lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2004-2011)
  • Josh Ansley: Bass, backing vocals (2004-2008)
  • Evan Johns: Drums (2004-2008)
  • Louie Sciancalepore: Drums (2008-2010)
  • Rek Mohr: Bass (2008-2013)
  • Michael Roberts: Guitar, backing vocals (2009-2012)


  • Hurt (self-titled EP; 2000)
  • The Consumation (2003; rereleased to a wider audience in 2008 as The Re-Consumation)
  • Vol. I (2006)
  • Vol. II (2007)
  • Goodbye to the Machine (2009)
  • The Crux (2012)

Hurt provides examples of:

  • Bondage Is Bad: "Cuffed" comes off this way; it's apparently criticizing loveless sex but the fact it's also bondage is telling.
  • Break-Up Song: Probably the most common theme throughout Hurt's discography, whether they're singing about a breakup in progress ("Losing", "How We End Up Alone"), lamenting one that already happened ("Falls Apart", "Aftermath"), or being pissed about one that already happened ("So When", possibly "Got Jealous".)
  • BSoD Song: "Overdose." Loren's singing becomes increasingly loud, desperate and generally unhinged as the song progresses.
  • Chronological Album Title: Vol. I and II, the band's first releases under a major record label (though not their first releases overall, see above.)
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: The narrator of "Got Jealous", whose lyrics describe getting high and attempting to murder somebody for spending too much time with the object of his affections.
  • Digital Piracy Is Evil: Mentioned in "Flowers," ironically right alongside a Take That! to their old record label.
  • Driven to Suicide: The narrator of "Well," although it fails (the gun isn't loaded.)
  • Drugs Are Bad: The view taken by the narrator in "Loded" towards the person trying to get him involved in their drug addiction.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Two separate comparisons are made to "a needle in the eye" on The Crux, in the otherwise-unrelated songs "Eden" and "The Seer".
    • Implied in "Got Jealous":
    Then I wanted his eyes more than she wanted his eyes
    So he never could see the sun
  • False Rape Accusation: The woman in "Pandora" threatens the narrator with this if he doesn't Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • Grief Song: "House Carpenter," "That (Such A Thing)", and "Alone With The Sea" all have lines referencing the death of one or more loved ones.
  • Hidden Track: "Flowers" is attached to the end of "That (Such A Thing)" on the album, although it's also available as a bonus download to people who bought the album new.
  • Love Hurts: Bad breakups, death of loved ones, and abusive relationships are all common themes in Hurt's lyrics. Basically, no song of theirs involving a romantic relationship has a happy ending.
  • Metal Scream: Wince uses the Metal Scream very rarely, but the last couple minutes of "Overdose" are a prominent example. The song starts out with him singing in a near-whisper, but he rises to a near-unintelligible growling scream for the final verse.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: The first two songs on Goodbye to the Machine: "Got Jealous", about a Crazy Jealous Guy on the run after attacking his obsession's new flame, and "Pandora", about a woman blackmailing the man she's having an affair with into helping take out her husband for his life insurance.
  • Obsession Song: "Got Jealous", whose narrator gets so obsessed with the idea of someone else being with his lover that he tries to Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • Protest Song: "Wars," as one might expect from the title. The lyrics seem to be from the point of view of someone who helped develop some kind of major weapon and now regrets it.
  • Religion Rant Song: "Adonai" is a type 1 (Rage Against the Heavens); "Rapture" and "Talking to God" are both type 2 (religion as a pernicious influence). Various religions (and atheists) get a bit of poking at in "Flowers", along with just about everything else.