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First Blood

Metallic hardcore unit First Blood emerged out of San Francisco's Bay Area in 2002, formed on the side by Terror members Carl Schwartz (vocals) and Doug Weber (guitar), both of whom had also previously played in Sworn Vengeance. Socially and politically aware in their approach (Schwartz is a staunch vegan), First Blood were never intended to be a full-time gig. Yet the band made local waves right from the start, playing its first gig with hardcore icons Cro-Mags. In 2003, First Blood (at this time rounded out by drummer Nate and bassist Joe) made their recorded debut with a self-titled EP through Division 36 Records (distributed via Bridge Nine) and played a spot on Syracuse, New York's annual Hellfest. The guys followed up the next year on a split 7" with Philadelphia's Blacklisted; it was issued through Deathwish Inc. and featured new members Nick Jett (drums, also of Terror), Manuel Peralez (bass), and Kyle Dixon (second guitar, ex-Embrace the End). Outside obligations with other bands had caused problems and turnover over time, so when Schwartz decided to go with First Blood full-time -- his last Terror tour was in the fall of 2005 -- he needed dedicated musicians around him. He eventually found such stability alongside Dixon, Peralez, guitarist Daniel Fletcher, and drummer Mike Orris, Jr.; the drumming position still remained in flux from the studio to the road, however. Hooking up with Trustkill, the band embarked on an early 2006 tour with Ignite and Comeback Kid, leading into the spring release of First Blood's first full-length, Killafornia. First Blood's much anticipated sophomore outing, Silence Is Betrayal, was released in 2008, but it would be nearly a decade before they would head back into the studio. In 2016 they inked a deal with Pure Noise, which released their third LP, Rules, the following year. ~ Corey Apar
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  1.   Song
  2.   Suffocate
  3.   Rules Meant to Be Broken
  4.   Rules of Crisis
  5.   Rules of Freedom
  6.   Next Time I See You You're Dead by Bleeding Through
  7.   Rules of Survival
  8.   Rules of Engagement
  9.   Rules of Conviction
  10.   Armageddon
  11.   Regimen
  12.   Conflict
  13.   Execution
  14.   First Blood
  15.   Tides
  16.   These Are the Rules
  17.   Just Look Around
  18.   Fuck the Rules
  19.   Victim
  20.   Rules of Sacrifice
  21.   Rules of Government
  22.   Conspiracy
  23.   Unbroken
  24.   Rules of Justice
  25.   Rules of Life

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