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Vicious metal-edged hardcore group First Blood is gearing up for the release of new album, "Rules," on February 10th via Pure Noise Records. In anticipation, the band today streams this new record in its entirety ahead of time - check it out below.
First Blood comes out swinging with "Rules," the band's first album in seven years that was produced by recording mastermind Will Putney at Graphic Nature Studios (formerly known as The Machine Shop) in Belleville, NJ.
Elaborating on the album title, vocalist Carl Schwartz says: "Rules are everywhere. Explicit rules. Unwritten rules. Unspoken rules. The rule of law. Some rules we accept. Others we hate or choose to ignore. Frequently, those who set the rules are found guilty of breaking those rules. Many have become victims of the rules they live by, either by conquest or consent. I hope that, after listening to this album and reading the lyrics, we can revisit and remind ourselves of the very essence of the underground music scene: Living our own lives by our own rules." More...
Vicious metal-edged hardcore heroes First Blood just premiered new track, “These Are The Rules." This song is featured on the band’s forthcoming album, "Rules," due out on February 10th via Pure Noise Records and up for pre-order here.
Talking on new track, vocalist Carl Schwartz says: “This song serves as a 'preamble' for the concept of this album. Rules. Who sets the rules? What rules? Why should we care? Well, these are the rules that control nearly every aspect of our lives. We serve. We sacrifice. We corrupt. We pollute. We hate. We torture. We oppress. And we kill.
"But it's okay, because positions of power say it's okay. Public opinion (or lack thereof) says it's okay. Laws of the state say it's okay. Accept these terms and everything will be okay. Dare to question them and you will pay. These are the rules... This is reality. Some things we might never change, but at the very least I say, "Don't stop fighting for what you believe if you're to rise up from this hate.”
On this first album in seven years, First Blood has come out swinging. Produced by recording mastermind Will Putney at Graphic Nature Studios (formerly known as The Machine Shop) in Belleville, NJ, "Rules" features 12 tracks of the band's hardest, yet most inward-looking material to date. More...
Vicious metal-edged hardcore band First Blood has officially joined Pure Noise Records and will release new album, "Rules," on February 10th. Fans can now pre-order the record here and watch the band’s pummeling video for the new song “Rules of Life” below.
First Blood’s union with Pure Noise Records marks a new chapter for the band joining the label’s eclectic roster, which includes fellow hardcore acts like Terror, Knocked Loose, Senses Fail and more.
"Not only has Jake (Round) at Pure Noise been there and seen us during our earlier days back in the San Francisco Bay Area, but he has worked hard and created a tremendous record label that continues to make a huge impact in the underground music scene worldwide,” says vocalist Carl Schwartz. “We are proud to join the Pure Noise roster, excited to share our newest album with the world, and thankful for the new life. FIRST BLOOD RULES 2017."
Produced by recording mastermind Will Putney at Graphic Nature Studios (formerly known as The Machine Shop) in Belleville, NJ, "Rules" features 12 tracks of the band's hardest, yet most inward-looking material to date.
Elaborating on the album title, Schwartz adds, "Rules are everywhere. Explicit rules. Unwritten rules. Unspoken rules. The rule of law. Some rules we accept. Others we hate or choose to ignore. Frequently, those who set the rules are found guilty of breaking those rules. Many have become victims of the rules they live by, either by conquest or consent. I hope that, after listening to this album and reading the lyrics, we can revisit and remind ourselves of the very essence of the underground music scene: Living our own lives by our own rules." More...
Bullet Tooth has released a free 10 song 2012 summer sampler featuring bands on the label's roster. Head over to this location to download the sampler (email registration required). The bands on the sampler include:
Deception Of A Ghost
Memphis May Fire
Most Precious Blood
Throw The Fight
Throwdown has revealed a slew of new details surrounding the band's upcoming "Brawloween" tour happening later this month. The band has announced the following touring lineup which is comprised of both familiar faces as well as some guests:
DAVE PETERS (vocals) (Throwdown 2000 - present)
MARK MITCHELL (bass) (Throwdown 2007 - present)
DAVE NASSIE (guitar) (Bleeding Through / ex-No Use For A Name)
TIM "YOGI" WATTS (drums) (Demon Hunter, ex-The Showdown)
Front man Dave Peters comments, "I can't say I love having a chronically fragmented lineup for Throwdown, but it does leave the door open for cool opportunities like this. I'm VERY happy to be playing these shows with Yogi and Nassie as 'special guests' or whatever you want to call them under the circumstances. They're great guys and equally great musicians. It will be a cool thing for fans of the three bands too, as it's hard to say if or when we'd share a stage in the future. The only drawback is running the risk of them setting the sound bar too high for the next time we play in our backyard."
Throwdown will headline the first annual "Brawloween," a brand new tour event which will stretch across the West Coast with support from Carnifex, First Blood, and Suffokate. Details are as follows:
10/21 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
10/22 - Bakersfield, CA @ Jerrys Pizza
10/23 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
10/24 - Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy's
10/25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Underground
10/26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe
10/27 - Reno, NV @ The Alley
10/28 - Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
10/29 - Temecula, CA @ The Vault
10/30 - Long Beach, CA @ Shore Ultra Lounge
10/31 - Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe
The organisers of the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault festival has announced a further three confirmations for this year's event. Newly added to the bill are Scottish hardcore punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden and American mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan. The festival will take place from August 11th-13th in Josefov, Czech Republic.
The lineup is as follows: More...
The full list of bands and dates for which they will appear has been announced for the forthcoming New England Metal And Hardcore Festival. The 2011 edition of the event is set to take place between Thursday April 14, Friday April 15, and Saturday April 16 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussets. The festival lineup is as follows:
Thursday, April 14:
OUR LAST NIGHT
STRAY FROM THE PATH
ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS
BULLET FOR PRETTY BOY
ARMOR FOR THE BROKEN
THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE
I THE BREATHER
ACROSS THE SUN
TOO LATE THE HERO
A PLEA FOR PURGING
THE CRIMSON ARMADA
Bullet Tooth is currently offering an eight song sampler as a free download through Amazon.com. You can download the tracks at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Affiance "Call To The Warrior"
2. Victory In Numbers "The King Is Dead"
3. Most Precious Blood "A Danger To Myself And Others"
4. Deception Of A Ghost "In Case You Forgot"
5. Kid Liberty "Coolguy Deluxe!"
6. First Blood "Enemy"
7. Memphis May Fire "Action/Adventure"
8. The Great American Beast "Lord Of The Dance"
San Francisco, California metal act First Blood has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album "Silence Is Betrayal." "Silence Is Betrayal" is set for release on November 9, 2010 through Bullet Tooth Records.
Here is the "Silence Is Betrayal" tracklisting:
11. Occupation (bonus)
12. Fascism (bonus)
14. Messenger (bonus)
15. Survive (bonus_
16. Armageddon II
Miami's Thick as Blood has announced the following "Wrath Of Sanity Tour" North American tour dates with Earth Crisis and First Blood:
4/22 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4/23 Worcester, MA @ Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Fest)
4/24 Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater
4/25 Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
4/27 Quebec City, QC @ L'agite
4/28 Montreal, QC @ L'Acceuil Inconditionnel
4/29 Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's
4/30 Altoona, PA @ The Urban Warzone
5/01 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/xTyrantx
5/02 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
5/03 Grand Rapids, MI @ Section Live
5/04 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
5/05 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
5/07 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre w/White Chapel
FIRST BLOOD kick off a 2 week tour with Agnostic Front tomorrow in Hollywood. Check out all the dates at KillerTours. The Bay Area band will be playing new songs at these shows that will come out on the new album, "Silence Is Betrayal," in early 2009. More...
BLOOD STANDS STILL have posted the track "Increase The Pressure," featuring guest vocals from First Blood vocalist Carl Schwartz, on their MySpace profile. The song comes from the band's album "Salvation Through Struggle," which has a release date of May 27th through Mediaskare.
The band has also lined up a short west coast run with friends Lose None.
BLOOD STANDS STILL tour dates are as follows:
5/30 Westlake Village, CA – Kung Fu Corner (w/ xAFBx, Salt The Wound)
(w/ Lose None)
6/07 Reno, NV – TBA
6/08 Boise, ID – TBA
6/09 Spokane, WA – The Blvd.
6/10 Vancouver, BC – The Sweatshop
6/11 Vancouver, WA – Pistol's Skate Shop
6/12 Tacoma, WA – Viaduct
6/13 TBA, OR – TBA
6/14 San Jose, CA – MACLA
6/15 San Bernadino, CA – Hudson Theatre (SummerSlam w/ The Acacia Strain and others)
New York-based metal/hardcore band MERAUDER will be entering Big Blue Meenie recording studio on June 10th. Big Blue Meenie Originally built in 1981 as Quantum Sound, have had an array of artists record in their studio of all genres like RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, INXS, P.O.D., EVANESCENCE, and CREED.
Merauder has also enlisted Bobby Blood (CREMATORIUM, FIRST BLOOD) as their new drummer.
Merauder will be on tour in Europe throughout July and playing the Dour Open Air Festival in Belgium and Zwarte Cross Open Air Festival Lichtenvoorde Holland. Full tour schedule to be announced shortly.
Animosity unleashes the video for the song “Teeth Grinder” for world premiere April 11 on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Blog. Following its blogosphere release, the video will make its television debut April 12 on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball.
Under the direction of skate video extraordinaire Richie Valdez (Job For A Cowboy, Every Time I Die), Animosity randomly explores San Francisco in typical Animosity fashion with its goofy antics and running-a-muck silliness. Vocalist Leo Miller didn’t use his parent’s, contemporary-art-lined house for “Teeth Grinder’s” filming like he did for “The Black Page.” The band instead took its shenanigans to the gritty streets, hilariously ravaging several cultural attributes that epitomize San Francisco.
Animosity first hit the scene in 2000, when most of the members were only 15 years old, with a blistering brand of death metal/hardcore that sought to defy stereotypes and spit in the face of the mainstream. Almost two years after their Black Market Activities debut, Animosity is back and poised to showcase their tremendous talent and growth with “Animal.”
You can catch Animosity on tour on the following dates: More...
Sacramento, California's EMBRACE THE END have returned with their sophomore album, "Ley Lines", which was produced by Zach Ohren (AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK, ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS) with artwork courtesy of Paul Romano (MASTODON, TRIVIUM). Once
"Ley Lines" is set for an April 15 release and the entire album can now be streamed at the band's new e-card.
With a sound inspired by both metal and hardcore alike, EMBRACE THE END proves to be uncompromising in aggression and unmatched in their sound. Using a deft fusion of scathing blast beats amid a torrent of seismic breakdowns their musicianship is supreme and devastating.
The group will join up with HEAVEN SHALL BURN and THE GHOST INSIDE for a nationwide trek this month, which will lead them immediately into a run with ANIMOSITY, FIRST BLOOD and FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS. More...
The complete lineup for the 10th Anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, set for weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts has been confirmed.
The largest and most successful metal festival in the United States will be presented this year by ESP, Randall, EMG, exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, and "Summer Slaughter Tour" second stage sponsor Sumerian Records.
"When we first started, we never could have much this festival would have grown," said festival co-founder Scott Lee. "It started out of our love for metal and it’s been amazing to be able to share that with fans who love it as much as we do. It’s also gratifying to be able to give exposure to up-and-coming bands and watch them develop into international stars."
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Doors will open Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday will kick off the full two-stage set up at 11:30 a.m. with for the Fallen Dreams, Veil of Maya, Trap Them, COCKPUNCH!, Xtryrantx, Winds of Plague, From A Second Story Window, Soilent Green, Arsis, Sleeping Giant, Stick to Your Guns, First Blood, Disfear, Municipal Waste, The Ghost Inside, Embrace the End, The End, Keep Of Kalessin, Monstrosity, Skeletonwitch, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Heaven Shall Burn, Vital Remains, Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, The Acacia Strain, Overkill, Behemoth, Shadows Fall, and Dimmu Borgir.
Sunday’s lineup includes Classic Struggle, Stray from the Path, Waking the Cadaver, Unholy, Cold World, Recon, Elysia, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, On Broken Wings, Dead to Fall, Full Blown Chaos, Ligeia, Since the Flood, Shai Hulud, Hemlock, After the Burial, Unexpect, Thy Will Be Done, Born of Osiris, Impending Doom, Kid Deposit Triumph, Vanna, Emmure, A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon, God Forbid, Eluveitie, Tyr, Turisas, Ensiferum, Nevermore, Meshuggah, and Ministry. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The full schedule of set times will be announced soon.
The festival will also host the popular vendor area, where fans can pick up an assortment of rare CDs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. Artists performing at the show will be on hand for meet and greets throughout the three days.
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, MTV’s Headbanger’s Blog, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.
Tickets are $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass.
Tickets are available at all Strawberries and FYE Stores, online at tickets.com and enterthevault.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849.
The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, MA.
First round of dates for ANIMOSITY’s tour of the US have been released. Support acts and routing are as follows:
Animosity with First Blood, and For The Fallen Dreams
April 7 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
April 8 - San Francisco, CA @ TBA
April 9 - Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project
April 10 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
April 11 - Fresno, CA @ The Exit
April 12 - Palmdale, CA @ Palmdale Vets Hall
April 13 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
April 15 - El Paso, TX @ Chic’s Bar and Billards
April 16 - Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
April 17 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
April 18 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
April 19 - Lewisville, TX @ Fat Daddy’s Sound Shack
Animosity with THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD
April 20 - Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
April 21 - Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
April 22 - Wilmington, NC @ Lucky’s Pub
April 23 - Fredericksburg, VA @ KC’s Music Alley
April 24 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
April 25 - Lemoyne, PA @ Champion Ship
April 26 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NEMHCF)
April 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
Animosity with EMBRACE THE END
April 29 - Toronto, ON @ Reverb
April 30 - Montreal, QC @ Club Lambi
May 1 - TBA
May 2 - Warren, MI @ The Ritz
May 3 - Cleveland, OH @ TBA
May 4 - Elgin, IL @ Savage Events Center
May 5 - Milwaukee, WI @ TBA
May 6 - St. Louis, MO @ 2 Cents Plain
May 7 - Joplin, MO @ The Foundry
May 8 - Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge
May 9 - Denver, CO @ TBA
May 10 - Utah @ TBA
May 11 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
May 12 - Spokane, WA @ TBA
May 13 - Seattle, WA @ TBA
May 14 - Portland, OR @ TBA
This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.
This year’s show, presented by ESP, Randall, EMG, and exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, will take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., its home since its inception. Sumerian Records will sponsor the “Summer Slaughter Tour” second stage.
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Saturday will be headlined by Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, and Behemoth. Ministry, Meshuggah, and Nevermore will close out the festival on Sunday night.
Other bands scheduled to perform include: A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Belay My Last, Born of Osiris, Braindrill, Classic Struggle, Cockpunch!, Cold World, Dead to Fall, Demiricous, Dillinger Escape Plan, Disfear, Eluveitie, Elysia, Embrace the End, Emmure, The End, Ensiferum, First Blood, From a Second Story Window, Full Blown Chaos, The Ghost Inside, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Hemlock, High on Fire, Impending Doom, Job for a Cowboy, Keep Of Kalessin, Kid Deposit Triumph, Ligeia, Mensrea, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, On Broken Wings, Overkill, Recon, Red I Flight, Rhinoceros, Shai Halud, Shipwreck a.d., Since the Flood, Skeletonwitch, Sleeping Giant, Soilent Green, Sons of Azrael, Stick to Your Guns, Stray from the Path, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Trap Them, Turisas, Tyr, Unexpect, Unholy, Vanna, Veil of Maya, Vital Remains, Waking the Cadaver, Winds of Plague, Withered, and Xtyrantx.
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.
Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. The cost is $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass. Tickets available at all Strawberries / FYE Stores, by calling (800) 477-6849 or online at tickets.com.
First Blood is recording a new album for Trustkill Records with engineer Zach Ohren (Light This City). Titled "Silence Is Betrayal," the effort should be available in late-spring/early-summer. Here's the official word from frontman Carl Schwartz:
"I can't believe it has been almost 2 years since the release of our debut full-length album 'Killafornia' on Trustkill Records. Well, thankfully there hasn't been a shortage of stuff in the world to be pissed-off about, so this upcoming album will be nothing short of brutal - and quite possibly the most critical, condemning, and controversial material we will ever release.
"For fans of First Blood - Yes, this album will be every bit as heavy and crushing as the first, and then some. But the focus of this album resides in the message. There is simply too much going on in the world today to ignore, and if we are going to dedicate our time and lives to writing music and constantly touring the world while getting very little in return, then we might as well make it worth it and make a fucking statement. I find this world becoming increasingly hostile while the powers that be continue to undertake massive efforts to induce us all into passivity, conformity, and false sense of comfort. Well, life is not comfortable and it is our turn to 'stir the pot.'"
Southern California hardcore group The Warriors will headline the "Borderline Insanity Tour" with support from First Blood, Too Pure To Die, and Since The Flood beginning June 8th. The trek will serve as a preview to their Victory Records debut, "Genuine Sense Of Outrage."
"Genuine Sense of Outrage" was produced by Cameron Webb (Social Distortion, Motorhead) and features guest vocals by Motorhead's Lemmy Kilminster and Comeback Kid's Andrew Neufeld. "'Genuine Sense Of Outrage' touches base on many concepts including truths that reflect directly on our human condition as a whole," Warriors vocalist Marshall Lichtenwaldt says. "It's about stepping outside of ourselves and realizing that we are all the same. We are all enraged. This record is dedicated to those who truly embrace this culture and realize that these are more than words on a page." The album will hit streets in August, and the track listing is as follows: More...