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First Blood

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Latest First Blood News

Below is our complete First Blood news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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First Blood Recording New Album

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.'"

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The Warriors Prepare To Release New Album

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...

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Born From Pain Singer Leaves Band

Vocalist Che Snelting has officially left Dutch metalcore band Born From Pain after ten years with the group. Snelting has released the following statement:

"In the summer of '97 I bought a ticket for a rollercoaster ride called Born From Pain, and got more than I bargained for. Ever since the very first beginning I played so many shows, met even more great people and learned a lot about the world, music and especially me as a person. During the last year and a half however, I started struggling with my priorities and found out I wasn't into the band that much anymore as I was in our early career. This resulted in one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make in my life; me quitting Born From Pain. I found myself not being able to put energy into the band outside of the live shows, and later it became even harder and harder for me to get into the tour van to go to shows. I felt like I was lightly burnt out by a lot of things and especially Born From Pain. This led to me estranging from the band, to a certain extent, and I started thinking about a life without Born From Pain. The more I thought about it, the more I started to like the idea about having a regular life, a normal career and different hobbies without Born From Pain 'dictating' my life.

Like I said I had some great times with this band, but this is as far as I can take it. I have no more energy nor the will to push it any further than I have done up until this point. Me staying in the band would only keep the band behind, and that is not something I wish to happen to Born From Pain. Born From Pain has always been a band that pushed its limits and a band is only as strong as its weakest link. I will still be active in the music scene, but more on the background, like managing and advising bands. I will be playing music as well but that will be on a hobby basis. I'm happy the other guys decided to keep the machine rolling and that we're able to split in friendship. I'd like to thank everyone who supported me and Born From Pain throughout the years as well as GSR music, Metal Blade Records, Hollowman, M.A.D. and their entire staff for believing in this crazy thing that I helped create...Last but not least I wish Karl, Rob, Roel and Dom all the luck they deserve with Born From Pain in the future. The war is still on..."

Notably, First Blood singer Carl Schwartz is filling in for Snelting during Born From Pain's current European tour with First Blood.

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Hatebreed's Cover Of Sick Of It All's "Ratpack"

Two songs from the forthcoming SICK OF IT ALL tribute album — HATEBREED's version of "Ratpack" and BOUNCING SOULS' rendition of "Good Lookin' Out" — are available for listening on the Sick Of It All's MySpace page for the CD.

"Our Impact Will Be Felt" will hit shelves in the United States on April 24 through Abacus Recordings and features such additional heavy hitters such as SEPULTURA, RISE AGAINST, BLEEDING THROUGH, IGNITE and UNEARTH.

Each week leading up to the album's release there will be two new songs streaming for fans to listen to and get an inside preview of the album.

"Our Impact Will Be Felt" track listing:

01. RISE AGAINST - "Built To Last"
02. UNEARTH - "Clobberin Time/What's Going On"
03. HATEBREED - "Ratpack"
04. MADBALL - "Give Respect"
05. BLEEDING THROUGH - "The Truth"
06. COMEBACK KID - "Step Down"
07. IGNITE - "Cease Fire"
08. BOUNCING SOULS - "Good Lookin' Out"
09. PENNYWISE - "My Life"
10. KILL YOUR IDOLS - "Friends Like You"
11. SEPULTURA - "Scratch The Surface"
12. HIMSA - "Maladjusted"
14. FIRST BLOOD - "Just Look Around"
16. WALLS OF JERICHO - "Us Vs. Them"
17. SUICIDE MACHINES - "Goatless"
18. BANE - "We Stand Alone"
19. NO REDEEMING SOCIAL VALUE - "World Full Of Hate"
20. NAPALM DEATH - "Who Sets The Rules"

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Dead Hearts, First Blood, DBD, etc January Tour

Dead Hearts will spend Jan touring the US with First Blood, Death Before Dishonor and Bloodlined Calligraphy. Here are the tour dates:

01/05 Huntington, WV
01/06 Virginia Beach, VA
01/07 Wilmington, NC
01/08 Kernersville, NC
01/09 Augusta, GA
01/10 Winter Park, FL
01/11 Jacksonville, FL
01/12 Decatur, AL
01/13 Baton Rouge, LA
01/14 Dallas, TX
01/15 Houston, TX
01/16 San Antonio, Texas (and 2 tba)
01/19 Rialto, California (and 2 tba)
01/20 Fullerton, CA
01/22 Las Vegas, NV
01/23 Brawley, CA
01/25 Tulsa, OK
01/26 Little Rock, AR
01/27 Johnson City, TN (and Forwarned)
01/28 Lexington, Kentucky (and In the Cut)
01/29 Burbank, IL
01/30 Columbus, OH
01/31 Mt Clemens, MI More...

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Hatebreed Bassist To Sit Out European Tour

Hatebreed bassist Chris Beattie will sit out the bands European tour with Unearth and Twelve Tribes after injuring his right hand last week. First Blood bassist Carl Schwartz will fill in for Beattie on the tour.

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Path Of Resistance West Coast Tour Dates

Dates have been solidified for Path Of Resistance's upcoming West Coast mini-tour with First Blood, xDeathstarx, and Force Of Change. Here are the tour dates:

11/2 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
11/3 San Jose, CA @ The Cave
11/4 Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
11/5 Las Vegas, NV @ TBA

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Hatebreed Plan Headlining Tour After Ozzfest

Hatebreed will headline a full U.S. tour set to commence in September and run through October. The bill will feature support from the Black Dahlia Murder throughout, plus Napalm Death, Exodus, First Blood and Despised Icon. "We've never gone out on a headline run immediately following Ozzfest, and we've always wanted to, and we always felt we needed to, but there were always plans that superseded that," frontman Jamey Jasta said. "We're taking out a very extreme bill. We're going to call it maybe the Monsters of Mosh, something crazy like that. But it will be a good way for us to give back to the underground, extreme scenes, and also for us to go out and headline for the first time in a long, long time and do a full hour-and-a-half set with our new staging and new gear."

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Agnostic Front and First Blood European Tour Dates

Agnostic Front and First Blood will be touring Europe together this summer. Here are the latest confirmed tour dates (more coming soon):

06/23 Haarlem @ Patronat (Netherlands)
06/26 Saarbrücken @ Stoneage (Germany)
06/27 Will @ Remise (Switzerland)
07/02 Roitzschjora @ With Full Force (Germany)
07/03 Graz @ PPC (Austria) w/ Madball
07/05 Augsburg @ Kantine (Germany) w/ Evergreen Terrace
07/07 Würzburg @ AKW (Germany)
07/08 Stuttgart @ Universum (Germany)
07/12 Darmstadt @ Centralstation (Germany)
07/13 Dortmund @ FZW (Germany)
07/16 Eidhoven @ Effenaar (Netherlands)
07/19 Hannover @ Musik Zentrum (Germany)
07/20 Nürnberg @ K4 (Germany)
07/21 Mieste @ Alter Kinosaal (Germany)
07/22 Übach Palenberg @ Rockfabrik (Germany) w/ Settle The Score
07/24 Glasgow @ Cathouse (UK)
07/25 London @ Underworld (UK)
07/26 Manchaster @ Jillys (Great Britain)
07/28 Paris @ Nouveau Casino (France)
07/31 Cagliari @ TBA (Germany)
08/02 Berlin @ SO 36 (Germany)
08/03 Marburg @ KFZ (Germany)
08/04 Selestat @ Zone 51 Festival (France)

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The Red Chord Tour Dates

The Red Chord have confirmed plans for a two-week headlining tour in May. Notably, a few of the dates will feature Shai Hulud. Commented The Red Chord vocalist Guy Kozowyk: "The Red Chord played our Fused Together CD release show with Shai Hulud years ago. I've been a fan ever since. It's an honor to have them on this run." Here are the tour dates:

dates w/ Ed Gein, First Blood
5/4 Burlington, VT @ Club 242
5/5 Auburn, NY @ Auburn Public Theatre w/ The Acacia Strain
5/6 Cromwell, CT @ Cromwell Knights of Columbus w/ Doomriders
5/7 Worcester, MA @ The QVCC (16 Greenwood Street) w/ Doomriders
5/8 Lemoyne, PA @ Champion Ship
5/9 TBA
5/10 TBA w/ The Acacia Strain

dates w/ The Acacia Strain
5/11 Louisville, KY @ Headliners w/ Ed Gein
5/12 Memphis, TN @ The Complex w/ Shai Hulud, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
5/13 Nashville, TN @ Rocket Town w/ Shai Hulud, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
5/14 TBA w/ Shai Hulud, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
5/15 Greensboro, NC @ Green Street Club w/ Shai Hulud, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
5/16 Fredricksburg, VA @ KC's w/ Shai Hulud, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
5/17 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft w/ Shai Hulud, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza

5/18 Levittown, NY @ Club Ritual (The Red Chord only)

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First Blood "Killafornia" Pre Orders and MP3s

First Blood's debut 11-song album entitled "Killafornia" hits the streets May 2, 2006, but if you order from the Trustkill Webstore you will get a FREE First Blood poster and sticker. You will also be entered to win the FIRST BLOOD SURVIVAL PACK, including First Blood camo shorts, zip-up hoody, and tee shirt (5 winners will be chosen randomly). You can pre-order the album online at trustkill.com now.

First Blood is currently on a full US tour with Comeback Kid, Ignite, and This Is Hell this Spring, and then also with Sick Of It All in May, an appearance at New England Metalfest, and then tours with The Red Chord and Bane.

You can check out MP3s from "Killafornia" here:

"First Blood" --> http://www.trustkill.com/artists/multimedia
"Conspiracy" --> http://www.myspace.com/trustkill

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Complete Lineup Confirmed For NEMHF 2006

The full lineup for the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which is sponsored this year by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps, has been confirmed.

The three-day festival at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, will feature headliners Lacuna Coil, Black Dahlia Murder, and Between the Buried and Me on Friday, April 28. Arch Enemy, Chimaira, and Exodus will headline Saturday, April 29. Headliners for Sunday, April 30 are Gamma Ray and DragonForce.

UK-based DragonForce will be making its first-ever American appearance at the festival. Italy's Lacuna Coil and Sweden's Arch Enemy will be making return appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, after stellar performances at the 2003 and 2002 editions of the festival.

"It's fantastic to be a part of what is quite possibly the best U.S. metal fest around!" said Arch Enemy guitarist Mike Amott. "This is our third time playing the New England Metal and Hardcore fest and it's always a pleasure. It's held in a great venue with great fans."

"It is an honor for us to be one of this year's headliners at the New England Metal and Hardcore festival," said vocalist Andrea Ferro. "We are more than ready for it. We can't wait."

Bands confirmed for Friday (listed alphabetically) are: A Life Once Lost, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Between The Buried And Me, Black Dahlia Murder, Cephalic Carnage, Dead To Fall, Demiricous, Ed Gein, From A Second Story Window, Haste The Day, If Hope Dies, Lacuna Coil, Ligeia, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, Ringworm, Scarlet, Still Remains, Suicide Silence, The Absence, Thine Eyes Bleed and Through The Eyes Of The Dead.

Saturday's bands include 100 Demons, Arch Enemy, At All Cost, Caliban, Chimaira, Colin Of Arabia, Cryptopsy, Damnation AD, Death Threat, Embrace The End, Exodus, First Blood, Full Blown Chaos, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Immolation, Into The Moat, Ion Dissonance, Overcast, Ramallah, Remembering Never, Righteous Jams, Scars Of Tomorrow, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Spitfire, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, Terror, The Acacia Strain, The Classic Struggle, The JonBenet, and Turmoil.

Sunday's lineup is: A Love End Suicide, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Born Victim, Bronx Casket Company, Burn In Silence, Byzantine, Cannae, Cellador, Doom Raider, DragonForce, Folly, Gamma Ray, Goat Horn, Hypersolid, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Light This City, Losa, Mercury Switch, On Broken Wings, Phoenix Morning, Protest The Hero, Sanctity, The Miles Between, Torn Asunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, Who Killed The Prom Queen, Wolf, xdeathstarx, and xlooking forwardx.

Talent is subject to change.

The 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Prosthetic Records, 2nd Stage sponsor; Revolver Magazine, exclusive magazine partner and creator of the official event program; Facedown Records, sponsor of street marketing efforts; FUSE TV; Mazur PR; The Syndicate; and many others.

Vendors this year include Century Media/Nuclear Blast, Deepsend Records, ESP Guitars/Krank Amps, Eulogy Recordings/Hand Of Hope Records, Facedown Records, Fuse TV/Uranium, Lifeforce Records, Metal Blade Records, Oak Knoll Productions, Prosthetic Records, Red Rocket Records, Relapse Records, Revolver Magazine, Stillborn Records/Hatewear Inc., Trustkill Records, Victory Records, and others.

Friday tickets are $35.00; Saturday and Sunday individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets are available now at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849. There is re-entry at this all-day event until 6 p.m. each day.

The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Visit the festival website at metalandhardcorefestival.com or myspace.com/metalandhardcorefestival.

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Sick Of It All, First Blood, et al Tour Dates

Sick Of It All, First Blood, and Stretch Arm Strong will be touring together in May. The following tour dates have been confirmed so far:

5/12 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/13 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
5/14 Phoenix, AZ @ The Brickhouse
5/15 Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian's Neonopolis
5/17 Los Angeles, VA @ The Roxy
5/20 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
5/23 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/26 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
5/27 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre

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First Blood Signs With Trustkill Records

First Blood, the well known but elusive hardcore band from northern California, featuring Carl Schwartz (former bassist of Terror) on vocals, has signed with Trustkill Records

First Blood will enter Castle Ultimate in Oakland, CA, next week to begin recording their debut album for Trustkill. The album is set for release May 2, 2006. Check the band out on a full US tour with Comeback Kid, Ignite, and This Is Hell February through April. Dates to follow.

Carl talks about the signing to the label saying, "Josh (Grabelle, Trustkill Pres) approached me about releasing something on Trustkill. I was psyched as he did such a great job promoting Terror, but because of my obligations to that band I had to say no. When I recently left Terror, Josh and I continued our discussion and decided to go full speed ahead and make First Blood a full-time endeavor." Carl, a main contributor to First Blood's lyrics and music along-side guitarist Kyle Dixon (Alcatraz, Ex-Embrace The End), elaborates: "Most of my lyrics deal with topics important to me; the ups and downs, frustrations and discontent with certain things in this world. Hopefully people can relate to my words and realize that they are not alone, and become inspired and confident enough to stand for what they believe to find a place for themselves in this world."

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First Blood Finish Recording Songs For Split CD

California's First Blood, featuring Carl Schwartz and Doug Weber of Terror, have finally finished recording two songs for their long-awaited split with Blacklisted. The split will be released by Deathwish Inc. as part of their Dead Man's Hand series. Meanwhile, the group will be flying to Florida for two shows in November, below.

11/6 Miami FL @ TBA w/ Embrace Today, more
11/7 Orlando FL @ TBA w/ Embrace Today

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Blacklisted To Replace Integrity On Split 7"

Deathwish Inc. has announce that Philadelphia, PA's BLACKLISTED will be replacing the recently disbanded INTEGRITY on the upcoming "Dead Man's Hand 03" split 7" with California's FIRST BLOOD (featuring members of TERROR).

BLACKLISTED are one of Philly's newest and most intense hardcore bands. An outpouring of real hardcore, spitting forth all the disgust, pessimism, and heart that a band could ever collectively create. BLACKLISTED are uniquely raw, sincere, and undeniably in your face. The band will also be releasing their debut CDEP, "Our Youth Is Wasted," in February on Stillborn Records.

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