First Blood (band)

First Blood is an American hardcore punk band from San Francisco, California, formed in 2002. Their debut album, Killafornia, was released in 2006 on Trustkill Records. In 2010 they released their second album, Silence Is Betrayal, on Bullet Tooth Records.

First Blood
First Blood at With Full Force 2018
Background information
OriginSan Francisco, California, U.S.
GenresHardcore punk, metalcore
Years active2002–present


First Blood released their debut record, an eponymously titled EP, in 2003. Then, the following year, they released a split EP with Blacklisted titled The Dead Man's Hand. Finally, in 2006, the band released their debut full-length album.

First Blood also went on tour that year with Ignite, Comeback Kid, The Red Chord, Sick of It All, Stretch Arm Strong, and others, and appeared at the New England Metal Fest on April 29.

The band then toured extensively in 2007 with the likes of Full Blown Chaos, Since the Flood and Death Before Dishonor.

On February 10, 2017, First Blood released its third studio album Rules, the first in seven years, produced by Will Putney on Pure Noise Records.[1][2] The lyric video of "Rules of Conviction" was premiered in January of that year, and the video of "Rules of Conviction" featuring Jesse Barnett of Stick to Your Guns and Kobayashi Hiroyuki of Loyal to the Grave in June.[1][3]


  • Carl Schwartz  (2002–present)
  • Joe Kenney  guitar (2019–present)
  • Robert Rozendaal  bass (2019–present)
  • Tiago  drums (2019–present)


  • Eddie Virgil  drums (Alcatraz)
  • Anthony Pizzarelli  bass (Alcatraz)
  • Manuel Peralez  guitar
  • Kyle Dixon  guitar
  • Doug Weber  guitar
  • Brandon Thomas  drums (on record, not officially part of the band)
  • Mike Orris Jr. (helped with the first tours, not officially part of the band)
  • Ryan Brooks  drums (filled in on tour when the band was seeking a full-time drummer)
  • Daniel Fletcher  guitar
  • Joe Ellis  bass
  • Marc Strömberg  bass (filled-in on tour 2012)
  • Jakob Arevärn  guitar (filled-in on tour 2013)
  • Sebastian Sahin  bass (filled-in on tour 2013)
  • Rhett Hornberger  drums
  • AJ Borish  drums, bass (filled in on tour 2012, 2013)
  • Bobby Blood  drums
  • John Torn  bass (2013–2015)
  • AJ Worrell  drums (filled in on drums and guitar in prior years) (2016–2017)
  • Johan Vesters – guitar (2014–2019)
  • Lordninnaum – guitar (2012–2019)
  • Daiske Shibamori – bass (2017–2019)
  • Joel Heijda – drums (2017–2019)



  1. "First Blood Detail New Album "Rules", Debut "Rules of Life"". 2017-01-06. Archived from the original on 2017-01-09. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  2. "First Blood 'Rules' album stream". Lambgoat. 2017-02-01. Archived from the original on 2017-02-05. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  3. "First Blood Premiere "Rules of Conviction" Music Video". 2017-06-13. Archived from the original on 2017-08-19. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  4. "First Blood Rules Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-11-28.

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