*Didn't see a thread for the Belfast show!*
Fri 22 July
Bunetee Basement, Queens Uni
[b]FIRST BLOOD (Trustkill Records)[/b]
It was the late winter of the year 2002 in the legendary San Francisco Bay Area California USA. With one goal in mind, First Blood set out to create straight-forward, crushing-metallic hardcore with a pissed-off, in-your-face message. "We just wanted to play music that was right to the point so kids could sing-along, let out their aggressions, and kill each other on the dancefloor," states frontman Carl Schwartz about the band's early, no-frills attitude. "We never thought we would be playing shows outside of California, let alone San Francisco." That would soon change.
Upon the self-release of their brutal 5-song DEMO 2002 (later reissued by Bridge9 spin-off Division 36 Records) and a split 7" Dead Man's Hand Series EP with Philadelphia's Blacklisted in 2004 on Deathwish Inc, First Blood soon hit the road to unleash their fury upon the world in promotion of their debut 2006 full-length release entitled "Killafornia" on Trustkill Records.
"We had our sights set on touring everywhere possible to give as many kids a chance to see First Blood" states Carl as the band would soon light radar screens across the United States, Canada, Europe, United Kingdom, Mexico, Hong Kong, Phillipines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Japan. Sharing the stage with world-class acts such as Cro-Mags, Comeback Kid, Ignite, Sick Of It All, Agnostic Front, Hatebreed, Napalm Death, Exodus, Gorilla Biscuits, Earth Crisis, The Path Of Resistance, Death Before Dishonor, Gallows, Born From Pain, and many more, First Blood has proven themselves an unstoppable force and staple of the hardcore community.
Fast forward to 2010 and First Blood nBy Any Means has been a project in the making for the past two years. Brought together by a collective love of hardcore music, they aren't re-inventing the wheel, rather giving it a damn good spin. Members have all been in various bands
ow ramps up for their highly-anticipated, sophomore release entitled "Silence Is Betrayal" on Bullet Tooth, the new headquarters of Josh Grabelle and the reknown Trustkill Records. Featuring 15 songs of musical devastation and lyrical condemnation, First Blood relights the flame and burning spirit that originally brought the band together. "Silence Is Betrayal lays it all out on the table with a point of view that leaves little to misinterpretation" is how Carl describes the strong lyrical focus of challenging the status quo, while remaining every bit as true-to-sound to the brutal musical aggression that many have come to expect of First Blood. "Silence Is Betrayal is every bit as heavy and abrasive as First Blood gets, complete with a war-torn soundtrack of armageddon breakdowns and relentless sing-along calls to action."
Breaking the silence to the rest of the world, First Blood will soon embark on the RETURNERS North American tour to support fellow Californians The Ghost Inside, who are also celebrating the release of their sophomore album, alongside Evergreen Terrace, A Loss For Words, Deez Nuts, and Hundredth as "Silence Is Betrayal" marks its long overdue official release. The journey continues across borders once again with California's very own Stick To Your Guns as First Blood sets foot on the land down under for their inaugural visit to Australia and New Zealand.
[b]BY ANY MEANS[/b]
Belfast tough guy hardcore. By Any Means has been a project in the making for the past two years. Brought together by a collective love of hardcore music, they aren't re-inventing the wheel, rather giving it a damn good spin. Members have all been in various bands
Gacy’s Threads are a 4 piece hardcore metal band formed in late 2007. Each member is a seasoned musician, drawn together by the urge to create an energetic, confronting and non compromising style of music that seemed to be vacant from the scene all over Ireland. Taking their main influences from artists such as CONVERGE, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, EVERY TIME I DIE and NORMA JEAN planning on infusing it with each of their musical roots and influences to create something unique.
To date, the band have been constantly touring Ireland, had a short tour of Hungary and a scheduled German Tour in Fall 2011. They have released a self produced demo, ‘Eunuch’ in 2008, a 4 track E.P, ‘Savour Your Scars’ in 2009, and a 4 track E.P ‘Wolf Brigade’ 2010.
In the last few years they have supported acts such as FEAR FACTORY, CANCER BATS, AUGUST BURNS RED, HORSE THE BAND, ROLO TOMASSI, I WRESTLED A BEAR ONCE, FUCKED UP , TODAY IS THE DAY, recently they support PARKWAY DRIVE in BElfast to a packed out crowd