Review: Rules by First Blood

First Blood are first and foremost a true hardcore band that speak their mind and many live reviews and subsequent You Tube footage confirm they back it up live big-time. I really dig what Carl their singer had to say about the essence of this great record:

“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.”

“Rules” their third release, is full of quality abrasive tunes, lyrics with purpose and hardcore pit action guaranteed. I want to know how they could better their second album “Silence is Betrayal”, a blazing metallic hardcore frenzy. Their Debut “Killifornia” was very decent but hardly earth shattering stuff. They simply lift their game each album. There is a great mix of influence from Hatebreed, Hoods and even Agnostic Front.

There is no filler on this album, the slower “Rules of Government” was a pleasant surprise, whilst “Rules Were Meant To Be Broken”, ”Rules of Survival” and “Rules Of Life” will stay on my play list for a solid year or more; easily.

This album just lifts and progresses more and more with each track. Amazing sound production, fantastic lyrics and classic front cover art all go hand in hand with extremely well written songs that is powerful in it’s intent and message. It’s choc full of brilliant breakdowns, catchy chorus and vocal hooks. The guitar work is intense and punishing and the band seems to have refined their targeted harshness into a classic hardcore album with a message.

Rules’ is available from February 10th through Pure Noise Records, iTunes etc.

Here’s the video for the positively angry first track:

Words by Mark Jenkins.

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