First Reign

First Reign

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First Reign is "original" mutt metal: a blend of melodic death metal, power metal, technical thrash metal, and classic iron maiden era metal so intense that it will literally tear the flesh from your bones. In a good way that is...

Biography

“Finally cutting through the dull, sparse fog of bad punk, indie rockers and tight pants.”
-(Dan Yakimow - The Megalith rock webzine)

Every great band that has been organically formed is the product of something more than their own musical intuition. The formation process is as much a product of environment as it is personal endeavor; if the people, uncorrupted by the wiles of media and true to the reality of music, don't accept the band then it will fail. The people will see through any falsity, the music must be absolute. This is what First Reign strives for in music; in fact, it is in the unlikely environment of a sleepy farming town full of churches and seniors clubs that this melodic metal band was formed. Drawing from a wide variety of acts such as In Flames, Death, Iron Maiden, and Opeth, as well as many others, First Reign has developed a diverse sound all its own. It has honed its sound into its own brand of metal, with a strong classic metal influence and a penchant for technical thrash. With metal, intensity and emotion are often the key elements, but more important, perhaps, is a band's technical skill. First Reign definately carry themselves on this tripod foundation. Formed in the summer of 2004, they by-passed many other more established bands with the force of a twenty pound sledge hammer driving a six inch spike. Their musical ability is quite astounding, they know their instruments, they know metal, and they know how to utilize this knowledge to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Before First Reign, Sean had been wetting his feet in numerous small projects and Ryan and Russ had been in an Iron Maiden cover band called Wailing Corpse, the influence of which can be heard specifically in track three of their demo, a song entitled Optimus Prime. Since the beginning, First Reign has continued to advance in playing ability and song-writing. They have always taken each members individual influence into the music, to form songs that will permeate your mind. Songs that will not be forgotten.

“These guys were kids when I met them, and now they're metal gods! On the pale wings of destiny they fly into the heart of the sun, only to outshine it! Sorry, that was too glorious. Great guys playing melodic metal that continues to evolve and grow.”
-(David Von Bentley - The Nerve Magazine)

Lyrics

Infirmity

Written By: First Reign

Verse 1:

Our human ways aren't well, inflicting this disease
upon our heart, into our mind, deep within the soul
don't we see? don't we hear?
liberty, awaits those who feel infirmity

Chorus:

Omniscient Creator
Look and see the pain we cause
I pray that we would understand what
Fills our hearts with thoughtless plans

Verse 2:

Just feel their knife, in your heart
Blameless blood, has soaked this blade
Can't we see? can't we hear?
the deceased are screaming in your ear

(repeat chorus)

Bridge:

With weapons of hate, We wage war on ourselves
As time stalks the path of our lives

Solo: MacDonald

Verse 3:

Within our minds, I've seen a veil
alluding our thoughts from a plan
to lay down the curse of our hatred
humbled by roots deep in sand

(repeat chorus)

Solo: Holtz

Killing Our Kind

Written By: First Reign

Verse 1:

As I stand back and observe this world in which we live,
I open my eyes,
To see, that our lives,
Are fueled by selfish deeds,
We shall stand and fight this...

Chorus:

GREED!
cause it's killing our kind
GREED!
it's taking our lives

We all have, something to give
We all need, something to live

Verse 2:

If we would realize, this life is not our own,
We'd expose this parasite, for the pain it's caused,
If we would just give, all we can,
We'd devour all our...

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
Depravity consumes the mind,
Of those of us who waste our time,
In these lives where riches reign
filling our hearts with a hunger for power.

Who will boast of us,
When our great love,
Lives just to feed,
Our abundant greed!

This life is not our own,
It's been given to us to mold,
Into who we'll be,
For eternity.

So don't lay to rest,
this chance to bless,
these souls in need, of what, we hold, in hands of...

Repeat Chorus

Tasting The Rust

Written By: First Reign

Solo: MacDonald

Verse 1:

When I cry out with anger,
Will you find me in the dark,
When I hate what consumes me,
Let your wisdom take it's start.

Life lives not in feelings,
though they tear me apart,
so take me from these ashes,
and cleanse this blackened heart.

Chorus:

For I have walked as a man who was blinded,
Feeding my flesh like a burning fire,
Out of the rust came a pain and a sorrow,
Leading my soul,
Where demons conspire.

Bridge:

Out from my thoughts came a voice that was calling,
"Breaking your heart is my only desire!"
But, I will not live my life in mourning,
I see that your lies are destined for fire.

Solo: MacDonald

Verse 2:

Well yes, I'm weak,
And these waves are strong,
So please take this storm,
And make it calm,
When I've met death in despair,
And there was no one to care,
You helped me along,
So come my sweet saviour,
And make this heart your home.

Repeat Chorus and Bridge.

Bridge 2:

Fear is gripping,
The hearts of your brothers,
And love is losing,
It's place in our ears,
Distractions and sorrow,
Bleed us from our flight from fear,
But the end is near...

Solo: Holtz

Discography

2005 "self-titled" EP
1. Infirmity
2. Killing Our Kind
3. Optimus Prime
4. Tasting The Rust

Set List

We currently have 9 completed songs which each run a minimum amount of 5 minutes, some running about 8 mins in length. A typical set is about 30 minutes long (5 songs) because we figure that sometimes "less is more." If the crowd really wants us to keep playing they will let us know, and they usually do. Here is a List of our currently "completed" songs.
1. Infirmity
2. Killing Our Kind
3. Optimus Prime
4. Tasting The Rust
5. Something Lives In You
6. One Faith
7. Destiny Ensared
8. Beyond These Screams
9. An instrumental song involving THREE guitars, 1 bass, and 1 drummer. Currently Untitled.

We have been so busy with shows that we haven't had time to learn all of our other songs, but we plan to take some time off eventually to learn them all!!