11 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From First to Last’s fourth studio album unleashes bona-fide catharsis served raw. Compared to their peers, FFTL have much more to scream about than unrequited love. The Los Angeles quartet has survived some brutal times and Throne to the Wolves reveals them finding their footing and then kicking out the windows. Frontman Matt Good rises to own his position with noticeable confidence and versatile vocal prowess. “Cashing Out” opens with venomous fervor as Good rails against the toxic personalities of an expired post-hardcore scene. “Elvis Said Ambition Is a Ream With a V8 Engine” boasts angular arrangements that flirt with proggy progression under rapid-fire rhythms and duel-to-the-death guitarmonies. “Going Lohan” juggles hyper metal guitar leads with incredibly complex drum patterns and Good’s railing on America’s obsession with celebrity. It should be noted that although Good steps up his duties as a powerful frontman, drummer Derek Bloom is FFTL’s MVP. Throughout the album he balances finesse and dexterity while hitting those drums like they owe him money.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From First to Last’s fourth studio album unleashes bona-fide catharsis served raw. Compared to their peers, FFTL have much more to scream about than unrequited love. The Los Angeles quartet has survived some brutal times and Throne to the Wolves reveals them finding their footing and then kicking out the windows. Frontman Matt Good rises to own his position with noticeable confidence and versatile vocal prowess. “Cashing Out” opens with venomous fervor as Good rails against the toxic personalities of an expired post-hardcore scene. “Elvis Said Ambition Is a Ream With a V8 Engine” boasts angular arrangements that flirt with proggy progression under rapid-fire rhythms and duel-to-the-death guitarmonies. “Going Lohan” juggles hyper metal guitar leads with incredibly complex drum patterns and Good’s railing on America’s obsession with celebrity. It should be noted that although Good steps up his duties as a powerful frontman, drummer Derek Bloom is FFTL’s MVP. Throughout the album he balances finesse and dexterity while hitting those drums like they owe him money.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

157 Ratings

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tylevision,

i know a lot of people were let down by the self-titled album, this is definitely the beginning of a comeback for them. this album is so intense, it left me wanting more and that doesn't happen with a lot of bands these days. my three favorite songs would have to be "going lohan", "elvis said ambition is a dream with a v8 engine" and "m.o." these guys did a great job with this album, taking it back to the dear diary/heroine days. even "a soft war" has caught on with me, when i first heard it i was very iffy about it but it gets better with time. definitely an album best listened to loudly, so crank it up to 12 and rock out!

PURE INSANITY!

SamTheTechieMan,

Like the title says, this album is pure insanity. It has a ton of energy and it never lets up. This is one of those albums where, as the last song finishes, you find yourself wanting more. And for me, that rarely happens. Just buy the whole thing, you won't be disappointed.

About From First to Last

Based in Los Angeles (by way of Florida), From First to Last formed in 2002 with guitarists Travis Richter and Matt Good. With a rotating lineup early on, the post-hardcore/screamo outfit released the EP Aesthetic on New York-based Four Leaf Recordings in June 2003 before signing with Epitaph by the end of the year. After the departure of their original singer, Phillip Reardon, 15-year-old Sonny Moore joined as lead vocalist during the recording of the band's debut full-length. Written in two weeks, the group was rounded out on the album -- 2004's Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Bodycount -- with drummer Derek Bloom and bassist Jon Weisberger. Tour dates with Story of the Year, Bad Religion, Halifax, and Emanuel, among many others, followed before work began on their 2006 follow-up. They parted ways with Weisberger shortly before entering the studio, so producer Ross Robinson (Glassjaw, Slipknot) called upon friend Wes Borland (of Limp Bizkit and Bigdumbface fame) to fill in for the guys on bass (he later played some shows with them). The more mature and ambitious Heroine was issued in March 2006 to positive reviews, and the band supported its entry into the Top 40 on the road with Fall Out Boy, the All-American Rejects, and Hawthorne Heights. From First to Last jumped up to the majors soon after, inking a deal with Capitol that April. Though momentum continued to build, the ride to the top was not without its bumps. In particular, Moore struggled with vocal problems that ultimately resulted in mild surgery, and From First to Last were forced to drop out of various shows and festivals, including the 2006 Warped Tour and a fall support run with Atreyu. As work began on new material, Moore parted ways with the group in early 2007 to concentrate on solo work (most notably as Skrillex), and guitarist Matt Good took over lead vocal duties. Around the same time, From First to Last's deal with Capitol also fizzled. But the band (with bassist Matt Manning permanently on board) was determined and pressed on with plans to record.

Soon thereafter, they signed with the Suretone label (a partner with Interscope) and hit the studio with producer Josh Abraham. The result was their self-titled 2008 release From First to Last. In 2009 -- just after the band announced that they had signed to Rise Records -- they parted ways with founder and longtime guitarist/vocalist Travis Richter. Their fourth album, Throne to the Wolves, arrived in early 2010, but by July of that year it was decided that the band would go on an indefinite hiatus. Following three years of inactivity, FFTL reunited in November 2013, launching a Kickstarter campaign that would fund their next release. In the months following the reunion, additional lineup shuffling saw Richter return to the band and in November 2014, a newly expanded six-man lineup released the group's fifth album, Dead Trees, on Sumerian Records.

In January 2017, Moore made a surprise return to the band, and they released the single "Make War." ~ Corey Apar

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2002

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