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FIRSTRYKE originally formed in 1984 when two of Tulsa OKs best bands, Slayer and Lazarus combined forces and headed for the stage.

FIRSTRYKE while being compared to many greats such as Motley Crue, Poison, Scorpions, & Saxon, were consistently booked by demand on a five year tour. The extended tour became a road to experience, allowing each member to master a craft for a sound that would label FIRSTRYKE as a group of professional musicians with a sound of their own.

Soon the band became known for their powerful delivery of a matchless melodic sound filled with expressions of controversial truth. The melodical flirtations of FIRSTRYKE lured and rocked their fans with a heavy burden for more than just a one night gig, so the band came off the road to record “Just a Nightmare”

It was the strength of the Album, “Just a Nightmare” that led to the bands success in gaining the option of slowing down the club scene in trade for sharing the bill with national touring artist such as Metallica, Dokken, Stryper, and Kings X.

27 years later the band members while remaining “Heavy Metal and Hard Rock” continue to bring their individual influences of a perfected craft for another round of demand.

With the vocals of Rick Adams stinging leads and crunching rhythms of guitarist Jim Rutledge, mixed with the fat solid grooves of bassist Bryan Wallace and drummer Mike DePetrillo, the band has propelled to new heights and FIRSTRYKE, once again has evolved in bringing a whole new sound that will stand another test of time!

General Info

Band Members
Rick Adams-Lead Vocals, Bryan Wallace-Base / Vocals, Jim Rutledge-Guitar, Mike DePetrillo-Drums
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Active Since
Metal / Rock

Contact Info

Tulsa, OK