The Color of Violence

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The Color of Violence
Also known as Skeleton Slaughter vs. Fetus Destroyer (2002–2003)
Origin Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Genres Screamo, melodic hardcore
Years active 2001–2003, 2006–2009
Labels Epitaph
Associated acts From First To Last, I Set My Friends On Fire
Past members

The Color of Violence was an American experimental side project of the post-hardcore band From First to Last. It features From First to Last's drummer Derek Bloom and former guitarist/backup vocalist Travis Richter. The Color of Violence is a way for the members to experiment and have fun with music outside of their other group.


Formation and early history (2002–2006)[edit]

The Color of Violence formed in 2002 originally as a full-time band under the name Skeleton Slaughter vs. Fetus Destroyer.[1] The members attempted to make music that resembled grindcore,[2] specifically the band Discordance Axis.[3] It featured Travis Richter, Derek Bloom, Matt Good, Joey Antillion and Chad Crews.[1] After changing the name to The Color of Violence then recording and releasing an EP and touring in early 2003, all members but Crews put most of their attention into From First to Last (then under the name "First to Last"[2]). Between 2003 and most of 2006, The Color of Violence saw little to no activity.

By the end of 2006, Richter and Bloom decided to return to making music as The Color of Violence as a two-piece band. In 2006 they sent a couple of songs to Brett Gurewitz, founder and CEO of Epitaph Records and guitarist for punk rock band Bad Religion.[3] At this time, From First to Last was also signed to Epitaph, but have since switched to Interscope Records, and later Rise Records.

Youthanize (2007–present)[edit]

December 19, 2007, COV released a bulletin via their MySpace, announcing they would be recording next year.

The Color of Violence will be documenting tones and patterns in January of '08. Please don't ask any questions as we have only booked the studio time and have absolutely no idea what we are going to record, just know that its going to be some of the following adjectives, "Brutal" ,"Far out", "Hip" "Gay","Not gay" and then of course "Really gay" Respectively yours, Guy&Glitch The Color of Violence"

Recently, the band posted a re-recorded version of "God Gave Me Deeze Nutzz" on their MySpace page. The album is listed as "Youthanize Demos".

November 10, 2008, FFTL released a bulletin via their MySpace, announcing that an album for COV will be out in 2009.

"CONSTIPATED? relieve yourself with knowing that Derek and I of from first to last are recording our other band The Color of Violence right now and its slated to come out on epitaph in early '09 like march or april.. We had the awesome pleasure of flying in two sick drummers for this recording..JonSyverson from Daughters and Joel Coan from The Felix Culpa.. We have 11 songs for this release and are really excited to do some high octane shred! Add us on myspace or facebook! we are trying to build up our fanbase online so we can tour and what not one day!"

From First to Last announced on December 31, 2008 that a new single will be released in January for the band Color of Violence. The song, a cover of the Pixies' "Rock Music", was released on February 12, on the band's MySpace page.

The Color of Violence played at the 2009 Warped Tour on the Pomona stop on June 26.

The Color of Violence also supported From First to Last on their tour in October 2009 with their sign to Rise Records.

As of late 2009, Travis Richter parted ways with From First to Last. He then became the vocalist for progressive metal band The Human Abstract.

Travis Richter has since reunited with From First To Last to work on a new EP.

Band members[edit]

Final line-up
  • Travis Richter (Guy Nucleosity) – lead vocals (2002-2003, 2006-2009), guitars on studio
  • Derek Bloom (Glitch Killgasm) – drums, percussion, vocals, guitars, bass and synths on studio (2002-2003, 2006-2009)
  • Jon Syverson – drums, percussion (2009)[4]
Former members
  • Matt Good – lead guitar, vocals (2002–2003)
  • Joey Antillion – bass (2002–2003)
  • Chad Crews – rhythm guitar (2002–2003)


Studio albums
  • Tour EP (2003)[1]


  1. ^ a b c "The Color of Violence - Artist Bio" Epitaph Records website. Retrieved on May 1, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "From First To Last interview with Sonny on the Epitaph Tour" (March 1, 2005) Epitaph Records website. Retrieved on May 1, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Karan, Tim. "Web Exclusive: A conversation with Derek Bloom of the Color Of Violence" (April 8, 2009) Alternative Press website. Retrieved on May 1, 2009.
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