What They Said
"Ari Lehman & First Jason blew the roof off of The Lab on Wednesday night!" - Live at the Lab
“An awesome, power-packed evening for hard metal rockers and horror addicts alike.” - -Diabolique Magazine
"It was so amazing getting to meet you this past weekend at dead con. Such a cool guy and super nice." - Jason Scott Taylor
"Outstanding release from an outstanding "Jason"!
"First Jason ... has almost developed a brand of thinking man's horror-themed rock" - UBER ROCK UK
"This musical endeavor by original Jason Voorhees actor Ari Lehman is pretty impressive. His talent developed through his training in classical and jazz piano really comes through in this unique blend of rock, punk, and hardcore. If you're a horror fan or a fan of this genre of music, pick this up, it's definitely a compliment to anyone's collection." - Levi Most
"First Jason, Ari Lehman, performing with his band. He’s got a KILLER KEYTAR that is literally a giant machete blade connected to a keyboard. The guy can totally sing and shred across a keyboard like no-other! Super rad to listen to him perform! Also really great guy to talk to!" - Justin Lassen
"Shredding!" - Mike Vicario
"Yesssss!!" - Edwin De La Cruz
"I'm here!! And loving the awesomeness!!! - Kristen Simelton
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay ... !!! - Christine Machanska
"If y'all have never listened to First Jason you're missing out. ...Like, look at that fucking keytar tho." - John Emory
"Ari Lehman is the true "First Jason," that is, the first actor to ever portray Jason Voorhees from the original Friday the 13th. The image of young Jason jumping out of the lake to pull poor Alice from her boat is forever labeled as one of the best jump ending scenes in horror cinema.
That being said, Ari went on and created his own band, "First Jason." There are no subtleties here. He is proud to have played Jason, and many of the songs on this release have a Jason and/or horror film influence. They have a hard punk sound and are very enjoyable.
I met Ari Lehman at a horror convention and I have to say that he is a very nice and down-to-earth guy. I got his autograph and as a present he gave my 5-year old son this CD. He also took the time to tell my boy a few stories about the filming of the original Friday the 13th. My son was absolutely mesmerized by Ari. On the way home we slipped the CD into my car stereo and again, my son was taken aback.
Not only does Ari have the prestigious claim to be the "First Jason," he is also an all around great guy and fantastic musician/song writer.
And remember: JASON IS WATCHING!" - F. Nava
" I have nothing but respect for Lehman. For one thing, because he scared the ever-lovin’ crap outta me when I was a kid. And for another thing, because if there’s one thing in life which is always true, it’s this: the world needs more keytar players." - Axl Rosenberg, Metal Sucks
"....Ari and band has always been a part of the whole horror metal/punk scene - and surely only the harshest critic would deny Lehman the opportunity to exploit a history with its spine in exploitation itself,,, First Jason, with 'Heed My Warning', has almost developed a brand of thinking man's horror-themed rock and, when you consider that Lehman was barely a teenager when he hopped aboard the horror express to lifelong notoriety, it's some achievement. The more blinkered of horror rock fans may well baulk at the sounds summoned up by the outfit (Lehman, on vocals as well as "keychete", joined on the recording by drummers...), the Electric Machete Keytar stabbing out a soundmix of distorted guitar and bass, but few could argue that Lehman is, once again, creating something memorable by borrowing from the past and updating with his own vision...just like Cunningham did in 1980."- UBER ROCK UK