ARI LEHMAN is the actor/vocalist who has the unique distinction of having played the role of the first Jason Voorhees in the Classic Horror Film Friday the 13th. The original "Boy In The Lake”, Ari played a crucial role in the film's famous final scene, emerging from the icy waters of Crystal Lake to set in motion one of Hollywood’s most infamous horror legacies.
That one role has taken on a life of its own, catapulting Lehman into an elite echelon of horror icon that few can surpass, featured in hundreds of major media outlets including: E!, Entertainment
Weekly, Blender Magazine, Chicago Reader, The Chicago-Sun Times, Fangoria Radio, and local and regional publications from coast to coast and beyond.
The scourge of Camp Crystal Lake lives on in the horror-punk-metal stylings of Lehman’s musical extension, FIRST JASON, where Ari wields his trademark “Keychete”, bashing out horror-punk anthems with titles like “Jason is Watching”, “Jason Never Dies”, and “The Machete is My Friend”.
First Jason have spent the last 5 years playing hundreds of shows and events around the World, including performances in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Holland and the UK.
THC : MUSIC, distributed by Rocket Science Ventures/RED, is proud to finally unleash FIRST JASON on the World, with the Worldwide release of their debut LP, Jason is Watching, Friday January 13th, on ALL MAJOR DIGITAL RETAILERS (including Spotify & Pandora). THC President Thom Hazaert, an avid horror fan, who first met Lehman at a Horror convention, says the pairing is a match made in Hell. “When I first met Ari, many years ago, we had an instant connection, and I always was a huge fan ofhis drive and vision. From that day, we have been great friends and always looked for ways to work together. When I started THC, and we talked about partnering with First Jason, it just seemed like a natural fit.”
Lehman, who credits Hazaert with “discovering” the band, giving them manyof the breaks that helped them crack into the Midwest Rock touring scene.“Thom has always been a friend to little Jason, and no matter what he was doing, always found a way to throw great opportunities our way. We couldn’t have found a better home.” . In addition to the re-release of Jason is Watching, 2012 will also see a limited edition vinyl version o fJason is Watching, as well as the bands, as-yet-untitled, sophomore LP.
"First Jason is amazing. Self produced, and self released, this album hits you over the head with an anvil being swung at 1000 miles an hour by the metal gods.
Once hitting play on your CD player, Lehman and crew break outof your speakers in surround-sound, get in your face, flash you the devilhorns, and smoke through a 30 minute set that will leave your jaw draggingacross the floor."
-COLLEGE NEWS OCTOBER 2010 Justin Bozung
"Like young Jason rising from the deep to take his prey, First Jason caught me by surprise. Lehman didn’t just play the keytar, he melted that thing! “
-FREAK TENSION MAGAZINE, MP Johnson
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