San Francisco Bay Space thrash steel veterans VIO-LENCE performed a particular afternoon live performance outdoors of Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California on Sunday, June 5. Video of the efficiency might be seen under (courtesy of Iron Serbian).
VIO-LENCE launched a brand new EP, “Let The World Burn”, on March 4 through Steel Blade Information. The five-song assortment, VIO-LENCE‘s first unique launch since 1993’s “Nothing To Acquire”, was tracked at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS),combined by Tue Madsen (DARK TRANQUILLITY, HEAVEN SHALL BURN) and mastered by Ted Jensen (ALICE IN CHAINS, DEATH ANGEL).
VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel not too long ago mentioned that he was already writing a follow-up launch.
“I would love to do one other EP relatively than an album, and we’re engaged on the songs for it already, and hopefully we’ll get in to document by subsequent fall,” Phil mentioned. “We wish to continuously be releasing music, and continuously doing reveals. At this stage, we’re excited for everyone who’s nonetheless excited for this band. To them, I say thanks for nonetheless listening to and supporting us. We’re excited to come back play, so unfold the VIO-LENCE.”
Fashioned in 1985, VIO-LENCE helped outline and refine what got here to be referred to as the Bay Space sound, dropping three seminal albums earlier than splitting in 1993. Abandoning a heady legacy, they reformed briefly a few occasions within the intervening years earlier than turning into a full-time going concern as soon as extra in 2019. After taking part in a string of profitable reveals, the quintet began to consider new music and can ship “Let The World Burn”, showcasing their first new materials in 29 years.
Concerning how “Let The World Burn” recaptures VIO-LENCE‘s traditional sound, Demmel mentioned: “That got here very naturally. I hadn’t written lots of thrash prior to now 17 years or so, however being the primary songwriter for the band through the years, I wished that sound, I wished that mid-’80s uncooked factor, however I additionally wished to seize our signature notes and buildings and stuff like that.” Vocalist Sean Killian elaborated: “Every music has its personal particular person sound. They’re all very thrash steel, there are grinding riffs, technical riffs, and loads of pace. The lyrics are written freely with no restrictions and with out compromise whereas the vocal patterns are sometimes uncommon and delivered with a mess of feelings.”
Initially the plan was simply to play a single present, as a thanks from Killian to those that had supported him via an prolonged sickness that culminated in a liver transplant, giving him again his life.
“From the time I wakened from my liver transplant surgical procedure, the one factor I stored fascinated with was repaying everybody that supported me throughout my sickness,” Killian mentioned. “Phil put collectively a charity golf match that raised a considerable amount of cash that helped cowl medical payments, and that occasion saved my household’s lives from being negatively impacted by my sickness, plus there was a profit present which so many musical legends participated in. Followers promoting out the venue for that present is one thing that would by no means be repaid besides with the identical ardour and affinity, which taking part in reside might allow me to provide, and once I heard the information that Phil had left MACHINE HEAD and was obtainable, I believed this was the second for the return of VIO-LENCE. I despatched the person a textual content that mentioned ‘Let’s do a present.'”
With that present at The Metro promoting out a thousand tickets in just a few hours, VIO-LENCE introduced a matinee present for the next day, which offered out simply as rapidly, making it clear that there was nonetheless a virulent starvation for VIO-LENCE and their distinctive tackle killer thrash. “We figured, ‘Holy crap, it is time to deliver it,” Demmel mentioned. “It was identical to the previous days, it was identical to 1986 once more with folks flying round, the power and the reciprocation and the stage diving, and the horrible PA sound. It was enjoyable. We bought Gary Holt [of SLAYER and EXODUS] as much as play a music. All in all, the reunion reveals have been superb.”
At that stage, the prospect of recent music was not on the desk, with the VIO-LENCE bandmembers as a substitute simply determining if they may get alongside, how the dynamic was going to work, if the chemistry for writing collectively even existed. Nonetheless, tour affords have been coming in they usually jumped on a number of alternatives, Demmel referencing a present with SACRED REICH at The Regent in Los Angeles because the craziest they ever performed, and having his thoughts blown that individuals have been nonetheless going as loopy for the band all these years later. It was round that point that he and Killian began speaking concerning the prospect of writing new materials, concluding they have been extra disposed to creating an EP.
“I did not wish to do a full-length,” Demmel defined. “I figured three possibly 4, and we settled on 5 tunes that would actually encapsulate what we have been doing. I went to Steel Blade and spoke with Brian Slagel, saying we wished to do that with them. We weren’t procuring labels, we weren’t searching for a bidding struggle or something like that; we simply wished to do a document with them, they usually have been all into it.”
The classes went easily, with Demmel monitoring his solos at dwelling. “It was good to have the ability to play issues fifty occasions,” he mentioned. “I wished to play all of the solos single cross, which is one thing that I hadn’t carried out for some time. Every part had been kinda punched in and chopped up, so it isn’t all fluid, and these ones may not be first cross however they’re one cross. I need to have the ability to play them the best way they’re imagined to be performed, and I am actually happy with them.”
Filling out the band’s ranks on “Let The World Burn” alongside Demmel, Killian and unique drummer Perry Strickland are former OVERKILL guitarist Bobby Gustafson and former FEAR FACTORY bassist Christian Olde Wolbers.
“Bobby brings expertise, he brings music construction, he is aware of how music construction works and riffs work, and he has concepts,” Demmel mentioned. “He is bought an East Coast mentality. He was in a legendary band and he brings a brand new taste, plus he is a strong dude, an superior human. Christian is only a monster bass participant. He has nice musical sense and music construction sense. He recorded our cowl of ‘California Über Alles’ in our jam room, and he simply brings an actual pedigree. He is a terrific dude and an superior musician, a terrific package deal.”
With Demmel performing as main songwriter, the plan was to make one thing brutal and bludgeoning, a real thrash document, the place the band have been at after they wrote “Everlasting Nightmare” in 1987. Every of the 5 songs is completely different to the final whereas remaining true to this remit, with “each beat, riff and observe accounted for,” opener “Flesh And Bone” setting the scene and making it clear simply how ruthless the band are in 2022. Then there’s “Screaming All the time”, which is traditional “Everlasting Nightmare”-esque VIO-LENCE, and the likes of the shorter “Gato Negro”, which although briefer nonetheless has quite a bit occurring, and packs a strong punch. Each guitarists contribute solos to the songs, and there are lots of harmonies, the 2 working properly collectively. Lyrics as all the time come courtesy of Killian, who skews towards the darker aspect of existence.
“After I write lyrics I attempt to get as darkish and horrible as I can,” Sean mentioned. “Then I make modifications and minor changes with phrases to deliver the lyrics from pure evil to an emotional, painful struggling expertise with the pure evil working to assist all of it. I need folks to learn the lyrics and create an image of their thoughts that they would not usually envision, I need them to create that visible artwork of their head. The aim is for that art work that they created to stick with them, registered of their reminiscences, and to be introduced ahead often to get pleasure from, letting them pull that document out for many years to come back.”
VIO-LENCE launched three studio albums between 1988 and 1993. The group reunited quickly after Demmel left MACHINE HEAD in late 2018.
Though MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn was a part of VIO-LENCE‘s traditional incarnation and performed on the band’s debut album, “Everlasting Nightmare”, he wasn’t approached about collaborating in any of the comeback reveals.
Killian underwent a profitable liver transplant surgical procedure in March 2018. The yr earlier than, Killian was identified with stage 4 liver cirrhosis, which was triggered partially by a genetic situation referred to as hemochromatosis.
VIO-LENCE‘s final full-length album, “Nothing To Acquire”, was recorded in August 1990, however wasn’t launched till 1993.