Vio-lence Sign With Metal Blade Records

Vio-lence have signed a new deal with Metal Blade Records. This news comes after Phil Demmel previously said that the band were planning to record a new EP.

Sean Killian commented:

“My first real exposure to thrash metal was brought to me by Metal Blade Records in the form of Slayer‘s ‘Show No Mercy‘, which turned into my first live thrash metal show when I saw Slayer at The Keystone Berkley.

Today, being able to announce that Vio-Lence has signed an agreement to bring new music to thrash metal fans and future thrash metal fans around the world with our partners Metal Blade Records is a very proud moment for me and Vio-Lence.

Metal Blade has been involved in thrash metal since the beginning with their compilation ‘Metal Massacre‘, and they have stood the test of time because of their love for heavy music.

Thank you everyone at Metal Blade Records for believing in Vio-Lence and for being fans of the music I love.”

Vio-lence To Record New EP

It looks like Vio-lence are planning to record a new EP. Guitarist Phil Demmel confirmed the news on the “Talk Toomey” podcast:

“I’m writing a new VIO-LENCE record. We’re about to sign a deal to do a five-song EP. So we’ll see how that goes and when that can come out.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Vio-lence Part Ways With Ray Vegas, Recruit Ex-Overkill Guitarist For Upcoming Shows

Vio-lence have parted ways with guitarist Ray Vegas. With him gone, the band have recruited Bobby Gustafson (ex-Overkill) as a fill-in.

The group commented:

“Vio-lence would like to thank Ray Vegas for all his hard work and contributions to this band. It’s been an incredible year bringing Vio back to life and Ray was an integral part in our success. We wish him all the best. The band will be honoring all dates booked.”

They also added:

“Vio-lence is announcing former Overkill guitar player Bobby Gustafson as fill-in for upcoming shows. The band will perform in Puerto Rico this weekend as a 4 piece and Bobby will start later in February when the band goes to Japan/Australia/New Zealand. All shows will be honored as scheduled.”

Tour Dates:

02/01 Santurce, PR – La Respuesta
02/22-23 Osaka, JAP – True Thrash Fest
02/26 Canberra, AUS – The Basement
02/27 Brisbane, AUS – The Triffid
02/28 Sydney, AUS – Manning House
02/29 Melbourne, AUS – Max Watt’s
03/01 Adelaide, AUS – Enigma Bar
03/03 Wellington, NZ – Valhalla
03/04 Auckland, NZ – Whammy Bar
03/20 Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall
03/21 Chicago, IL – Reggies
04/18 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro
05/22 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage (Maryland Death Fest)
06/05 Austin, TX – Oblivion Access
08/06 Swadlincote, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
09/19 Montreal, QC – Quebec Deathfest

Fan Loses Hair After Getting It Stuck In Phil Demmel’s Guitar While Stage Diving At Vio-lence’s Los Angeles Show

During Vio-lence’s Los Angeles, CA show last night (May 31), a fan got his hair pulled out after getting it stuck in Phil Demmel’s guitar while stage diving. Demmel shared the below footage of that:

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My yard………

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The unboxing. #plasticglovesplease

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