Phil Demmel Says Vio-lence’s Recent Fresno Show “Turned Out To Be A Superspreader Event”

During a chat with Rob Rush of 94.3 The Shark and Metal Allegiance’s Mark Menghi, Vio-lence’s Phil Demmel talked a bit about the band’s August 6 show at Strummer’s in Fresno, CA. The guitarist said the concert “turned out to be a superspreader event” that caused everyone in his household and some of his bandmates to get sick with COVID-19.

Demmel had the following to say about the show:

“We played a show in Fresno about a month ago, and it turned out to be a superspreader event. [Laughs] And the whole house here, we all got COVID. So we spent a couple of weeks healing up and getting better… That was our first show with Bobby Gustafson, ex-OVERKILL, and Christian Olde Wolbers from FEAR FACTORY and POWERFLO; it was their first show with us. We played a small, I think 300-capacity club, and it was a Petri dish of just the plague. And it served its purpose, other than everybody getting the sickness. It was unfortunate in that [regard]. Because we were supposed to play Bloodstock [Open Air in the U.K.] and Alcatraz festival [in Belgium] the next week, but then we couldn’t go because we all got sick. Then we had Southern California shows. We canceled probably seven shows because of everything that happened.”

Menghi also discussed his own experience with COVID-19:

“This delta variant and all this other COVID shit, as we all know, it’s hitting pretty hard again. I know a lot of people right here at home in my close circle that have COVID right now and it’s kicking the shit out of them. And these are vaccinated people. It’s kicking the shit out of them. I’m vaccinated and had it twice. It’s a motherfucker. I had it really bad in December, this past December. I missed Christmas altogether. I came [very] close to checking myself into the hospital because I couldn’t breathe. I came close to going to the hospital because it was the first time in my life where I could not breathe. I felt like my lungs were — like [boxer Mike] Tyson was coming at me and just kicking the shit out of [me]. It was hard. And I remember that night — it was, like, 2:30 in the morning — I started fucking screaming. I’m, like, ‘Fuck you!’, yelling at myself. ‘You’re not going to a fucking hospital.’ And I don’t know if I willed myself but the next day I started feeling better. But it was bad. Whether it’s the flu, COVID — I don’t know what it was — but I’ve never been sick like that before in my life. So, I don’t know. People have their take on it. My take is just get the shot. We all put worse shit in our body. God knows myself and Phil put bad shit in our bodies. It can’t be any worse. So, that’s the way I look at it.”

This news comes after it was revealed that Vio-lence’s Sean Killian was recently hospitalized with COVID-19. The vocalist, who was unvaccinated, has since been discharged.

[via Blabbermouth]

Vio-lence’s Sean Killian, Who Was Hospitalized With COVID-19, Defends Decision Not To Get Vaccinated: “It’s About Freedom”

Vio-lence’s Sean Killian, who was recently hospitalized with COVID-19, has taken to social media to share a new health update. The frontman says that he has been discharged and that he doesn’t regret his decision to not get vaccinated.

Killian said the following while discussing his feelings on the COVID-19 vaccines:

“I have been vaccinated more than anyone you probably know who hasn’t been through the same shit that I’ve been through. Because I’ve been through a lot of shit. Before my [liver transplant] surgery — Jesus Christ — I couldn’t count the vaccines I had to take. And there were deadlines, like if you didn’t take it now, you ain’t getting your surgery. So… I’m not against people getting [the vaccine].

You wanna get the vaccine? Get the vaccine. I support you a hundred percent. It’s your choice — it’s your choice. And it’s not even about the vaccine for me; it’s about freedom. I’m a free man. I’m internal. My freedom comes from within, not from anyone else. Nobody determines my freedom. So, don’t step on my freedom — that’s all. And don’t step on other people’s [freedom].

I heard comments about, ‘Oh, if you don’t take the vaccine, you deserve what you get.’ Well, guess what. Do obese people deserve to have heart disease? Should they be left out? Should smokers not be treated for lung cancer because they made these choices to do this? Obese people have heart disease, diabetes — all these things. Now, under the same analogy of, ‘If you don’t take the vaccine, you should suffer,’ well, then those people, you should apply it to them too. Because they should suffer. But I don’t believe that. I believe people should be free to do what they want. If you wanna go to fucking McDonalds and eat 20 cheeseburgers and fucking wake up in the morning and eat 20 breakfast fucking McNugget shit — whatever the fuck they serve over there, ’cause I don’t eat that crap — go for it. That’s your business. My business is not someone else’s business. Like I said, my freedom’s internal. I decide — no one else.

I’m not anti-vaxx. I just make my own decisions. And freedom is the number one decision for me — to make my own choices. And I hope all of you do the same.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Harald Oimoen (Ex-D.R.I.) Apologizes To Sean Killian (Vio-lence)

As previously reported, Harald Oimoen (ex-D.R.I.) recently made headlines after saying that he has “no sympathy” for an “anti vaccination kinda guy” like Sean Killian (Vio-lence), who was recently hospitalized with COVID-19. Killian obviously took issue with the comments and responded by telling Oimoen that he should “avoid [him] like a storm sent from Hell because that is what [he will] be facing” the next time they cross paths. However, Oimoen has since decided to issue a public apology.

Oimoen said the following:

“I’d like to publicly apologize to Sean Killian for my callous and uncalled for rant !!

I’ve known Sean for 35+ years and even performed at his benefit show !! I should keep my opinions to my self !! I love our scene here in the Bay Area and deeply care for all my friends !!

This has gotten way outta hand & never dreamed my comment would blow up like this !! I don’t know WTF I was thinking …. Life is way too short & fragile to even waste time on bullshit like this !! It was mean spirited & uncalled for !

There is enough schism in the world right now & I shouldn’t be making it worse !

So bummed we lost Eric Wagner who was a way cool guy ! Get well soon Sean and now we’re even for the time you trashed my house with Baloff & Fred Cotton !! Truly sorry brother !”

[via Blabbermouth]

Harald Oimoen (Ex-D.R.I.) Says He Has “No Sympathy” For “Anti Vaccination Kinda Guy” Sean Killian (Vio-lence), Killian Fires Back

As previously reported, Sean Killian (Vio-lence) was recently hospitalized with COVID-19. Upon hearing the news, Harald Oimoen (ex-D.R.I.) issued a statement saying that he has “no sympathy” for an “anti vaccination kinda guy” like Killian. After seeing those comments, Killian decided to respond by saying that Oimoen should “avoid [him] like a storm sent from Hell because that is what [he will] be facing” the next time they cross paths.

Here’s Oimoen’s original statement:

“Hmmmmm …. I really don’t wanna piss anybody off …. however the vocalist of a very popular local legendary ( almost !)

thrash band just contracted the virus !!

He is a totally anti vaccination kinda guy !‘

I have absolutely no sympathy for anyone who gets the virus but refuses to get vaccinated !!! Kinda ironic and perfect punishment for being soooo ignorant !!
What ya think Faceboogers ?”

Here’s Killian’s response:

“This is what Harold Oimen just posted about me.

When an individual’s mind is so poisoned by the need to confirm their affiliation with a group that they use others misfortune to do it says a lot about that person. I considered Harold a friend once but no longer. If he had any integrity he would have contacted me directly and we could have had an open conversation. We have known each other for decades. Your a coward Harold don’t ever consider yourself my friend again. When you see me in public, and you will, avoid me like a storm sent from Hell because that is what you’ll be facing.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Vio-lence’s Sean Killian Hospitalized With COVID-19

Vio-lence’s Sean Killian has been hospitalized with COVID-19. The frontman issued the following statement:

“I entered the hospital Thursday to be treated for Covid. I contracted the virus from a friend who was unaware he was carrying it. I am feeling much better but my lung capacity at this time is diminished. My oxygen absorption is good and all my other symptoms have gone away. I will have a recovery period that will take some time. I’m sorry we have had to make adjustments to our schedule but at this time I cannot perform to the level our fans and the band expect and deserve. This will only be temporary and Vio-lence will be back onstage better than ever.”

Vio-lence To Release New EP “Let The World Burn” In 2022

Vio-lence have officially confirmed the title of their new EP. The effort will be called “Let The World Burn” and it is set to be released early next year via Metal Blade Records.

Sean Killian commented:

“Life is meant to be lived and during that one life you have an opportunity to truly create memories for yourself and people who share the same time on this planet as you do. For 33 years, a creation called Eternal Nightmare has been making memories for people around the world. Now, it is time to create some new memories in 2021, and Vio-Lence has now done that for me, and I’m hoping for you too.

This resurrection was started in 2019 with a simple text that stated, ‘Let’s do a show’. At that moment, these 5 original songs began. I am very proud of the new music we created, and we are fortunate to have worked with some very creative people. Juan Urteaga, who was able to push the band to the edge of insanity to capture the intensity we as a band have always brought to people through our music and our live performances.

Tue Madsen put a special touch on our unique mania and brought raw perfection to our sound. Nothing too polished here, unless fragments of glass and broken razor blades are what you consider polished. I love to create, and we hope your heads explode when you hear the new Vio-Lence. Thanks to everyone involved, and especially Metal Blade Records, for giving Vio-Lence the opportunity to blow your minds.”

Vio-lence Finish Recording New EP

Vio-lence have officially finished the recording process for their new EP. The band commented:

“And that’s a WRAP!!! New Vio-recording is done. On to the mix and one step closer to your ears!!!! Thanks to Juan Urteaga for giving us his best and getting some awesome performances. So excited to share with you all what we’ve been working on.”

Vio-lence Begin Recording New EP

Vio-lence have officially entered Trident Studios in Pacheco California to begin the recording process for their new EP with producer Juan Urteaga. Phil Demmel commented:

“It’s been just over 30 years since we’ve recorded an album together. I never thought this would be happening and that anyone would even care after so long. All of the support is so appreciated and we hope you enjoy the 5 new songs we are tracking. Perry [Strickland, drums] is working hard on his tracks and we’ll start guitars next week. Going to be fun. Thanks again for joining us on this ride.”