Vio-lence Premiere Video For Cover Of Dead Kennedys’ “California Über Alles”

Vio-lence have premiered a new video for their cover of Dead Kennedys’ “California Über Alles.“ You can check that out below:

Vio-lence commented:

“Being musicians in the Bay Area Thrash Metal scene, Vio-lence believes it is important to acknowledge the music that had a huge influence on thrash metal – which was Bay Area punk rock. With that in mind, Vio-Lence looked to one of the most influential bands of that scene – The Dead Kennedys – and their iconic song ‘California Über Alles‘ to perform.

‘California Über Alles‘ is a song Vio-lence has been wanting to perform live for some time. We decided that since we weren’t going to be able to do that this year, and since fans haven’t heard any recordings from Vio-lence since 1994, that now was a good time to bring it to our fans. We recorded it in our rehearsal studio with our new line-up of Phil Demmel, Perry Strickland, Christian Olde Wolbers, Bobby Gustafson, and Sean Killian.

So we hooked up the recording equipment and got to work. On a good day, it was about 95 deg. F, which was a motivator to nail our takes to minimize the time we had to sweat. Once the song was recorded, Christian headed home to Venice and got to work mixing and mastering the recording. We all agree that he did a great job, giving the song excellent sound without losing the raw rehearsal studio sound that we wanted to keep.

Once recorded, the band moved onto the task of filming a video for the song. We met with Scott Kirkeeng, Senior Producer with East Peak Media, to discuss ideas. With Scott heading the production, Dan Brown editing, and Tatiana Peavy working the music playback, the video shoot began. We spent the day filming at The Back Lounge, a bar owned by Phil and Marta Demmel.

The location must keep be confidential for fear of the California Secret Police locking us up for life. The band invited 10 friends, including Chris Collins (the guy wearing the helmet camera in the ‘World in a World‘ video) and family members (including Sean‘s son, Seamus), to join in the fun as masked zombie metal maniacs.

Nurse Marta ‘Demmon’ showed up to give the band a shot of ‘OBEE-D-ENCE’, which was emphatically rejected. We had a great time recording and filming the video and song, and we hope you enjoy the Vio-lence version of ‘California Uber Alles‘.”

Vio-lence Planning To Release A Cover Song This Week

During a recent interview with Poisoned Rock, Sean Killian revealed that Vio-lence are planning to release a cover song on August 20. He said the following:

“We did a cover song that’s gonna come out on the 20th of this month. It’s a band from the Bay Area that we covered one of their songs — a punk band. And we did a video for it. And so Metal Blade Records is gonna get it out on Spotify and iTunes, and we’ll put it out on YouTube as well. That’s coming on August 20th.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Vio-lence Record Cover Song

Vio-lence have been working on new music for their upcoming EP and now it looks like they have recorded a cover song as well. Phil Demmel confirmed the news on Rock Immortal Productions’ “Rock Talk” and also said that a video for the track will be released “pretty soon.”

Demmel said the following:

“We just recorded a cover song, and we did a video for it. So we’re gonna have the cover song be like a B-side to five songs. So you get five new songs [plus] the cover tune. The video for the cover song will come out pretty soon. It’s fun. It came out great. It was just kind of one of those things where it’s, like, ‘What can we do to kind of fill this gap and release some content?’ And I thought it would be a good idea to do this song that we’ve loved.”

He went on to say that the group are planning to enter the studio “within the next couple of months” to record the EP. He also added:

“We’re finishing up the third song [right now].”

“I’m really excited about the new music. We’re pushing each other. I’m writing riffs that I really can’t play. I’ve always been that way, though — I’ve always written riffs that are kind of above my playing level, like, ‘This is what I’m hearing.’ But with this, we’ve been practicing a lot — we’ve been practicing a whole lot.

I’m ready to make a statement with these five songs”

[via Blabbermouth]

Sean Killian Says Vio-lence’s New EP Will “Kind Of Bridge Between” Their First Two Albums And 1993 Demo

During a recent interview on the “Heavy Metal Mayhem” radio show, Vio-lence’s Sean Killian talked a bit about the band’s upcoming EP. According to him, the effort will “kind of bridge between” the group’s first two albums and their 1993 demo.

Killian said the following:

“If you listen to the ’93 demo that I recorded with Phil [Demmel, VIO-LENCE guitarist] and the guys — those songs wound up on the TORQUE album [Demmel’s post-VIO-LENCE project with guitarist Ray Vegas, bassist Deen Dell and drummer Mark Hernandez]. On that demo, I recorded ‘Breed Like Rats’, ‘Again’ and ‘Shooter’. And if you listen to that demo, you can kind of get a sense where we’re headed. We’re definitely not ‘Nothing To Gain’ [1993], because ‘Nothing To Gain’ was kind of forced. In other words, grunge was out at the time. A lot of the thrash bands, it was just, like, their labels are going, ‘This grunge thing is happening. We need it to be heavy like grunge.’ So that’s where you get ‘Nothing To Gain’. And I think if you talk to Zet [Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza] and the guys in EXODUS, they’ll tell you the same thing about — I forget the name of the album that they put out around the same time. But there was a lot of pressure from the label to be something that we were not. When we did those three songs on that ’93 demo, you can hear the you-can-piss-off attitude in those songs, like, ‘I don’t give a shit what anyone wants to hear. This is who we are and this is what’s gonna come out.’ So it’s kind of bridge between ‘Eternal [Nightmare]’ [1988], ‘Oppressing [The Masses]’ [1990] and the ’93 demo is what you’re kind of gonna get today — a combination of those three.”

This news comes after Phil Demmel recently said that the band already have “two songs done.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Phil Demmel Offers Update On New Vio-lence EP

During a recent interview with Exodus frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza on “Zetro’s Toxic Vault,” Vio-lence’s Phil Demmel offered an update on the band’s new EP. The guitarist said that the band already have “two songs done” and that they have “ideas for two more.”

Demmel said the following:

“We’ve got two songs done. We’ve got ideas for two more. I come up with the riffs. But Perry’s [Strickland, drummer] there while we’re structuring. He took some time off from playing, and he’s now getting to a point to where, especially last week at practice, to where now he’s going off of muscle memory again and he’s not having to think about [all the parts anymore]. He’s better when he doesn’t have to think about stuff.”

He also continued after being asked if the band have a timeline for the release:

“Not really. We’ve been talking with the people at Metal Blade. When [the songs are] ready, they’re ready. This [coronavirus pandemic] has given us more time. But still, it’s gotta be fucking killer. I had a riff that the [other] dudes were kind of digging, and I’m all, ‘I don’t got a boner with this one.’ I want a 10-foot boner with everything that we’re doing now. It’s gotta be better, it’s gotta be fucking kick-ass, and there’s parts of it that wasn’t… I don’t wanna put out some crap.”

Demmel also added that the songs are “hard to play”:

“I set the bar kind of high in the riffs and wanting them to be difficult. And working with Perry, I bet he goes home cursing me at night, just because they’re fucking hard songs, the structures. There’s hard parts and a lot to ’em, but they’re gonna be fucking kick-ass.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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 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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