Vio-lence Recruit Guitarist Ira Black For Summer European Tour

Vio-lence have recruited guitarist Ira Black (Lizzy Borden, etc.) for their upcoming European tour. He will be filling in for Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head), who is set to fill in for Willie Adler during Lamb Of God’s European shows.

Black issued the following statement:

“The cats out of the bag! I will be filling in for my brotha Phil Demmel in Vio-Lence Offical Page for the upcoming 2022 dates starting at the Brutal Assault Festival on August 9th, Alcatraz Metal Festival on the 13th, the South America run in September and winter European tour! This is going to be a blast and I’m truly honored!

Vio-Lence is a legendary Bay Area thrash band and I’ve known them for many years. I’ve had a great time learning Phil’s parts, rehearsals are going great, these guys are the real deal! I’m looking forward to slaying it for the Vio-Lence fans around the world. See you out there! 🔥”

Lamb Of God Recruit Guitarist Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head) For Summer European Shows

Lamb Of God have recruited Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) to fill in for Willie Adler on their summer European tour. There is no official statement regarding Adler’s absence, but previous reports suggest that the guitarist is unable to enter certain countries due to his apparent refusal to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Demmel is set to take part in the following dates:

08/05 Rasnov, ROM – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
08/07 Lokeren, BEL – Lokerse Festival
08/09 Ljubljana, SLO – Cvetlicarna
08/10 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra Track
08/12 Turku, FIN – Knotfest
08/14 Walton-on-Trent, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
08/18 Nurnberg, GER – Z-Bau
08/19 Koln, GER – Live Music Hall
08/20 Sulingen, GER – Reload Festival
08/21 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo Metalfest

While unconfirmed, many have assumed that Demmel will likely join Lamb Of God on their fall tour with Kreator and Thy Art Is Murder as well. Here’s the dates for that run:

11/18 Copenhagen, DEN – Forum Black Box
11/19 Stockholm, SWE – Fryshuset Arenan
11/21 Oulu, FIN – Teatria
11/22 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall Black Box
11/24 Warsaw, POL – Stodola
11/26 Munich, GER – Zenith
11/27 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
11/29 Tilburg, NET – 013
11/30 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique
12/02 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena
12/03 Essen, GER – Grugahalle
12/04 Saarbrucken, GER – Saarlandhalle
12/06 Madrid, SPA – Riviera
12/07 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
12/09 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
12/10 Hamburg, GER – Edel Optics Arena
12/11 Leipzig, GER – Haus Auensee
12/13 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
12/14 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy Glasgow
12/15 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy Birmingham
12/16 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy Bristol
12/18 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
12/20 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
12/21 Dubendorf, SWI – Samsung Hall

Anthrax’s Scott Ian To Guest On New Album From Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian will be guesting on Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta‘s new album “…And Jasta For All.“ You can find a clip of him in the studio below. Previously confirmed guests include: Testament frontman Chuck Billy, Exodus frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza, Viol-lence guitarist Phil Demmel and Nuclear Assault bassist Dan Lilker.

Lamb Of God Recruit Phil Demmel (Vio-lence) For Current Canadian Shows

Lamb Of God have recruited Phil Demmel (Vio-lence) once again for their current live shows. The guitarist is filling in for Willie Adler during the Canadian dates of the band’s “Metal Tour Of The Year” with Megadeth, Trivium, and In Flames. You can see footage of the group performing with Demmel in Laval, Quebec below:

Watch Lamb Of God Perform With Fit For An Autopsy And Vio-Lence Members In Green Bay, WI

During Lamb Of God’s April 22 show in Green Bay, WI, the band performed with an adjusted lineup featuring Fit For An Autopsy frontman Joe Badolato on vocals and Vio-lence guitarist Phil Demmel on bass. You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. Badolato was filling in for Randy Blythe, who is still recovering from COVID-19, while Demmel was filling in for John Campbell, who needed to “take care a family matter back home.” The group commented:

“Thank you to our brother Joe Badolato (@joebad) for helping make Green Bay a special night. Sioux Falls – Randy will be in Sioux Falls and return to the stage tomorrow night! Additionally, John Campbell had to take care a family matter back home and will be away for a few days. We had time to plan for this so @PhilDemmel has graciously joined us and will fill in on bass. We support each other as family and look forward to John’s quick return.”

Vio-lence’s Sean Killian Says Phil Demmel’s Fill-In Role In Lamb Of God Came About Because “A Couple Of The Guys In The Band Are Not Down With Doing The Vaxx”

During an interview with KNAC.com , Vio-lence frontman Sean Killian discussed guitarist Phil Demmel’s fill-in role in Lamb Of God. According to him, Demmel was recruited to fill in for Lamb Of God guitarist Willie Adler due to his COVID-19 vaccination status. Killian said the following:

“[Phil has] been asked by Lamb Of God to be able to step in for ’em, ’cause a couple of the guys in the band are not down with doing the vaxx. So if there’s countries that are still closed by the time they go out, he’ll go out. But we have a solid backup already ready to go. And he’s someone that a lot of people know; I just don’t wanna say who it is. You don’t wanna put it out there and then not have it happen. But if Phil‘s not there, the guy that will be there is just as good as Phil is on the axe. He’s a shredder. And everyone knows him, so if I told you, you would know right away.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Guitarist Dave Linsk To Miss Overkill’s Upcoming Tour, Vio-lence’s Phil Demmel To Fill In

Overkill guitarist Dave Linsk will be missing the band’s spring tour due to “personal reasons.” During his absence, Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) will be filling in.

Frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth told the Chicago Tribune the following:

“We’ve used Phil in the past when we’ve had issues. We’re prepared. We’re ready. It’s not about the strength of the individual but about the strength of the unit. We found that out with Phil when he stepped in. It’s just nice to be able to do what you do whether you’re the concertgoer or whether you’re the concert performer. Let’s get back to normal. Let’s do what we do best. Let’s have a little bit of fun.”

Tour Dates (with Prong):

03/03 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
03/04 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
03/06 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
03/07 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
03/08 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
03/09 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
03/10 Chicago, IL – Concord
03/11 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
03/12 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
03/13 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
03/14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
03/16 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
03/17 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
03/18 New York, NY – Palladium
03/19 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre

Vio-lence Hope To Record Another EP By Next Fall

Vio-lence’s new EP, “Let The World Burn,” won’t be released until March 4, but it looks like the band are already thinking about a follow-up. Guitarist Phil Demmel said the following about that [via Blabbermouth]:

“I’d like to do another EP rather than an album, and we’re working on the songs for it already, and hopefully we’ll get in to record by next fall. We want to constantly be releasing music, and constantly doing shows. At this stage, we’re excited for everybody who’s still excited for this band. To them, I say thank you for still listening to and supporting us. We’re excited to come play, so spread the VIO-LENCE.”

Watch Vio-lence Guitarist Phil Demmel Perform U.S. National Anthem At Dublin Gaels Basketball Game

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) performed the U.S. national anthem during a February 10 Dublin Gaels basketball game. You can find footage of that below:

Ex-Machine Head Guitarist Phil Demmel Discusses Filling In For Slayer, Overkill, & Lamb Of God

During an interview with Blabbermouth, Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) discussed his work as a fill-in guitarist. For those unaware, the musician has filled in for a number of heavy hitters in recent years including Slayer in 2018, Overkill last year, and Lamb Of God this year.

Demmel said the following:

“The SLAYER thing happened within 24 hours of me quitting MACHINE HEAD. I think [SLAYER drummer] Paul Bostaph’s girlfriend knew that MACHINE HEAD was done and knew that I was home, so they reached out for that. As the urban legend goes [laughs], I had three hours to learn 19 songs. It was pretty successful; a fill-in trip, one of the higher-profile things you can imagine — SLAYER on their final world tour. I filled in for my buddies in NONPOINT, too. The OVERKILL gig was more about me and Bobby [Ellsworth, vocals] doing the BPMD record together [2020’s ‘American Made’]. We’re familiar and I got the rep of being able to learn songs pretty quick. The METAL ALLEGIANCE, guys, too. I’ll play 25 songs with them in a night. It’s one of those quirky things where I can learn songs pretty quickly and I can pick them up pretty quick.”

“I was pretty confident with the OVERKILL songs. We had three good rehearsals. I didn’t rehearse with SLAYER at all. I played two songs at a soundcheck. [Laughs] ‘Okay, we’re good!’ It’s like, ‘Fuck!’ OVERKILL, we had a couple of days of rehearsal. I had two and a half, three weeks to prepare for that. I felt pretty strong with that.”

“The LAMB OF GOD gig, that was a big deal. They had approached me before their MEGADETH States tour last summer and wanted me to learn both parts, Mark [Morton] and Willie’s, just in case one got sick, they didn’t want to cancel their tour. That’s where I am: I’m their bullpen guy when one of them can’t make the shows, I’m ready to go. It’s such a high-profile band. I didn’t want to go out there and blow it. I wanted the band to sound good. I wanted to keep that pride in what they are and not have a drop-off. Willie and I play differently. There’s different vibrato in our left-hand and pinkies. I didn’t want there to be a drop-off. I wanted people to be not-bummed that he wasn’t there. And that’s not a slag on Willie. If I went to see one of my favorite bands, let’s say QUEENSRŸCHE. I want to see [Chris] DeGarmo, I want to see Michael Wilton. No slight against the other dudes, but they better fucking bring it if they’re not going to be out there.”