Watch Vio-lence, Vision Of Disorder, Nonpoint, Etc. Members Cover Don Henley‘s “The Boys Of Summer“

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Tim Williams (Vision Of Disorder, Bloodsimple), Robb Rivera (Nonpoint), Piggy D (Rob Zombie, The Haxans), and Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through) have joined forces for a cover of Don Henley‘s “The Boys Of Summer.“ You can check that out below. Phil Demmel commented:

“Been wanting to do a cover with Robb Rivera, Tim Williams and Piggy D for awhile, but as the the Vio-lence recording was progressing and other (paying) opportunities were becoming priority to my recording practice, I was phasing out the collab-a-jams as the music industry is starting to crawl back. Then @pauliezofficial approached me about contributing another song for the @davidzfoundation fundraiser this year it presented this opportunity to jam with my buds. My wife Marta added some awesome keys and our youngest son, Magnus makes his video premiere. Please check out the foundation and it’s cause and thanks to all who helped create this jam.”

Metal Allegiance Announce Patchogue, NY Show

Metal Allegiance will be performing at Stereo Garden in Patchogue, NY on September 25. The event will feature core members Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), Mark Menghi, and Alex Skolnick (Testament) as well as Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), and John Bush (Armored Saint, ex-Anthrax).

Several of the participating artists commented:

Bush:

“Always a blast to get on the stage with my Metal Allegiance homies. Never played on the Island with ’em! This is a first for me… I’m looking forward to getting on any stage at this point. We’ll be tearing through some Metal Allegiance originals, classic metal songs along with some Anthrax tunes from the records I made with them… It is Anthrax’s 40th anniversary after all… Come on out, metalheads!”

Menghi:

“Metal Allegiance is back! Can’t wait to hit the stage again and shed some of these COVID pounds! Haha. It’s been way too long since we hit it and this show is a special one as it’s on Metal Allegiance’s home turf of Long Island. New York audiences have some catching up to do with our West Coast friends. Let’s show them how it’s done!”

Portnoy:

“After an unexpected year and half vacation, I am sooooooo excited to finally be playing live again! And what better way to break my post-COVID cherry than with my metal brothers in Metal Allegiance! And what better place than my old home sweet home, Strong Island… I can’t wait!”

Skolnick:

“We are all looking forward to hitting the stage once again as Metal Allegiance, this time in Long Island, our symbolic hometown, sight of many meetings (and tacos) and location of our first recording. After the year or so we’ve all had, this first (and only) Metal Allegiance gig of 2021 will have an extra special energy. Don’t miss it!”

Rob Rush (94.3 The Shark) will serve as a guest MC at the concert, which is set to be filmed for a future streaming event and live release. Killcode, Magus Beast and To The Pain will open.

Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta Recruits Testament And Vio-lence Members For New Jasta Album

Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta has revealed that Chuck Billy (Testament) and Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) will be guesting on his new Jasta album “…And Jasta For All.“ That effort is currently in the pre-production phase.

Watch Megadeth, Steel Panther, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Dokken’s “Tooth And Nail”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Russell Allen (Symphony X), and Stix Zadinia (Steel Panther) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Dokken’s “Tooth And Nail.” Demmel commented:

“Me and Stix has been wanting to jam on something for awhile and finally had the opportunity on one of my favorite tunes from this era. Steel Panther took over the MH practice gear in Germany after our sets at the Rock Am Park Festival in 2012 and were slaying a bunch of Dokken covers. This had to be one we did. I had realized that Dave hadn’t guested on a CaJ yet so he was a no-brainer. Dave and I have the same mind-set as things go and he’s one of my favorites in the business. Always quick with the tracks and loves to get things done. Russell was the final piece and came through big. Such a huge talent and gave the song all the sprinkles. Paul Fig has been such a rad connection through all of this and beefed up our mix while Wayne Marsala is always on point with the vid edits. Thanks to George, Don, Mick and Jeff for creating such a ROKKEN tune and to all who had a part in bringing this cover to life.”

Watch System Of A Down, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Stone Temple Pilots’ “Dead & Bloated”

Jason Christopher (Corey Taylor, ex-Prong, etc.), Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), and Brandon Pertzborn (Ho99o9, Corey Taylor, etc.) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Stone Temple Pilots‘ “Dead & Bloated.“ Christopher commented:

“I hope you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed making it. I would like to thank the homeys: @jayruston For taking time out of his busy schedule to do this sweet mix, @rarebirdlit for the studio, @dirtyern12 for making this rad video, and @ra_diaz for the company and my brothers in arms: @phildemmel @shavoodadjian @brandonpertzborn I love you guys so much and thank you for absolutely crushing this!! I hope we did @stpband justice ❤️👊🏻❤️”

[via The PRP]

Vio-lence, Tyketto, Etc. Members Team Up For Quarantine Cover Of Scorpions’ “Blackout”

Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Dee Dammers (U.D.O.), Michael “Mülli” Müller (Jaded Heart), André Hilgers (Bonfire), and Peter Östros (Jaded Heart) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Scorpions’ “Blackout.” You can check that out below:

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.”

James Durbin (Ex-Quiet Riot) Premieres New Video For “Kings Before You” Featuring Chris Jericho (Fozzy) And Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head)

James Durbin (ex-Quiet Riot) has premiered a new video for his latest single “Kings Before You.” The track, which features Chris Jericho (Fozzy) and Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), is from Durbin’s new album “The Beast Awakens,” which will be released on February 12.

Phil Demmel Says Vio-lence Have “Four Songs Done” For Their Upcoming EP

During a recent interview with Wicked Pix Photography, Phil Demmel offered an update on the new Vio-lence EP. According to him, the band currently have “four songs done” for the effort.

Demmel said the following:

“It’s been a pretty slow process, just because everybody’s kind of working on [other things]. We’ve got a five-song EP that we’re putting out on Metal Blade — five songs, plus the cover [of Dead Kennedys’ ‘California Über Alles’] that’s already been released, but that’ll be part of the package. So we’ve got four songs done. We’ve got the beginning of the fifth one going. We’ve been demoing.”

“Christian Olde Wolbers from Fear Factory is playing bass for us now, and he’s been producing our demos and engineering our demos. So it’s cool to have him be super hands-on and be right there. We’ve got the rig right in our jam room, and everybody learning the tunes. We flew Bobby Gustafson from Overkill out. He’s our guitar player, and he’s gonna play on the record. So we had them out. And it was the first time that we really sat down and [fleshed] out the parts of the songs. They’ve seen videos, but these songs are hard to play, man. They’re hard for me to play; I’m still working on some of the parts.”

He continued when asked about the musical direction of the new material:

“It’s a thrash record. We’ve had a couple of buddies come in and listen to some songs, and they were, like, ‘Holy shit, man. You guys haven’t missed a step. It sounds like 1987 in here again.’ So it’s really exciting. We’re really, really happy with the tunes.”

“It’s fun writing with the dudes again. I’m writing all the music for these five songs, for this first EP. We’re probably gonna end up doing a full-length after, with [all] five [of us] writing together. But this one, it’s just me and Sean [Killian] writing.”

Demmel also added the following when asked about possible release plans:

“I don’t know. We don’t fucking know. We don’t know when we’re gonna record. We’re still demoing and still kind of writing. It’ll be summer — maybe late summer next year — before we release [anything]. We might tease a song [before that].”

[via Blabbermouth]

James Durbin (Ex-Quiet Riot) Premieres New Song “Kings Before You” Featuring Chris Jericho (Fozzy) And Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head)

James Durbin (ex-Quiet Riot) has premiered a new song titled “Kings Before You.” The track, which features Chris Jericho (Fozzy) and Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), is from Durbin’s new album “The Beast Awakens,” which will be released on February 12.