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.”

Lamb Of God, Mercyful Fate, Dimmu Borgir, Etc. Set For 2022 Bloodstock Open Air Festival

The first set of bands have been revealed for next year’s Bloodstock Open Air festival. The event will take place at Catton Park in Derbyshire, UK on August 11-14, 2022 and it will feature: Lamb Of God, Mercyful Fate, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Bury Tomorrow, Vio-lence, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, Sacred Reich, GWAR, Exodus, The Black Dahlia Murder, Static-X, Heathen, Bloodywood, Life Of Agony, The Night Flight Orchestra, and Butcher Babies.

Mastodon, Vio-lence, Goatwhore, Etc. Added To 2021 Psycho Las Vegas

Mastodon, Vio-lence, Goatwhore, Mutoid Man, and Knocked Loose have been added to the 2021 Psycho Las Vegas Festival. This news comes after Emperor, Mayhem, Satyricon, Watain, and more were forced to drop off the event due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will be held in Las Vegas, NV on August 20-22 with a pre-show “Psycho Swim” event scheduled for August 19.

Here’s the updated daily lineups and set times:

August 19 (Psycho Swim):

Daylight Beach Club:

Old Man Gloom 10:30PM – close
Bongzilla 8:30PM – 9:30PM
Death Valley Girls 7:10PM – 8:10PM
Polyrhythmics 5:30PM – 6:50PM
The Skull 4:10PM – 5:10PM
Blackwater Holylight 2:50PM – 3:50PM
Here Lies Man 1:30PM – 2:30PM
DJ Scott Seltzer 12PM – 1:30PM
DJ Painkiller (record selector)

Rhythm & Riffs Lounge (Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino):

DJ Nate Carson 1AM – 2AM
Wino (acoustic) 12AM – 1AM

August 20:

Main Stage:

Mastodon 9:30PM – close
Obituary 7PM – 8:15PM
Vio-lence 5:20PM – 6:20PM
Goatwhore 3:50PM – 4:50PM
Mutoid Man 2:25PM – 3:15PM
Knocked Loose 1PM – 1:50PM
DJ Painkiller (record selector)

Mandalay Bay Beach:

GZA (“Liquid Swords” 25th anniversary set) 11PM – 12AM
Ty Segall 9:50PM – 10:40PM
The Sword 8:40PM – 9:30PM
Paul Cauthen 7:30PM – 8:20PM

House Of Blues:

Health 12:30AM – close
Cephalic Carnage 11:20PM – 12:10AM
Exhorder (performing “Slaughter in the Vatican”) 10:05PM – 11PM
Claude Fontaine 8:50PM – 9:50PM
Pinback 7:35PM – 8:35PM
King Dude 6:20PM – 7:20PM
???? 5:05PM – 6:05PM
Khemmis 4PM – 4:50PM
Toke 3PM – 3:45PM
Alms 2PM – 2:45PM
Foie Gras 1:05PM – 1:45PM
Lord Buffalo 12PM – 12:50PM

Rhythm & Riffs Lounge:

DJ Pubes 1AM – 2AM
Mothership 12AM – 1AM
Bridge City Sinners 10:20PM – 11:30PM
Mother Mercury 9PM – 10PM
Highlands 7:55PM – 8:50PM
Psychlona 6:50PM – 7:40PM
Ask Doc Q&A (w/ Blasko & Bruce Lamont) 5:10PM – 6:40PM
Hippie Death Cult 4PM – 5PM
DJ Dwid Hellion 2:50PM – 4PM
Deathchant 2PM – 2:50PM
DJ Scott Seltzer 12PM – 2PM

August 21:

Main Stage:

Danzig (“Danzig II: Lucifuge” 26th anniversary set) 9:15PM – close
The Flaming Lips 7:10PM – 8:20PM
Thievery Corporation 5:20PM – 6:40PM
Deafheaven 3:50PM – 4:50PM
Red Fang 2:25PM – 3:35PM

Mandalay Bay Beach:

Cannibal Corpse 11PM – 12AM
Dying Fetus 9:50PM – 10:40PM
Pig Destroyer 8:40PM – 9:30PM
Primitive Man 7:30PM – 8:20PM

House Of Blues:

Tim Dillon 12AM – close
Cursive 10PM – 11PM
Death By Stereo 8:50PM – 9:40PM
Poison The Well 7:35PM – 8:35PM
Boysetsfire 6:30PM – 7:20PM
Adamantium 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Eyehategod 4PM – 5PM
Profanatica 3PM – 3:45PM
Curl Up And Die 2PM – 2:45PM
Eighteen Visions 1PM – 1:45PM
Unto Others 12PM – 12:25PM
Vaelmyst 11AM – 11:45AM

Rhythm & Riffs Lounge:

DJ Ethan McCarthy 12AM – 2AM
Black Sabbitch 11PM – 12AM
DJ Brant Bjork 9PM – 11PM
Fatso Jetson 7:50PM – 8:40PM
Silvertomb 6:40PM – 7:30PM
Bruce Lamont (interviews Phil Anselmo) 5:20PM – 6:30PM
Withered 4:15PM – 5PM
????? 3:10PM – 4PM
Flavor Crystals 2PM – 2:50PM
DJ Scott Seltzer 12PM – 2PM

August 22:

Main Stage:

Down (performing “NOLA”) 7:15PM – close
Exodus 5:25PM – 6:35PM
High On Fire 3:50PM – 5PM
Midnight 2:20PM – 3:20PM
Integrity 1PM – 1:50PM

Mandalay Bay Beach:

Osees 11PM – 12AM
Full Of Hell 9:50PM – 10:40PM
Weedeater 8:40PM – 9:30PM
Dengue Fever 7:30PM – 8:20PM

House Of Blues:

Drab Majesty 12:15AM – 1:15AM
Repulsion 11PM – 12AM
Devourment 9:45PM – 10:45PM
Broken Hope 8:40PM – 9:30PM
TSOL 7:35PM – 8:25PM
Immolation 6:20PM – 7:20PM
Frankie and the Witch Fingers 5:05PM – 6:05PM
Kanga 4PM – 4:50PM
Creeping Death 3PM – 3:45PM
Glacial Tomb 2PM – 2:45PM
Vitriol 1PM – 1:45PM
Warish 12PM – 12:45PM

Rhythm & Riffs Lounge:

DJ Painkiller 12:30AM – 2AM
ASG 11:20PM – 12:30AM
Stöner 10PM – 11PM
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears 8:45PM – 9:45PM
Sasquatch 7:40PM – 8:30PM
Howling Giant 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Amigo The Devil 5PM – 6:10PM
Relaxer 3:30PM – 4:40PM
Bruce Lamont (solo) 2PM – 3PM
DJ Scott Seltzer 12PM – 2PM

Eyecandy Lounge:

Health (DJ set) 11:30PM – 2AM
Domenic Palermo (Nothing) (DJ set) 9:30PM – 11:30PM
DJ Pubes 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Max & Iggor Cavalera, Morbid Angel, Destruction, And Enforced Added To 2022 Maryland Deathfest

Max & Iggor Cavalera, Morbid Angel, Destruction, and Enforced have been added to next year’s Maryland Deathfest. That event is scheduled to take place in Baltimore, MD on May 26-29, 2022 and the updated daily lineups can be found below. Notably, the Cavalera brothers plan to perform songs from Sepultura’s “Beneath The Remains” and “Arise“ during their set.

Lineup:

May 26 (at Rams Head Live):

  • Asthma Castle
  • Acid Witch
  • Cough
  • Frizzi 2 Fulci (Fabio Frizzi in Concert. A Tribute to Lucio Fulci)
  • Primitive Man
  • Warmask
  • Yautja

May 26 (at Soundstage):

  • Funerus
  • Limbsplitter
  • Mortician
  • Mortiferum
  • Putrid Pile
  • Scattered Remnants
  • Skeletal Remains

May 27 (at Edison Lot):

  • Atheist
  • Bloodbath
  • Carcass
  • Graveyard
  • Massacre
  • Monstrosity
  • Obituary
  • Suffocation
  • Scorched

May 27 (at Rams Head Live):

  • Blaze of Perdition
  • Panzerfaust
  • Spite

May 27 (at Soundstage):

  • ACxDC
  • Antichrist
  • At War
  • Blood Feast
  • Cloud Rat
  • Fistula
  • Fuck the Facts
  • Miasmatic Necrosis
  • No/Mas
  • Vio-lence

May 28 (at Edison Lot):

  • Cancer
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Cavalera (Max and Iggor Cavalera performing songs from Sepultura‘s “Beneath The Remains” & “Arise“)
  • Cerebral Rot
  • Coroner
  • Dismember
  • Enforced
  • Imprecation
  • Novembers Doom
  • Onslaught
  • Triptykon
  • Vircolac

May 28 (at Rams Head Live):

  • Impure
  • Avslut
  • Necrophobic
  • Nifelheim

May 28 (at Soundstage):

  • Backslider
  • Cadaveric Incubator
  • Flesh Parade
  • Haemorrhage
  • Holy Cost
  • Impaled
  • Malignant Altar
  • Napalm Raid
  • Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench
  • Skitsystem
  • Throaat

May 29 (at Edison Lot):

  • Blood Incantation
  • Demilich
  • Destruction
  • Divine Eve
  • Hypocrisy
  • Morbid Angel
  • Necrofier
  • Nocturnus AD
  • Nunslaughter
  • Sacrilegia
  • Triumph of Death
  • Valkyrja

May 29 (at Rams Head Live):

  • Archgoat
  • Devil Master
  • Dark Fortress
  • Sacramentum (performing ‘Far Away From The Sun‘ in its entirety)

May 29 (at Soundstage):

  • Antichrist Siege Machine
  • Birdflesh
  • Butcher ABC
  • Exhorder
  • General Surgery
  • Gravesend
  • Shock Narcotic
  • Warfck
  • Whoresnation
  • Zombie Assault

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.”