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]

Byzantine, Five Finger Death Punch, Bad Wolves, Etc. Members Share Quarantine Cover Of Metallica’s “The Shortest Straw”

Chris “OJ” Ojeda (Byzantine) has joined forces with Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, etc.), Chris Kale (Five Finger Death Punch), and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.) for a quarantine cover of Metallica‘s “The Shortest Straw.” You can check that out below:

Ojeda commented:

“Chris [Kael] and I have discussed working on something over the past few years since we are old friends. When I mentioned a Metallica cover during this time of restriction, he jumped at the chance. He was able to bring Mike [Portnoy] on board pretty quickly and I pulled Doc [Coyle] and Phil [Demmel] in.

I have been musically dormant since the release of ‘The Cicada Tree‘, spending time raising my 3 kids and building Trident Music Facility, so it feels GREAT to track some guitars and vocals again. ‘The Shortest Straw‘ is quite possibly a perfect Metallica song. I am a piece of driftwood in a sea of Gold performing this classic tune with these fantastic musicians! We hope you enjoy.”

Exodus, Ex-Slayer, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Dead Kennedys’ “Police Truck”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.), and Matt Hoffman (Rancid) have shared a quarantine cover of Dead Kennedys’ “Police Truck.” You can check that out below:

Demmel commented:

“Back in the early 80′ Zet’s brother John and I convinced him to sing for our band, ON PAROLE. He helped introduce me to the Bay Area music scene and between the 2 of them, tried their best to corrupt my adolescent ways. Zet would sing the lyrics to this song and do his best Jello Biafra impersonation, it’s been embedded in my head so much that I needed to bring it to life and jam this out.

I reached out to Dave Lombardo because I knew he LOVED the DKs and would help me add some power since I tracked 2 over-driven guitar tracks. I then reached out to my bud Lars from RANCID and he suggested the RANCID bass player, Matt who has played the song many times before and would nail it. He did.

I picked this one before all the recent activity so this song isn’t any kind of statement or declaration. It’s 4 dudes jamming music.

Be good to each other all y’all!!!!!”

Vio-lence, Fuel, Etc. Members Team Up For Cover Of Muse’s “Hysteria”

Phil Buckman (Fuel, ex-Filter), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Brian Tichy (Silverthorne, ex-Whitesnake, etc.), and Lukas Rossi (ex-Rock Star Supernova, The Halo Method) recently teamed up for a quarantine cover of Muse’s “Hysteria.” You can see footage of that below:

Megadeth, Testament, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Share Quarantine Cover Of Black Sabbath’s “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) has joined forces with Dino Jelusick (Animal Drive), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Steve Di Giorgio (Testament), Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through), and Julie Belanger Roy for a quarantine cover of Black Sabbath’s “Falling Off The Edge Of The World.” You can check that out below:

Phil commented:

“As the anniversary of Ronnie’s passing was getting close, I reached out to Dino Jelusić to see if he’d be into singing on this tune. I saw him sing with TSO a few years back and thought he was awesome, but watching a vid of him cover the Badlands song “The Last Time” blew me the fuck away. A Sabbath/Dio cover needs to nailed. It had to be him. I next hit up my Bay-Area Brother, Steve Di Giorgio to do the Geezer parts. We’d known each for about 35 years but never jammed together. I thought he’d be perfect.

The intro is pretty layered. Steve had suggested we get real strings and brought in Julie Belanger Roy, she then layed down both a viola and violin track. My wife Marta found a keyboard patch that sounds sooooo close to the original and they NAIL it, all the way to the descending slide. I asked Steve about drummers and he mentioned he knew Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork/Megadeth and could reach out. I had just watched Dirk play with Devin Townsend on the 70K Tons cruise and loved watching him play. A world-class drummer.

Sounds like SDG put this line-up together? He pretty much did. Juan Urteaga got a slamming mix together and Scott Kirkeeng played around with the RotoScope effect you see on the vid.

So much appreciation and thanks to all the above for the effort. This is done for fun and for the love of music, and this song was done in tribute of a man we ALL admire and carry the torch for. RJD RIP”

Watch Graham Bonnet Perform Michael Schenker Group’s “Assault Attack” With Vio-lence, Bleeding Through, Armored Saint, Etc. Members

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) has shared a quarantine cover of the Michael Schenker Group’s “Assault Attack.” The track also features Graham Bonnet (ex-Rainbow, ex-Michael Schenker Group), Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through), John Tempesta (The Cult), Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), and Mike Tempesta (ex-Powerman 5000).

Phil Demmel commented:

“I knew I had wanted to jam on a tune with Johnny but I hadn’t came across which one. I knew he was a huge Cozy Powell fan and we both love Schenker so I proposed the instrumental MSG tune ‘Into the Arena’. He had done something similar to that tune previously with his brother Mike and suggested the banger track ‘Assault Attack’, off a record featuring vocalist Graham Bonnet and a friend of John’s, Ted Mckenna (who had tragically passed away a few years back). He then (kinda) joked about asking Graham to sing on it then reached out to him and made it happen! Marta nailed the keys and vocal harmonies and our good friend and incredible bassist Joey Vera from the legendary Armored Saint not only laid down the bass tracks, but also provided the mix for this. Mike and I both played our Schenker tribute guitars Originally aired for Metal Injections ‘Slay at Home’ fest and video edit by Frank Godla. Thanks to Conrad for getting us Graham’s vocal/vid, and to Joey Vera for the mix!”

Watch Vio-lence & Bleeding Through Members Cover Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) and his wife Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through) have shared footage of themselves performing a cover of Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin’.“ You can check that out below. Phil commented:

“Marta and I recorded this for a SoundwavesTV episode. Our cover band The Merkins jam it and wanted to share this version with you all. Thanks to my Mom for filming!”

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]

Watch Halestorm, Judas Priest, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Thin Lizzy’s “Bad Reputation”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) has shared a quarantine performance of Thin Lizzy’s “Bad Reputation.” The cover finds the guitarist joined by Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), and Mike Inez (Alice In Chains). Demmel commented:

“First in a series. After Marta and I had so much fun covering [Alice In Chains’] “No Excuses”, I invited my buds Dave McClain, Richie Faulkner, Mike Inez and resident Bad-Ass Lzzy Hale to hang on one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands. Mixed by Paul Fig, Vid Edit by Todd Shuss. More “Collab-A-Jams” coming soon and look for a Guitar Breakdown/Playthrough show coming as soon as the Shelter in Place rules allow.”

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]