Bay Area thrash icons VIO-LENCE are readying to kick off a stretch of live shows this weekend with Swiss thrash legends, Coroner. The journey begins May 21st with a pair of shows at Reggies in Chicago.
Exciter and Lich King join the run for some select shows leading up to VIO-LENCE’s performance at Maryland Deathfest. In June, the band will play a trio of shows in Oakland, Seattle, and Portland. In August, VIO-LENCE will perform in San Diego and Los Angeles before pillaging the stage at this year’s edition of Psycho Las Vegas! See all confirmed dates below.
5/21/2022 Reggies – Chicago, IL w/ Coroner
5/22/2022 Reggies – Chicago, IL w/ Coroner
5/24/2022 Middle East – Boston, MA w/ Coroner, Exciter, Lich King
5/25/2022 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA w/ Coroner, Exciter, Lich King
5/26/2022 Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY w/ Coroner, Exciter, Lich King
5/27/2022 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD
6/05/2022 Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA
6/10/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
6/11/2022 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
8/16/2022 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
8/17/2022 Catch One – Los Angeles, CA
8/19/2022 Psycho Las Vegas @ Resorts World – Las Vegas, NV
An integral part of the San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal scene was, and still is, the quintet known as VIO-LENCE. Formed in 1985, they entered that scene with the intentions of being the most aggressive band that scene had to offer, always delivering a devastating live show complete with vicious mosh pits and constant stage diving by their faithful following, and a nonstop dose of adrenaline delivered by the band. Even though they had not performed since 2003, their frantic style of thrash metal still appeals to metalheads globally. Now they’re reformed and back with their intense live performance and their frantic music. Joining original members Perry Strickland (drums), Sean Killian (vocals) and Phil Demmel (guitars) are legendary artists Bobby Gustafson (guitars) and Christian Olde Wolbers (bass), creating a formidable five-some ready to take the world by the throat.
The band recently issued their Let The World Burn EP via Metal Blade Records. The five-song EP showcases the band’s first new material in twenty-nine years and fully delivers on the classic VIO-LENCE sound. “That came very naturally,” states founding guitarist Phil Demmel. “I hadn’t written a lot of thrash in the past seventeen years or so but being the main songwriter for the band over the years I wanted that sound, I wanted that mid-‘80s raw thing, but I also wanted to capture our signature notes and structures and stuff like that.” Elaborates vocalist Sean Killian, “Each song has its own individual sound, they are all very thrash metal, there are grinding riffs, technical riffs, and plenty of speed. The lyrics are written freely with no restrictions and without compromise while the vocal patterns are typically unusual and delivered with a multitude of emotions.”
Let The World Burn was tracked in Trident Studios in Pacheco, California by Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Exodus), mixed by Tue Madsen (Dark Tranquillity, Heaven Shall Burn), and mastered by Ted Jensen (Alice In Chains, Death Angel with Demmel tracking his solos at home.
Preview and purchase Let The World Burn HERE.
Sean Killian – vocals
Perry Strickland – drums
Phil Demmel – guitars
Bobby Gustafson – guitars
Christian Olde Wolbers – bass