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PHIL DEMMEL Says VIO-LENCE's Recent Concert 'Turned Out To Be' A COVID-19 'Superspreader Event': 'We All Got Sick'

VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel says that the band's recent concert in California "turned out to be a superspreader event" after which his entire household and some of his bandmates contracted COVID-19. VIO-LENCE's August 6 appearance at Strummer's in Fresno marked the first performance by the band's current lineup, consisting of Demmel, singer Sean Killian and ...

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VIO-LENCE's SEAN KILLIAN, Who Was Hospitalized With COVID-19, Defends His Decision To Not Take Vaccine: 'It's About Freedom'

Vocalist Sean Killian of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metallers VIO-LENCE, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier in the month, has defended his decision to not take the coronavirus vaccine, saying "it's about freedom" for him. The 57-year-old musician, who battled stage four liver cirrhosis five years ago, revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis in a social ...

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Ex-D.R.I. Bassist HARALD OIMOEN Apologizes To VIO-LENCE Singer SEAN KILLIAN For 'No Sympathy' Comment

Former D.R.I. bassist Harald Oimoen has apologized to VIO-LENCE singer Sean Killian for saying that he had "no sympathy" for adults who refuse vaccination against COVID-19 and then become sick. On Sunday (August 22), Killian revealed that he been hospitalized with COVID-19 after contracting he virus "from a friend who was unaware he was carrying ...

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'Anti-Vaccination' VIO-LENCE Singer SEAN KILLIAN Blasts Ex-D.R.I. Bassist HARALD OIMOEN Over 'No Sympathy' Comment

VIO-LENCE singer Sean Killian has blasted Harald Oimoen as a "coward" after the former D.R.I. bassist said that he had "no sympathy" for adults who refuse vaccination against COVID-19 and then become sick. On Sunday (August 22), Killian revealed that he been hospitalized with COVID-19 after contracting he virus "from a friend who was unaware ...

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VIO-LENCE Singer SEAN KILLIAN Hospitalized With COVID-19: 'My Lung Capacity Is Diminished'

Vocalist Sean Killian of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metallers VIO-LENCE has been hospitalized with COVID-19. The 57-year-old musician, who battled stage four liver cirrhosis five years ago, revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis in a social media post earlier today. He wrote: "I entered the hospital Thursday to be treated for Covid. I contracted the virus ...

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VIO-LENCE Debuts New Song At Fresno Concert (Video)

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE debuted a new song, apparently titled "Upon Their Cross", during their concert this past Friday (August 6) at Strummer's in Fresno, California. The track will appear on the band's upcoming EP, "Let The World Burn", which is due in early 2022 via Metal Blade Records. The effort was ...

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Bay Area Legends BLIND ILLUSION To Release Long-Awaited New Album, 'Wrath Of The Gods', In 2022

Hammerheart Records has announced a co-operation with San Francisco Bay Area legends BLIND ILLUSION. The band's new album, "Wrath Of The Gods", will arrive in 2022. BLIND ILLUSION's current lineup features founding member Marc Biedermann (guitars and vocals), along with Tom Gears (bass), Doug Piercy (guitar; ex-HEATHEN) and Andy Galeon (drums; ex-DEATH ANGEL). Formed in ...

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VIO-LENCE, VOIVOD, EXCITER And ARTILLERY: Fall 2021 'MTV Headbangers Ball' European Tour Dates Announced

VIO-LENCE, VOIVOD, EXCITER and ARTILLERY will join forces for this year's "MTV Headbangers Ball" tour of Europe. The trek is currently scheduled to kick off on November 24 in Amersfoort, Netherlands and conclude on December 6 in Gothenburg, Sweden. So far, the following dates have been announced: Nov. 24 - Amersfoort, Netherlands - Fluor Nov. ...

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VIO-LENCE To Release 'Let The World Burn' EP In Early 2022

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE will release a new EP, "Let The World Burn", in early 2022 via Metal Blade Records. The effort was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California with producer Juan Urteaga, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD and EXODUS, among many others. Mixing duties were handled by ...

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VIO-LENCE Teases First New Music In Over 30 Years

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE have shared a teaser for their new EP. Tentatively due later this year via Metal Blade Records, the effort was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California with producer Juan Urteaga, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD and EXODUS, among many others. Singer Sean Killian previously ...

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DRESS THE DEAD Feat. Ex-FORBIDDEN Members: Two More Songs, 'There Goes The Sun' And 'Promises & Kisses', Now Available

San Francisco Bay Area-based metal/heavy rock outfit DRESS THE DEAD has released two more songs, "There Goes The Sun" and "Promises & Kisses". Both tracks are available on every streaming platform through Blood Blast, a digital subsidiary of Nuclear Blast Records. DRESS THE DEAD first announced the signing in December, along with a plan to ...

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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Says EXODUS's 'Bonded By Blood' Is 'Best Debut Album' From Any Of The 'Big Five' Of Thrash Metal Bands

ANTHRAX's Scott Ian says that EXODUS's "Bonded By Blood" is the "best debut album" to have been released by any of the "Big Five" thrash metal bands. Although EXODUS rarely gets mentioned alongside the so-called "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX — the aforementioned 1985 LP inspired the likes ...

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VIO-LENCE Completes Recording First New Music In Over 30 Years

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE have finished recording their new EP for a tentative late summer release via Metal Blade Records. The sessions took place at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California with producer Juan Urteaga, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD and EXODUS, among many others. Late Saturday night (April 24), ...

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MEGADETH, STEEL PANTHER, SYMPHONY X, Ex-MACHINE HEAD Members Cover DOKKEN's 'Tooth And Nail' (Video)

Former MACHINE HEAD and current VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel has teamed up with singer Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), drummer Stix Zadinia (STEEL PANTHER) and bassist David Ellefson (MEGADETH) to record a "quarantine" cover version of the DOKKEN song "Tooth And Nail" as part of Phil's series "Collab-A-Jam". Phil uploaded the video ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN, Ex-MACHINE HEAD Members Cover STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' 'Dead & Bloated' (Video)

Shavo Odadjian (SYSTEM OF A DOWN), Phil Demmel (VIO-LENCE, ex-MACHINE HEAD), Jason Christopher (Corey Taylor, ex-PRONG) and Brandon Pertzborn (HO99O9, Corey Taylor) have joined forces to record a quarantine cover of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' "Dead & Bloated". Check it out below. Christopher shared a video of the performance on his Instagram and wrote in an ...

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VIO-LENCE's PHIL DEMMEL And TYKETTO's DANNY VAUGHN Team Up For Quarantine Cover Of SCORPIONS' 'Blackout' (Video)

Members of VIO-LENCE, TYKETTO, U.D.O. and BONFIRE recently teamed up to record a quarantine cover version of the SCORPIONS classic "Blackout". You can watch the video below. Recording lineup: Vocals - Danny Vaughn (TYKETTO) Guitar - Phil Demmel (ex-MACHINE HEAD/VIO-LENCE) Guitar - Dee Dammers (U.D.O.) Bass - Michael "Mülli" Müller (JADED HEART) Drums - André ...

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VIO-LENCE Begins Recording First New Music In Over 30 Years

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE have entered Trident Studios in Pacheco, California to begin recording their new EP, tentatively due in late summer via Metal Blade Records. Helming the sessions is producer Juan Urteaga, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD and EXODUS, among many others. Earlier today, guitarist Phil Demmel shared ...

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VIO-LENCE To Begin Recording Comeback EP In January

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE will enter Trident Studios in Pacheco, California on January 18 to begin recording their new EP, tentatively due in late summer via Metal Blade Records. Helming the sessions will be producer Juan Urteaga, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD and EXODUS, among many others. Singer Sean ...

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