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Vio-lence was an American band formed 1985 in San Francisco, that released a few demo tapes, one EP and 3 LPs between 1985 and 1993. Notable for their funny vocals.

After establishing a secure line-up with Phil Demmel and Robb Flynn on guitars, Dean Dell on bass, Perry Strickland on drums and Sean Killian on vocals, they released a demo tape on Mechanic Records in 1986.

Soon after releasing their demo tape they entered the studio to record their debut album, called Eternal Nightmare, a seven track album released in 1988. Eternal Nightmare suffered in lack of promotion despite being well accepted by the thrash audience, and critics.

Together with the band Forbidden, they were labelled the new promises of Bay Area thrash and in 1989 they struck a deal with Megaforce Records to release their second album, titled Oppressing The Masses. Around that time, Perry Strickland substituted Tom Hunting of Exodus, yet only for a few shows, denying the possibility of staying permanently.

Finally in 1990, Oppressing The Masses (with legendary producer Alex Periales) was launched on Megaforce Records with better distribution and marketing than their debut, Eternal Nightmare. A video for the song “World in a World” has also been filmed.

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  • CriticalSwitch

    No you're not. Killian's vocals are hilarious and Vio-lence's music is far inferior to early Machine Head stuff.

    16 minutes ago Reply
  • TrueMithrandir

    more like Mehchine Head, aM I Rite?

    22 Dec 12:05am Reply
  • TrueMithrandir

    Sean Killian's vocals are powerful, emotive, some of the best in the genre

    22 Dec 12:02am Reply
  • PedroRattlehead

    FUDIDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    13 Nov 1:28am Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Eternal Nightmare!!!!

    2 Nov 5:29am Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    @metaldiscussor I'm just wondering now which thing is more gay: you or the singing on 'Eternal Nightmare'.

    19 Oct 12:21am Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    @CriticalSwitch kill yourself

    18 Oct 11:43am Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    absolutely fucking god tier

    18 Oct 11:43am Reply
  • Kertalaaki

    I don't know why so many people are discussing Machine Head here. They're not worth discussing. [2]

    9 Oct 3:10pm Reply
  • TheHeretik

    Eternal Nightmare is faster than Oppressing The Masses but Oppressing The Masses has a heavier and better production. They're both as good as each other for me.

    1 Oct 7:41am Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I like this thrash band. Eternal Nightmare is a lot better than Oppressing the Masses.

    28 Sep 2:26am Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    Early Machine Head was not a commercial act, and their first two albums sound way heavier and less childish than this Vio-lence mess. And Flynn has better vocals than Killian.

    22 Sep 3:13pm Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    why is oppressing the masses the more popular album? eternal nightmare is far more aggressive.

    15 Aug 9:10pm Reply
  • Woodgod

    I don't know why so many people are discussing Machine Head here. They're not worth discussing.

    10 Jul 12:37pm Reply
  • dixiachengshi

    Amazing!

    2 May 4:54am Reply
  • toyboat_toyboat

    You and me both, @TerraTempus25.

    28 Feb 4:35pm Reply
  • TerraTempus25

    Not sure why scrobbles of the Montreal-based electronic group Violence (without the dash) gets redirected here…

    18 Feb 5:17am Reply
  • Liberations

    Oppressing the Masses

    12 Feb 1:21pm Reply
  • DaveBFC

    "Regardless of how good Vio-Lence's albums are, anyone who likes Machine Head deserves to be shot in the head." You don't get an opinion.

    29 Jan 3:49pm Reply
  • crazytribe

    "Regardless of how good Vio-Lence's albums are, anyone who likes Machine Head deserves to be shot in the head." He probably gets beat up by Machine Head fans regularly.

    16 Jan 5:49am Reply
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