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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.

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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  • IvasTrombonesss

    Вайолэнс! Ееееее!

    10 May 11:19pm Reply

    Eternal Nightmare > machine head > criticalswitch . This clown is the same guy who said GHUA is Slayers best album and Show No Mercy is garbage. Everything he says is automatically void.

    8 May 8:18am Reply
  • Thrasher-Ant

    Killian's vocals rule.

    14 Apr 7:08pm Reply
  • HaohmaruRocks

    bruce dickinson has cancer

    24 Feb 4:11pm Reply
  • Kertalaaki

    absolutely fucking god tier [2]

    22 Jan 4:01pm Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

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

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • TrueMithrandir

    more like Mehchine Head, aM I Rite?

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • TrueMithrandir

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

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • PedroRattlehead


    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Eternal Nightmare!!!!

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

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

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    @CriticalSwitch kill yourself

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    absolutely fucking god tier

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Kertalaaki

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

    9 Oct 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

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

    28 Sep 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • metaldiscussor

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

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Woodgod

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

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • dixiachengshi


    2 May 2014 Reply
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