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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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  • 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.

    Yesterday 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


    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
  • TheArtofShred88

    I love Vio-Lence and Machine Head, you got the gun?

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    "Regardless of how good Vio-Lence's albums are, anyone who likes Machine Head deserves to be shot in the head." Is that what your mates at 7th grade say to sound cool?

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    "Machine Head are one of the best bands to start with if one wants to get into mainstream <groove> thrash." You say it like it were a bad thing.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • marynarzu


    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Sainterror

    Kick-you-in-the-face russian Groove/Thrash Metal band called HELLWEED is raised up from the dirt to the kings! No regrets for the listening to their bombtracks:

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • jonowev

    Eternal Nightmate = BEST THRASH VOCALS

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ChurchRemoval

    Regardless of how good Vio-Lence's albums are, anyone who likes Machine Head deserves to be shot in the head.

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • YudaBM

    Eternal nightmare is a fucking incredible record and will always be a classic.

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • j-yeags

    i ain't gonna lie, the vocals annoyed me at first, then they grew on me. those fuckin riffs.

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
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