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Watch VIO-LENCE Perform In Oakland

San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans VIO-LENCE played a special afternoon concert outside of Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland, California on Sunday, June 5. Video of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of Iron Serbian). VIO-LENCE released a new EP, "Let The World Burn", on March 4...
June 6, 2022

OVERKILL Cancels Shows 'Due To Unforeseen Circumstances'

Veteran thrashers OVERKILL have canceled their previously announced shows in U.K., Ireland and Germany "due to unforeseen circumstances.' The four-date run of dates was scheduled to kick off on May 27 in Northampton, U.K. and conclude on June 1 in Essen, Germany. Earlier today, OVERKILL released the...
May 24, 2022

LAMB OF GOD Recruits Ex-MACHINE HEAD Guitarist PHIL DEMMEL For Canadian Shows

Former MACHINE HEAD and current VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel is filling in for Willie Adler on the Canadian portion of LAMB OF GOD's "The Metal Tour Of The Year" with MEGADETH. The dates, which were originally set to take place last fall, kicked off last night (Tuesday, May 17) in Laval, Quebec...
May 18, 2022

PHIL DEMMEL Says 'It Was Kind Of Hard' For BOBBY GUSTAFSON To Be Involved In New VIO-LENCE EP

By David E. Gehlke VIO-LENCE quietly, if not unceremoniously, bowed out in 1993 after the less-than-enthusiastic response to "Nothing To Gain". The album was perpetually delayed under a fog of creative squabbles and record company issues — usual roadblocks for the San Francisco Bay Area thrash bands...
April 19, 2022

VIO-LENCE Singer Explains PHIL DEMMEL's Fill-In Gig With LAMB OF GOD: 'A Couple Of The Guys In The Band Are Not Down With Doing The Vaxx'

VIO-LENCE singer Sean Killian spoke to George Dionne of KNAC.COM about VIO-LENCE/ex-MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel's recent revelation that he will miss some of VIO-LENCE's upcoming gigs due to his touring commitments with other projects. Killian said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "[Phil...
April 10, 2022

D.D. VERNI Says Upcoming OVERKILL Album Will Be 'A Little Bit More Doomy'

OVERKILL bassist D.D. Verni spoke to Hardrock Haven about the progress of the recording sessions for the band's 20th studio album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "All the drums are done. All the guitars are done. I still have to do the bass. Blitz [Bobby Ellsworth, OVERKILL singer] ha...
March 31, 2022

OVERKILL's New Album Won't Arrive Before April 2023

On March 10, 2022, OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth was interviewed by Mark Kadzielawa of 69 Faces Of Rock on the band's tour bus outside The Forge in Joliet, Illinois. Speaking about the progress of the recording sessions for OVERKILL's 20th studio album, Blitz said (as transcribed by BLAB...
March 17, 2022

PHIL DEMMEL Says He Will Miss Some VIO-LENCE Shows Due To Other Touring Commitments: 'I Need To Be A Little Selfish'

During an appearance on "Talking Bollocks", the monthly metal podcast hosted by ACID REIGN frontman-turned-stand-up-comedian Howard H. Smith, VIO-LENCE/ex-MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel, who is currently touring the U.S. with OVERKILL as the temporary replacement for Dave Linsk, confirmed that h...
March 15, 2022

Watch: OVERKILL Kicks Off U.S. Tour In Poughkeepsie

Fan-filmed video of OVERKILL's March 3 performance at The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, New York can be seen below. Last month, OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that guitarist Dave Linsk is sitting out the band's current U.S. tour due to "personal reasons"...
March 8, 2022

Thrash Metal Veterans VIO-LENCE, WHIPLASH And ARTILLERY To Team Up For European Tour This Fall

VIO-LENCE will team up with fellow thrash metal veterans WHIPLASH and ARTILLERY for the European "MTV Headbangers Ball Tour 2022" this fall. The trek will kick off on November 23 in Amersfoort, Netherlands and end on December 5 in Gothenburg, Sweden. One more band will be added to the bill at a late...
March 4, 2022

OVERKILL Guitarist DAVE LINSK To Sit Out U.S. Tour Due To 'Personal Reasons'; PHIL DEMMEL To Step In

OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth has confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that guitarist Dave Linsk will sit out the band's March 2022 U.S. tour due to "personal reasons" and will be temporarily replaced by former MACHINE HEAD and current VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel. "We've used Phil in the...
February 27, 2022

SYMPHONY X's MICHAEL ROMEO Is 'Digging Deep' For Inspiration For Follow-Up To 'Underworld' Album

In a new interview with the "Breaking Absolutes With Peter Orullian" podcast, SYMPHONY X guitarist Michael Romeo has confirmed that the band has commenced work on the material for the follow-up to 2015's "Underworld" album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "It just feels slower than nor...
February 27, 2022

VIO-LENCE Hopes To Record Another EP By The Fall

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE will release their new EP, "Let The World Burn", on March 4 via Metal Blade Records. The five-song collection, VIO-LENCE's first original release since 1993's "Nothing To Gain", was tracked at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California by Juan Urteaga (MACHINE...
February 24, 2022

Early Recordings From METALLICA And RATT Featured On 'Metal Massacre Volume One' 40th-Anniversary Vinyl Reissue

Marking its 40th anniversary this year, Metal Blade Records will make its debut release, "Metal Massacre Volume One", available for the first time since 1984 on limited-edition vinyl. Originally released on June 14, 1982, "Metal Massacre" showcased the best of Los Angeles's unsigned acts of the time...
February 23, 2022

SYMPHONY X's MICHAEL ROMEO Has Been 'Working Every Day' On Material For Follow-Up To 'Underworld'

SYMPHONY X guitarist Michael Romeo spoke to Heavy Debriefings about the band's plans to work on the material for the follow-up to 2015's "Underworld" album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I've got stuff and I've been working every day trying to come up with things. It's just slower —...
February 23, 2022