Vio-lence


Eternal Nightmare

Vio-lence - Eternal Nightmare ©1988 Mechanic/MCA
1. Eternal Nightmare
2. Serial Killer
3. Phobophobia
4. Calling In The Coroner
5. T.D.S. (Take It As You Will)
6. Bodies On Bodies
7. Kill On Command

With a healthy dose of Standard Bay Area thrash, Vio-lence serves up a heaping helping of crunchy thrash metal that, unfortunately, was so laced with intolerable vocals that it is reduced to moldy leftovers. I'm sure the fans of this outfit either could completely tune out Sean Killian's reedy voice or had deluded themselves into thinking he had a good voice. Either way, Eternal Nightmare is fittingly titled, assuming you accidentally hit the repeat button on your CD player. The music is not terribly far off from what Forbidden was playing around the same time, though perhaps a bit more midpaced. And had this band recruited someone who didn't sound like the aural equivalent of having your toenails removed with ice picks, they might be something I'd put on during Thrash Nostalgia moments. But man, this Killian fella has a voice that sounds like a rusty nail being driven straight through my forehead and then plunked on every so often. And frankly, it is just something I cannot overcome when listening to this band.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/2000

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Oppressing The Masses

Vio-lence - Oppressing The Masses ©1990 Megaforce/Atlantic
1. Profit
2. Officer Nice
3. Subterfuge
4. Engulfed By Flames
5. World In A World
6. Mentally Afflicted
7. Liquid Courage
8. Oppressing The Masses

Vio-lence could have been and should have been more than an also-ran in the Bay Area Thrash sweepstakes but they were doomed from the start. Now don't get me wrong. Vio-lence was four-fifths of a great band. Unfortunately their other fifth was nothing but a dead albatross dangling from their collective necks. Vocalist Sean Killian is probably one of my least favorite singers to ever get anywhere near a microphone and his contributions do nothing but detract from hyperactive, aggressive thrash that rivalled Forbidden for intricate thrash. With a voice that was whiny, nasally and always racing to keep up with the riffs, Killian simply ruined what could be a good album. As mentioned a couple sentences back, Vio-lence's sound was not far off from Forbidden's Twisted Into Form, which makes sense since guitarist Rob Flynn was in Forbidden in that band's earlier days. Vio-lence also had an ace drummer in Perry Strickland. But whatever excellence they exuded was demolished every time Killian got near the microphone. This band could have been much more interesting...

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/1999

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