Origin: San Francisco, California, USA  
Genres: Thrash Metal
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Last update/review: March 1, 2023


Vio-lence was one of the mainstays of the SF Bay Area thrash fraternity of the late 80's, with a consistent style in the Exodus or Forbidden mold. By 1993 the band was done, and guitarist Robb Flynn forming Machine Head a year later. The band reunited in late 2001, initially planning only a few shows as part of the tribute to Testament's Chuck Billy, but things went better than expected and the band decided to reunite, with the classic lineup save guitarist Troy Fua replacing Flynn (ironically, it was Flynn who replaced Fua in an earlier incarnation of the band). That version lasted a copule of years before folding, and guitarist Phil Demmel soon joined Flynn in Machine Head. After a 2006 DVD release, Demmel announced that they were truly done, which lasted until 2018, when he and vocalist Sean Killian brought new members into the fold.

Current Members

Sean Killian


Phil Demmel

guitars (BPMD, Kerry King, Machine Head, ex-Technocracy, ex-Torque)

Christian Olde Wolbers

bass (Arkaea, ex-Fear Factory, ex-Devin Townsend)

Former Members/Guests

Robb Flynn

guitars (Machine Head)

Troy Fua


Ray Vegas

guitars (ex-Torque)

Bobby Gustafson

guitars (ex-Cycle Sluts From Hell, ex-Overkill, ex-Response Negative, ex-Skrew)

Dean Dell


Perry Strickland


Mark Hernandez

drums (ex-Defiance, ex-Demonica, ex-Forbidden, ex-Re:Ignition, ex-Technocracy, ex-Torque)


Eternal Nightmare  
1988 Mechanic
  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
  • Sean Killian
  • Robb Flynn
  • Phil Demmel
  • Dean Dell
  • Perry Strickland

Oppressing The Masses  
1990 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
  • Sean Killian
  • Robb Flynn
  • Phil Demmel
  • Dean Dell
  • Perry Strickland
1990 Readers' Album #35

Torture Tactics  EP
1991 Caroline
  1. Torture Tactics
  2. Officer Nice (Live)
  3. Gutterslut
  4. Dicks Of Death
  • Sean Killian
  • Robb Flynn
  • Phil Demmel
  • Dean Dell
  • Perry Strickland

Nothing To Gain  
1993 Bleeding Heart
  1. Atrocity
  2. Twelve Gauge Justice
  3. Ageless Eyes
  4. Pain Of Pleasure/Virtues Of Vice
  5. Killing My Words
  6. Psuchotic Memories
  7. No Chains
  8. Welcoming Party/This Is System
  9. Colour Of Life
  • Sean Killian
  • Robb Flynn
  • Phil Demmel
  • Dean Dell
  • Perry Strickland

Demos ... They Just Keep Coming  EP
2003 independent
  1. Paraplegic
  2. Breed Like Rats
  3. Kill on Command
  • Sean Killian
  • Troy Fua
  • Ray Vegas
  • Phil Demmel
  • Dean Dell
  • Perry Strickland
  • Mark Hernandez

Blood And Dirt  VIDEO
2006 Megaforce

Let The World Burn  EP
2022 Metal Blade
  1. Flesh from Bone
  2. Screaming Always
  3. Upon Their Cross
  4. Gato Negro
  5. Let the World Burn
  • Sean Killian
  • Bobby Gustafson
  • Phil Demmel
  • Christian Olde Wolbers
  • Perry Strickland

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