Micro: Vio-lence, Eternal Nightmare

Got the cassette free in 1989 I think, from a magazine. Vio-lence were second-string bay area thrash metal (with Machinehead’s Rob Flynn on guitar), but even 20 years later, are the best of the bunch. Ferocious light-speed thrash, where every song seemed to bleed into the next, not unlike a symphony (also, and not insignificantly, singer Sean Killian’s beard, specifically in the video from subsequent album Oppressing the Masses’ video for “World in a World,” is pretty much why I have a beard now).

Every song great– “Phobophobia,” “Calling in the Coroner,” and the best of all “Kill on Command.”


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