In 1988 the debut of Bay Area Thrashers VIO-LENDE, which counts among the classics of the Speed/Thrash genre today, appeared via Machine Records. Be it the unbelievably moving drive, the really razor-sharp riffs by Phil Demmel/Robb Flynn, the super tight rhythm section of Deen Bell or the fast but nevertheless grooving monster drumming by Perry Strickland or the manicly insane, hardcore-laden singing by Sean Killian? His singing really was something new, he almost rapped and barked through his hate lyrics at a breath-taking speed.
But above all it is the songs that make up this album. The title track and opener “Eternal Nightmare” is an incomparable wrecking ball with plenty of killer riffs and an irresistible urge to perform a St. Vitus’ Dance. “Serial Killer” is hectic and moshes down everything. This way it goes pounch by punch and all that at an enrapturing speed. Each song is a prime example of why VIO-LENCE didn’t play in the second league at all. Because, as for fame and sales numbers, they were overrounded by DEATH ANGEL, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS and the likes. But they had altogether been at it earlier. Quality-wise, “Eternal Nightmare” belongs to the best, for most independent, of the Bay Area, along-side BLIND ILLUSION.
Unfortunately the original Mechanic CD is as good as impossible to get, but since a short time ago there is the re-release via Machine Records, where the weaker “Torture Tactics” EP from 1991 was added as a bonus. I would have preferred the second album “Oppressing The Masses”. Because this one contained the biggest band hit “World In A World” among other things, which also rotated at Headbangers Ball as clip back then…wait and drink beer. (Online September 21, 2004)