Vio-lence + Coroner w/ Exciter + Lich King Vio-lence + Coroner w/ Exciter + Lich King

with Coroner, Exciter & Lich King

Thu May 26th, 2022


Main Space

Minimum Age: 16+

Doors Open: 6:00PM

Show Time: 7:00PM

Event Ticket: $25-$30

Day of Show: $35

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Formed in 1985 Dublin CA by Perry Strickland and Phil Demmel, later joined by Deen Dell, Sean Killian and Rob Flynn. Reformed in 2019 and in the process of writing a new EP for Metal Blade Records fro March 2022 release with Bobby Gustafson on Guitar and Christian Olde Wolbers on bass.


Coroner was one of those underrated metal bands, mostly known to hardcore fans. Often labelled a thrash band, their music went far beyond what is usually thought of as thrash metal. Releasing five albums and a semi-compilation in eight years – from the unpolished and technical speed of 1987’s “R.I.P.”, the complexity of 1988’s „Punishment for Decadence“, the technical quality of 1989’s „No More Color“ and its derivative „Mental Vortex“ from 1991 to the heavier and more laidback style of “Grin” – the band progressed consistently, without ever losing their identity. Composed of only three members – Tommy Vetterli (guitar), Marky Edelmann (drums) and Ron Broder (bass/vocals) – Coroner stood out of the metal scene with outstanding musicianship, creativity, raw power, technical skills and innovation.


Canada’s Exciter was one of the first speed metal bands, bursting out of the gate in 1983 — the year zero for thrash — alongside other upstarts like Slayer and Metallica. But needless to say, their success came nowhere near matching those of their peers, and the band’s brush with stardom was a brief one. Vocalist and drummer Dan Beehler, guitarist John Ricci, and bassist Allan Johnson formed Hell Razor in Ottawa, Canada, in 1978. After changing their name to Exciter in 1980, the band sent their first demos to Shrapnel Records founder Mike Varney, who included the track “World War III” in 1982’s U.S. Metal, Vol. 2, then inked them to a one-album deal. Issued in 1983, the band’s first effort, Heavy Metal Maniac, was among the first thrash metal albums, and brought them to the attention of Jon Zazula’s Megaforce Records (the home of Metallica and Anthrax), which signed Exciter to a three-album deal. After recording 1984’s Violence & Force with Anthrax producer Carl Canedy, the band embarked upon its first U.S. tour in support of Mercyful Fate. The following year saw them flying to England to work with Motörhead producer Guy Bidmead on 1985’s Long Live the Loud. The apex of their career, the album saw a marked improvement in both songwriting and sound quality and led to extensive touring with Accept in Europe and Motörhead and Megadeth in America. Just when it seemed like Exciter were starting to make their mark, however, Ricci left the band for a solo career following the release of the three-song Feel the Knife EP. After finding a replacement in guitarist Brian McPhee, the band returned to England and hired Bidmead once again to record 1986’s Unveiling the Wicked. Not as popular as its predecessor, the album also revealed an increasing preoccupation with melody, which didn’t sit well with the band’s hardcore fans. Following another bout of touring in Europe with Motörhead and Manowar, the band returned to America only to discover that its popularity was in swift decline. To make matters worse, Exciter were now without a record deal and Beehler eventually decided that not having a proper frontman was compromising the band’s chances of success. So, he relinquished his vocal duties to singer Rob Malnati for their independently released fifth album, 1988’s simply titled Exciter. But the strategy backfired, as the album’s almost complete abandonment of thrash for a slower, mainstream metal approach alienated what remained of their already dwindling fan base and led to the band’s breakup shortly thereafter. Unexpectedly, Exciter returned to action in 1992 when original members Ricci and Beehler were joined by new bassist David Ledden for the Kill After Kill album. Another flop, this was soon followed by a live effort entitled Better Live Than Dead (with bassist Jeff McDonald) in 1993, after which the bandmembers once again went their separate ways — seemingly for good. But Ricci wasn’t quite ready to give up the ghost and resurrected Exciter yet again with a completely new lineup in 1996. Including vocalist Jacques Belanger, bassist Marc Charron, and drummer Rick Charron (no relation), this lineup recorded 1997’s The Dark Command and 1999’s Blood of Tyrants, behind which they continued to tour sporadically. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi

Lich King

We’re not named after a World of Warcraft character and our 4th album cover has nothing to do with Adventure Time. Thanks so much for asking though. The point was to create new old-school thrash metal in the vein of Exodus, Vio-Lence, S.O.D., Slayer and others. Lots of bands in the new wave of thrash these days are doing just that, but where we stand out is that we admit it. Tom Martin started Lich King as a one-man project around 2004, as a goof. People seemed to like the music. Our first two albums were released as a solo project posing as an actual band. In 2009 Tom cannibalized a local thrash act called AGES AGO and formed Lich King as a true band for the first time. We think the sound of thrash was perfected in the 80’s and we’re not trying to add anything to the mix. We’re just coming up with riffs and songs that the old masters didn’t. Despite that fact and our best efforts, we seem to be developing a signature sound. Dammit. We’ve had five full-length albums since 2007. Each features fast, headbangable riffs in modern stomp anthems, a sometimes comedic yet always violent songwriting sensibility, art and design from Tom Martin, a marked step up in quality from the previous release, and an awesome logo and a mascot. …A mascot that is not affiliated with a video game.

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