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Release date: 1988
Style: Thrash metal

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Disc I
01. Eternal Nightmare
02. Serial Killer
03. Phobophobia
04. Calling In The Coroner
05. T.D.S. (Take It As You Will)
06. Bodies On Bodies
07. Kill On Command

Disc II [2005 Reissue] [Live at The Slim's]
01. Liquid Courage
02. Ageless Eyes
03. Calling In The Coroner
04. World In A World
05. Officer Nice
06. Subterfuge
07. Kill On Command
08. Phobophobia
09. Bodies On Bodies
10. I Profit
11. T.D.S. (Take It As You Will)
12. Parapalegic

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Additional info
Reissued in 2005 by Megaforce with a bonus live CD recorded in 2001 at The Slim's.

Guest review by
Nosurper

Rating:
9.7
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the quintessential thrash album. If you thought that Kill 'em All was relentless, then you obviously haven't heard this adrenaline-pumping masterpiece yet. Not even the pure speed and intensity of Reign in Blood can touch the fury of Vio-lence's 1988 debut album Eternal Nightmare. Led by present Machine Head guitarists Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel, along with the unique vocal contributions of Sean Killian, Eternal Nightmare is an album that will live on in thrash circles forever.

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published 28.03.2009 | Comments (35)

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Martin_metal - 21.12.2009 at 07:25  
Rating: 10 This album shows what thrash-metal is all about! Period!!
Baz Anderson - 21.12.2009 at 11:55  
  Yeh, pretty much. Great album.
Hellish Star - 21.12.2009 at 22:18  
Rating: 10 Awesome stuff, one of the essential Bay Area classics
elekctric - 18.02.2010 at 17:31  
  Too bad about Machine Head lol... Violence was great still have the demo even ....
elekctric - 18.02.2010 at 17:37  
  Thanks btw now i gotta go get the two disc set
Angelic Storm - 18.02.2010 at 18:51  
  Meh, I wasn't impressed by "Eternal Nightmare" at all! After hearing so much about it, I only felt great disappointment when I finally heard it. It's definitely not in the same league as other underrated thrash gems like "Forbidden Evil", "Pleasures Of The Flesh" or "Time Does Not Heal".

I just don't see what all the fuss is about. I found it incredibly generic thrash.
Doom Trooper - 02.05.2011 at 04:17  
Rating: 8 This is one of the most underrated essential thrash albums. One of my favorites to say the least. I will say though that it is overly hyped by the underground fans. I can kind of see what Angelic Storm is saying but still, the riffs on this album just make you want to bang your head right off your neck.

..the riffs... the riffs..
Dangerboner - 03.05.2011 at 12:23  
Rating: 10 The best thing to do while listening to this album (other than drinking a beer or 4) is read along with the lyrics. Probably the only band other than King Diamond where I do this
Void Eater - 04.05.2011 at 07:11  
  One of my favorite thrash albums. Riff after riff after riff of thrashing perfection. I also quite like the vocals, which seem to turn many off. Obligatory mention of how this shits over Machine Head.
R'Vannith - 04.05.2011 at 08:12  
Rating: 9 I have to admit I couldn't stand this album at first because of those vocals, but they eventually grew on me. Can't say I 'like' them though, I've heard much better.
MechanisT - 15.09.2011 at 19:32  
 
Written by Void Eater on 04.05.2011 at 07:11

Obligatory mention of how this shits over Machine Head.


QFT.
Lit. - 27.05.2012 at 23:16  
  Honestly, I'll take Machine Head over this any day.
Angelic Storm - 27.05.2012 at 23:22  
 
Written by Lit. on 27.05.2012 at 23:16

Honestly, I'll take Machine Head over this any day.


I absolutely would too. The first two MH albums, and the first Forbidden album (while Robb didn't perform on this one, 3 songs which he co-wrote are on it) are far, far, superior albums to this one.
!J.O.O.E.! - 27.05.2012 at 23:24  
Rating: 5 The ultimate example of hideous, atrocious vocals ruining otherwise decent-ish music.
Lit. - 27.05.2012 at 23:24  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 27.05.2012 at 23:22

Written by Lit. on 27.05.2012 at 23:16

Honestly, I'll take Machine Head over this any day.


I absolutely would too. The first two MH albums, and the first Forbidden album (while Robb didn't perform on this one, 3 songs which he co-wrote are on it) are far, far, superior albums to this one.


Amen, sister.
Angelic Storm - 28.05.2012 at 00:27  
 
Written by Lit. on 27.05.2012 at 23:24
Amen, sister.


I'm glad to know I'm not alone here in the opinion that I'd much rather listen to MH than this album. lol
Illog1cal - 27.02.2013 at 03:11  
  Bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies on bodies......

Sorry this might be spam but I think its necessary.
Lord_Regnier - 27.02.2013 at 03:57  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 27.05.2012 at 23:24

The ultimate example of hideous, atrocious vocals ruining otherwise decent-ish music.


Agreed about the vocals: they are atrocious. But I don't think the music is any good either.
Demonmayonnaise - 16.05.2013 at 01:47  
Rating: 9 This album kicks ass. The vocals aren't that bad, but I don't think they're really that good either.
Nick K. - 24.09.2013 at 22:08  
  Great album, dont think its on the same high level as other Bay Area Classics released at the time, though.
pkillerjp - 07.03.2014 at 20:30  
Rating: 7 This is really good in certain parts, gets exhausting after a while though, has been over rated these days as well. The vocalist is just silly, but I've actually heard worse. All in all, I pretty decent stab at Bay Area thrash that came in a little late to the party. I'd prefer this over any Dark Angel release, other than possibly Darkness Descends.
deadone - 02.06.2014 at 07:12  
Rating: 5 Very meh. The vocals are absolute shit and kill the music. The rest of it is ok but nothing mind blowing.

IMO Vio-lence were always one of the dregs of Thrash. And somehow given their lack of success, I suspect wider metaldom thought the same way.

Indeed I think if Robb Flynn hadn't started Machine Head, Vio-Lence would've been completely forgotten.

Written by Angelic Storm on 27.05.2012 at 23:22

The first two MH albums, and the first Forbidden album (while Robb didn't perform on this one, 3 songs which he co-wrote are on it) are far, far, superior albums to this one.



Agree 100%.
Angelic Storm - 02.06.2014 at 07:45  
 
Written by deadone on 02.06.2014 at 07:12

Very meh. The vocals are absolute shit and kill the music. The rest of it is ok but nothing mind blowing.

IMO Vio-lence were always one of the dregs of Thrash. And somehow given their lack of success, I suspect wider metaldom thought the same way.

Indeed I think if Robb Flynn hadn't started Machine Head, Vio-Lence would've been completely forgotten.

Agree 100%.


I actually think that their lack of mainstream success has a lot to do with why this album is so revered by so-called thrash "purists", who think lack of mainstream success alone is reason enough to give kudos to an album. When I first heard the album, I just felt extreme disappointment after hearing about how great it supposedly was. Take away the vocals (which are definitely an aqquired taste! lol), and all you're left with is incredibly generic, by-the-numbers thrash, which has absolutely nothing to distinguish it from the many ten-a-penny 2nd/3rd rate thrash acts which were flooding the scene at that time. There are some thrash albums which are incredibly underrated, and should have been much more successful than they were, but this album certainly isn't one of them.

And yep, I do think the fact that Robb Flynn had major mainstream success with MH artificially elevated the status of this album in the eyes of many who see mainstream success as the anti-thesis of "true metal".

And I could have also mentioned "Twisted Into Form" as another Forbidden album which is hugely superior to this one, but I just highlighted the debut, because it featured writing from Robb Flynn, as he used to be a member of that band (whilst they were still called Forbidden Evil).
deadone - 02.06.2014 at 07:49  
Rating: 5
Written by Angelic Storm on 02.06.2014 at 07:45


I actually think that their lack of mainstream success has a lot to do with why this album is so revered by so-called thrash "purists", who think lack of mainstream success alone is reason enough to give kudos to an album.

And yep, I do think the fact that Robb Flynn had major mainstream success with MH artificially elevated the status of this album in the eyes of many who see mainstream success as the anti-thesis of "true metal".



Very valid observations.


I too was shocked to hear Vio-Lence after seeing them praised by some "purists" on Megadeth forums back in the day. I couldn't believe my ears as to how disappointing it sounded.
Rulatore - 06.07.2014 at 08:25  
  I thought that I'ld never read that someone prefer MH over this.

It's... madness.
Lit. - 06.07.2014 at 09:00  
 
Written by Rulatore on 06.07.2014 at 08:25

It's... madness.

Sounds more like simple logic to me. This is a horrible album, and even Machine Head at their worse are better than this band.
Troy Killjoy - 06.07.2014 at 19:06  
  I would easily take this album over anything Machine Head ever released. How anyone can think Supercharger is superior baffles my mind a little, but that's differing tastes for you.
Mattybu - 07.07.2014 at 01:34  
  Quite a stretch to call this album horrible. I mean, maybe by someone who had their lunch money stolen as a child by a big angry kid wearing an Eternal Nightmare t-shirt who just can't move on from the emotional trauma. It's solid thrash through, definitely better than Machine Head's works that I've heard.
deadone - 07.07.2014 at 01:56  
Rating: 5 The vocals kill it, whilst the music is largely unmemorable. Basically it's typical third tier thrash of the day, albeit with shitful vocals. The singer would be perfect for that modern thrash abomination, Lost Society. MH is far better even though I only like their first two albums and the rest is at best "ok" and at worst "pretty shit".
Dangerboner - 08.07.2014 at 11:00  
Rating: 10
Written by deadone on 07.07.2014 at 01:56

The vocals kill it, whilst the music is largely unmemorable. Basically it's typical third tier thrash of the day, albeit with shitful vocals. The singer would be perfect for that modern thrash abomination, Lost Society. MH is far better even though I only like their first two albums and the rest is at best "ok" and at worst "pretty shit".

You must not be a fan of guitar riffs.
deadone - 09.07.2014 at 03:11  
Rating: 5
Written by Dangerboner on 08.07.2014 at 11:00

Written by deadone on 07.07.2014 at 01:56

The vocals kill it, whilst the music is largely unmemorable. Basically it's typical third tier thrash of the day, albeit with shitful vocals. The singer would be perfect for that modern thrash abomination, Lost Society. MH is far better even though I only like their first two albums and the rest is at best "ok" and at worst "pretty shit".

You must not be a fan of guitar riffs.



Yeah, just not average ones.

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