A high school marching band is probably an unlikely foundation for a group of lads playing hard-hitting thrash. But that’s the case with Pennsylvania quartet UltraViolent – which is one of the best band names we’ve come across while writing this blog.
The young Pine Grove band fuse classic thrash with the groove of modern metal – from the sound of which, you already know that we’re onto something good.
The band sent us Insult To Injury, which opens up (after a piano and electronic noise intro track) last year’s debut album Eviction, which you can find out more about in the interview below.
Insult To Injury opens up with a cool darting riff that drops into a big chugging riff over lively drums then a huge scream ushers in double power riffing. Spoken vocals come in over a lighter guitar lick and a chugging palm-muted guitars then dives into a huge chorus supported by big thrashy guitar chords.
The big opening riff returns and links into a second verse featuring a booming, bubbling bassline, before savage vocals come in and lead into another big chorus. That gives way to rolling guitar riff and big pounding drums then drops into palm-muted guitars under spoken vocals. That’s before booming riffs and huge drums lead us to a heavy ending with a reprieve of the opening riff. Check it out in the video below:
The album is packed with fast-paced, thrashy goodness including Hay in the Needlestack, which opens with a building guitar riff and drums then a huge scream drops into an intense opening verse.
That drops into stabbing guitars, which feed into a lively darting riff under more intense, heavy vocals that end on the bouncy riff. More stabbing guitars feed into a barrage of screams supported by the cool bouncy riff, then feed into stabbing guitars that end on a huge guttural scream. That dives into another intense verse that is this time aided by a backing synth, then give way to a big chuggy riff- then ends on another huge scream. Check out this brutal track in the video below:
While another personal favourite is the lively, although slightly less heavy Agenda, which features engaging spoken vocals over chugging guitars then feeds into clean vocals through the chorus. The second chorus ends on a huge scream that gives way to lively guitar riffs, then a cool descending guitar lick is answered by high-pitched notes. Those feed into a final chorus, then chugging guitars bring the track to a close.
Then there’s the intense riffing, unrelenting drums and violent vocals of the huge Cataclysm. Give this monster of a track a listen below:
We had a chat with the band to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Ultraviolent?
UV: “UltraViolent is a four piece metal band from Pine Grove, PA. UV was formed in 2014 after the four of us developed a chemistry playing together in the high school marching band.”
GR: You just released Insult To Injury. What should people be expecting from the song?
UV: “Insult to Injury is the opening track from Eviction, a concept album about the destruction of humanity by our own hand. Each track represents a fault in humanity that continuously escalates. Insult to Injury represents the basic hatred of man towards another, which eventually escalates into war.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
UV: “Our sound revolves around old school thrash mixed together with modern groove.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
UV: “Most of our lyrics up to this point have been war based or political, however we do not take a side when referring to political lyrics. We tend to point out flaws on either ends of the spectrum.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
UV: “Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Wage War, Avenged Sevenfold.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
UV: “We are looking to drop a single sometime around summer, which will be followed up by another full length album sometime in the future.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
UV: “We record, produce, mix, and master all of our music by ourselves. Our first EP was released in 2016 when we were 16 and 17 years old. Our first full length Eviction was released in June 2019, when we were 19-20 years old.”