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Gathered from the eclectic divergences of San Jose CA, Tracy CA, Houston TX, and Guatemala, TVM formed in the central valley of California in 2001 to ultimately become one of the most powerful and long-running local metal bands in the San Francisco bay area. Proud to call the birth place of thrash metal their home, The Venting Machine is a combined and brutal force of double bass-drumming assaults, dizzying guitar riffs, shredding bass, and haunting vocals that when combined, can either lull you into a placid sleep or scream you into insanity.
Brady Hoover (vocals), Jeremy Von Epp (guitar, backing vocals), Luis Barillas (bass) and Joe Tobin (drums) have created a meticulously and precisely-crafted blend of thrash, death and black metal, but with an added element of groove and rock choruses that result in the compulsion to bob your head along with the songs. If you are within ear shot, you will ultimately be compelled into a neck groove, and that is what sets this band apart – those undeniably contagious, slaughtering grooves that will make any audience give they’re full attention.
For over a decade, their sound has been established, the following has gathered and the live shows have been derived. The addiction of the masses has been fed with “The Diablo Demo” (2004), “A Death To Your Scene” (2007) and “Six Of Cups” (2010), all mastered by Tim Narducci (Systematic/Spiral arms). Each album kept bringing the onslaught of rib-crunching thrash and each one shattered the expectations of the previous work. Their latest album, “Ritual Burdens” (2013), is perhaps their most mature release to date, and as vocalist Brady Hoover describes it: “it is about the burdens that life brings, sometimes on a daily, almost ritualistic, basis,” he explains. “Every one of us has our own burdens that we face while on this planet.”
But despite its ominous and prophetic sound, “Ritual” does not deter or frighten its listener, but instead creates a sense of brotherhood and visceral passion with its musicianship and lyrical content. Every out- caster, misfit or dissident can hear a message of living life to the fullest without guilt of any kind. It urges us to take a stand against and attack the burdens in our personal life, and finally overcome the shackles of guilt, immobility and fear.
Nearing a 13-year journey so far, The Machine has gained notoriety from domestic as well as international acts, playing alongside the likes of Chimaira, Divine Heresy, Dublin Death Patrol, Systematic, Prong, Flaw and the other countless bay area bands that have come through the scene. Their tireless work ethic, talent and experience has made TVM respected and admired by both peers and fans alike, making this group of musicians feel more like old friends than just another local band.
The Venting Machine’s dynamic and powerful music and live shows create a comforting sense of respite from an external world bombarded by pop culture and pop music. It acts as a vessel of honesty and hope, creating a personal space of comfort and empathy in those who choose to hear it. A true venting machine.