Chris Violence and Jon DuBose were more than happy to divulge the ideology behind making amazing music on their own terms. The two of them have worked together in various projects since 1991, including a band named Cessation Of Life where Jon was a founding member. Chris left the band after eighteen years for personal reasons, but they both love reflecting back upon almost two decades of memories. As with any band, playing lives shows is undeniably one of the best parts of being a professional musician. Cessation Of Life played countless venues and opened up for a large number of bands, including Testament. However, Chris enjoyed playing smaller venues within the United States such as Mid-America. To him, the fans seemed more eager to hear a heavy metal show and were more apt to party really hard afterwards (as that was appealing to Chris back in those days). “I always liked going to and playing gigs at the Coconut Teazer in Hollywood,” recalls Jon, “I don’t think it’s there anymore but I loved the atmosphere there.”
Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Ozzy [Osbourne], Dio, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Megadeth and so on.” Jon, like Chris, was always a fan of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath. He also listened to lots of punk bands as well as Yes, Rush, Kansas, Styx (70s era), and NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) bands like Saxon, Def Leppard, and Diamond Head; progressive metal and rock have become part of Jon’s influences over the past few years. With such heavy and varied musical influences, it is no wonder that their own music is so creative.
Because they were seasoned musicians, they elected to bypass the whole process of finding a record label and utilized the Internet and social media as outlets for recording, production, and self – promotion. As a matter of fact, the band did not physically come together to do any recording whatsoever. With Chris, Jon, and Monkey in separate states in the U.S. and Jamie in Australia, they utilized the World Wide Web and shared music files back and forth in order to get the job done. To date, the band has released the single “Zombie Attack” and a full length album titled American Ripper that can be downloaded for free at http://www.chrisviolence.com. Listening to the new music nobody would ever guess how it came to be; it sounds as if it were recorded in a professional studio.
So what is next for the band? Why, more albums, of course. According to Chris, “Jon has recorded around 30-40 minutes worth of new music that is being developed with vocals. As for his writing, one song is complete with vocals and has been sent to Jamie Page for a guitar solo. I am working on an epic 20+ minute song that Jon wrote; originally it was to be cut into 5 pieces and still might be, not sure. It features a guitar solo by Maxxxwell Carlisle of Hellion. Needless to say, I have a lot of work to do vocally.” With no one to answer to but themselves, the band works on their own timetable. American Ripper took the better part of a year to complete, but for these guys quality is far more important to them than quantity. As it stands, they have no plans to change their recording and promotion techniques. Like the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Chris Violence can be an inspiration to other bands out there with similar circumstances. If they were to have a personal motto, it would probably be along the lines of: Never let anything stand in the way of doing what you love.