MPIRE OF EVIL (formerly PRIMEVIL) — the band formed in 2010 by ex-VENOM members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Tony "The Demolition Man" Dolan (bass, vocals) — performed an acoustic set of VENOM covers earlier today (Friday, November 30) at the Discpier Nippombashi shop in Osaka, Japan.
The group's setlist was as follows:
01. Black Metal
02. Welcome To Hell
04. Witching Hour
05. Countess Bathory
06. Teacher's Pet
07. Sons Of Satan
08. Leave Me In Hell
09. Blackened Are The Priests
11. Die Hard
12. In League With Satan
Amateur video footage of the performance can be seen below.
MPIRE OF EVIL's new album, "Crucified", will contain re-recorded versions of VENOM tracks from Dolan's time with the group.
After completing a successful U.S. tour with drummer Marc Jackson (who replaced Antony "Antton" Lant earlier this year), MPIRE OF EVIL in May announced that Marc had joined the group on a permanent basis.
MPIRE OF EVIL released its full-length debut, "Hell To The Holy", on March 26 via Scarlet Records. The CD boasts 10 brand-new tracks displaying the band's infectious and groovy heavy metal assault, conveying Mantas' thunderous riffs, a huge rhythm section and Dolan's abrasive vocals into a monstrous musical holocaust which will appeal to both old-school and modern metal fans.
Produced by Mantas himself and featuring stunning cover artwork by Gyula Havancsák (ANNIHILATOR, DESTRUCTION, GRAVE DIGGER), "Hell To The Holy" is without any doubts a "must have" album for 2012.
MPIRE OF EVIL earlier in the year completed a North American tour with fellow British thrashers ONSLAUGHT.