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Formed by former members of Lansing-Dreiden in late 2007, New York's Violens derive their name from a combination of "violence" and "violins." The band, originally comprised of Jorge Elbrecht (vocals, guitar), Iddo Arad (vocals, synthesizer), Ben Brantley (bass), and Kris King (drums), played its first show in December of 2007. With a sound influenced by such disparate elements as Zombies-style psych-pop, shoegaze, post-punk, and Miami freestyle, Violens released their self-titled EP on the Static Recital label in March 2008. Following that release, Violens toured the U.S. and Europe, tried their hand at remixes (MGMT, the Very Best), composed runway scores, and a dropped a series of seasonal mixtapes on their website. During this period the lineup of the band changed, with Brantley and King leaving and guitarist Myles Matheny joining. In 2010 the group released its debut album, Amoral, on Friendly Fire. They spent 2011 releasing songs on the Internet, creating mixtapes, playing shows, and writing new songs. One of the songs they released caught the ear of Slumberland Records, and in early 2012 the influential label released the band's second album, True. ~ Katherine Fulton
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  2.   Until It's Unlit
  3.   Are You Still in the Illusion?
  4.   Spirit
  5.   Already Over
  6.   Full Collision
  7.   Acid Reign
  8.   Lucent Caries
  9.   Every Melting Degree
  10.   Lavender Forces
  11.   Trance Like Turn
  12.   So Hard To See
  13.   When To Let Go
  14.   Generational Loss
  15.   The Dawn of Your Happiness Is Rising
  16.   Der Microarc
  17.   Top of the Mountain
  18.   Doomed
  19.   Something Falling
  20.   Another Strike Restrained
  21.   Amoral
  22.   It Couldn't Be Perceived
  23.   Totally True
  24.   Watch the Streams
  25.   Violent Sensation Descends
  26.   Through the Window
  27.   Spectator & Pupil
  28.   Be Still
  29.   Sariza Spring
  30.   All Night Low
  31.   Unfolding Black Wings
  32.   Could You Stand to Know?

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