Background information
Origin San Clemente, California, USA
Genres Hardcore Punk, Post-Hardcore, Math Rock
Years active 1985 - 1990
Labels Alchemy Records, Southern Lord Records
Associated acts Fu Manchu, Nebula
Website Virulence Official via Wayback Machine

Virulence was a hardcore punk band originating from San Clemente, California. Active between 1985 and 1990, this punk rock quartet would eventually evolve into Fu Manchu some five years after forming. Initially just playing punk, the band's sound would evolve into elements of post-hardcore and math-rock with longer and more intricate songs, some of which were instrumental.

Virulence's influences were drawn from the likes of Black Flag, BL'AST! Void, Minor threat, Circle Jerks, Negative Approach, Poison Idea, Swans, Melvins and many others. The band largely played in California with punk bands throughout their run. Along with releasing a demo in 1986, the band would release a single album in If This Isn't A Dream circa 1987 via Alchemy Records (A label run by Melvins producer and later bassist Mark Deutrom.). By 1990 Ken Pucci would leave the band and upon establishing a new singer, would change their name to Fu Manchu, eventually drifting away from the hardcore sound completely.

Southern Lord Records would notably release a compilation of all of the band's recorded material as If This Isn't A Dream... 1985-1989 on 19 January 2010. This compilation would see positive reception from the likes of PunkNews,[1] The Line of Best Fit[2] and The Obelisk.[3]



  • Ken Pucci - Vocals (1985 - 1990)
  • Scott Hill - Guitar (1985 - 1990)
  • Ruben Romano - Drums (1985 - 1990)
  • Mark Abshire - Bass (1985 - 1987)
  • Greg McCaughey - Bass (1987 - 1990)

External LinksEdit


  1. PunkNews
  2. The Line of Best Fit
  3. The Obelisk
V·T·E Fu Manchu
Current Members Scott HillBrad DavisBob BalchScott Reeder
Past Members Ruben Romano • Mark Abshire • Greg McCaughey • Glenn Chivens • Scott Votaw • Eddie Glass • Brant Bjork
Studio Albums No One Rides For FreeDaredevilIn Search Of...The Action Is GoGodzilla's (Eatin' Dust)King Of The RoadCalifornia CrossingStart The MachineWe Must ObeySigns of Infinite PowerGigantoidClone of the Universe
Extended Plays Kept Between TreesSenioritisPick-Up SummerDon't Bother Knockin' (If This Van's Rockin)Missing LinkAsphalt Risin'GodzillaJailbreak / Blueberries & ChromeEatin' DustPlanet Of The Ape Hangers / Breathing FireSomething BeyondHung Out To DryKnew It All AlongBeach Blanket BongoutSlow Ride / Future TransmitterFU30, Pt. 1FU30, Pt. 2FU30, Pt. 3
Live Albums and Compilations Return To Earth 91-93Go For It... Live!Live at Roadburn 2003
Associated Bands, Artists, Etc. NebulaVirulenceKyussVista ChinoMondo GeneratorBig Scenic Nowhere
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