Heavy metallers Vicious Rumors have started a new chapter and welcomed new band members Nick Holleman on lead vocals, Tilen Hudrap on bass and Bob Capka back on guitar. Original members guitar player Geoff Thorpe and drummer Larry Howe are proud to officially announce that this new line-up has already recorded a new live album, Live You To Death 2: The American Punishment, which SPV/Steamhammer will release in early 2014.
San Francisco Bay Area power metallers Vicious Rumors have a new video out for their track "Electric Punishment", the title track off of the new album released in April. Their new video, produced by Mike Sloat, is now available for your viewing pleasure below.
US power metal band Vicious Rumors has recently released a new video for the song "I Am The Gun". It is taken from the band's newest album Electric Punishment, set to come out on April 29th in Europe and May 7th in the US/Canada via SPV / Steamhammer.
"Pearl Of Wisdom", a brand-new track from US power/thrash metal band Vicious Rumors, has been made available for streaming over at this location.
Another new track, called "Razorback Blade", is still streaming at Decibel Magazine.
"Pearl Of Wisdom" comes off the band's upcoming new album Razorback Killers, which will be released on March 25th in Germany, on March 28th in Europe and on April 5th in North America through SPV/Steamhammer. More album details were previously reported over here.
In other news, Vicious Rumors has announced the following string of European tour dates:
April 29 - D-Lauda/Königshofen, Germany - Keep It True Festival
May 01 - Uster, Switzerland - Rock City
Vicious Rumors will be releasing their brand-new studio effort, Razorback Killer in Europe on March 28, 2011 — except in Germany, where it will arrive three days earlier — and in the U.S. on April 5, 2011 via SPV/Steamhammer. The album was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California with producers Juan Urteaga and Geoff Thorpe.
According to a press release, Razorback Killer features ten breathtaking new songs which transport the traditional Vicious Rumors sound perfectly into the present. To cut a long story short: this band has never sounded more dynamic than on Razorback Killers.
The album features guest appearances by guitarists Mark McGee (ex-Vicious Rumors), Eric Peterson (Testament, Dragonlord) and Brad Gillis (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Vicious Rumors).
US power metallers Vicious Rumors have signed with German label SPV/Steamhammer for the world, except Japan. The new CD, Razorback Killer, will be released worldwide in March, 2011.
Mastermind Geoff Thorpe has put together 10 power tracks full of killer guitars and melodies. Larry Howe is the thunder hammer on drums, new vocalist Brian Allen has a wicked high range and power while Kiyoshi Morgan shredding on guitar and Stephen Goodwin pounding on bass.
Songs like "Razorback Blade" is a speed metal anthem, "Deal With The Devil" and "All I Want Is You" are classic Vicious Rumors. The thrashing "Axe To Grind" and "Murderball" is pure power. Produced by Geoff Thorpe for GTM World Wide and Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios (Machine Head, Ted Nugent, Night Ranger), Razorback Killer is a real metal classic.
Vicious Rumors have announced the addition of guitarist Kiyoshi Morgan to their veteran San Francisco Bay Area sound. Drum Media Music reports that Kiyo is a long time musician in the Bay Area scene and in Vicious Rumors he'll bring an old school rock and metal flavour with powerful, anthemic riffs and thrashy-yet-melodic leads.
According to a blog on the band's MySpace, new Axe man Kiyoshi Morgan completes the 2008 Vicious Rumors line up! Kiyo is a long time SF Bay Area pro, playing lead guitar in several tribute bands covering the styles of Slayer, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden & Alice In Chains.
With the support of Gibson Guitars and Sfarzo Strings, Kiyo has found an identity in Vicious Rumors as an old school Rock and Metal guitarist with powerful anthem riffs and blistering, yet musical leads! Original guitarist Geoff Thorpe's comment on Kiyo and the new line up: "Kiyo just fit in and sounded great!! Our guitar styles blend really well... and this guy can shred!! Our new line up is as strong as ever. I cant wait to unleash the new VR beast"
US Power Metallers Vicious Rumors have posted the following press release on their official website:
"Vicious Rumors would like to thank all the fans and friends who supported the band over the last year on the World War Tour. We had a great time with everyone at all the shows in the USA, Europe & Japan. As the Warball tour ends the band is now in pre production for a new studio CD to be released next year.
Even tho the band has gone through many changes over the years VR has maintained a solid force in US power metal over the last 25 years. VR has already written several new songs for the new CD to follow up "Warball". Due to artistic differences singer James Rivera is no longer in VR. James was let go after the European tour in Sept '07. Recently James Rivera has issued a statement saying VR was Broken up after his departure with a list of other personal problems. We understand that Helstar is his true love and passion and wish them all the best.
Original Vicious Rumors bassist Dave Starr has once again left the band as of January 23, 2007.
Dave played bass on the first five Vicious Rumors albums (and was featured in several other Vicious Rumors DVDs, MTV videos, and band compilations). He returned to the band in 2005 to record the new "Warball" CD in 2006.
Commented Starr: "My history with Vicious Rumors goes back nearly 23 years, and in many ways the band will always be a part of me. However, it's time for me to concentrate 100% of my time and energy on my own music, my own band, and playing guitar. My band Wildestarr (along with incredible vocalist London Wilde) is something I have been working on for a few years now, and I took time off from this to work with Vicious Rumors again and record the "Warball" album. I am happy with the way the new Vicious Rumors CD came out, and thrilled with the response it has received so far from the fans and press. It was great to play and record with Vicious Rumors again. I remain on good terms with everyone in the band and wish them well in the future."