Metal news

Vicious Rumors - Announce Digital Dictator 30th Anniversary Tour

San Francisco Bay area legends Vicious Rumors just announced the first 37 U.S. dates of the "30th Anniversary Digital Dictator World Tour 2018"! 37 of 45 dates confirmed in the U.S. and Canada! The tour originally planned for 4 weeks has grown to 7 weeks due to the overwhelming response and demand.


Band profile: Vicious Rumors
Posted: 06.05.2018 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Vicious Rumors - Singer Brian Allen Returns

Vicious Rumors have announced a couple of changes in their line-up. More noticeably, the return of lead singer Brian Allen, who left the band back in 2013 for family reasons to be replaced by Nick Holleman. Singer Nick Holleman left the band now to pursue other projects. Brian is back and they also have a new guitarist: 18 year old guitar virtuoso Gunnar DüGrey from Portland, Oregon.


Band profile: Vicious Rumors
Posted: 10.05.2017 by BloodTears | Comments (1)

Vicious Rumors - Debut New Song

Concussion Protocol is the name of Vicious Rumors' new offering. The record will be released worldwide through SPV/Steamhammer on August 26th (Europe, USA, Latin America). The U.S. metallers have now released the first lyric video off of the album for the track "Chasing The Priest". What do you think about it?


Band profile: Vicious Rumors
Posted: 21.06.2016 by BloodTears | Comments (0)

Vicious Rumors - New Lineup Announced

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.


Band profile: Vicious Rumors
Posted: 19.01.2014 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Vicious Rumors - Debut New Video

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.


Band profile: Vicious Rumors
Posted: 18.09.2013 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Vicious Rumors - New Video Online

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.


Band profile: Vicious Rumors
Posted: 20.04.2013 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Vicious Rumors - New Song Online, European Tour Dates

"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
May 02 - Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chemilize
May 04 - Siegen, Germany - Vortex
May 05 - Osnabrück, Germany - Ballroom
May 06 - Berlin, Germany - Halford
May 07 - Wuustwezel, Belgium - Puntpop Festival
May 09 - Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chemilize
May 12 - Lübeck, Germany - Riders Cafe
May 13 - Uelsen, Germany - UJT
May 15 - Paris, France - Le DivanDu Monde
May 19 - Vienna, Austria - Viper Room
May 20 - Munich, Germany - Garage
May 21 - Ljubljana, Slovakia - Orto Bar
May 22 - Balingen, Germany - Sonnenkeller
May 24 - London, UK - Underworld
May 26 - Innsbruck, Austria - Weekender
May 27 - Antwerp, Belgium - De Rots
May 28 - Spriens, Netherlands - Dokk'em Open Air


Band profile: Vicious Rumors
Posted: 14.03.2011 by Dominus | Comments (0)

Vicious Rumors - New Album Details

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).

Razorback Killer cover art] tracklist:

01. Murderball
02. Black
03. Razorback Blade
04. Blood Stained Sunday
05. Pearl Of Wisdom
06. All I Want Is You
07. Axe To Grind
08. Let The Garden Burn
09. Rite Of Devastation
10. Deal With The Devil


Band profile: Vicious Rumors
Posted: 15.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (3)

Vicious Rumors - Sign With SPV/Steamhammer

SPV/Steamhammer press release

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 is very excited to have Mark McGee return to the band on guitar for 2 songs in a very special reunion on this new CD. Geoff and Mark trading solos and doing harmonies in the studio just like the old days. Vicious Rumors was honored to have Brad Gillis (Night Ranger, Ozzy Osbourne) make a guest appearance for a blazing solo. Just when you thought you were safe Eric Peterson (Testament) records a wicked harmony and shred solo on the the killer track "Murderball". With these songs and the new "old" logo Vicious Rumors keeps the ball rolling!

Vicious Rumors is currently on tour all over Europe. They will co- headline the Keep It True Festival in Germany in April, 2011 with a "Tribute to Carl Albert", featuring Carl Albert's son Kevin on vocals with former members Mark McGee and Tommy Sisco.


Band profile: Vicious Rumors
Posted: 25.10.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (2)

Vicious Rumors - New Guitarist

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"

The new VR line up is:

Geoff Thorpe: guitar/vocals
Larry Howe: drums/vocals
Stephen Goodwin: bass/vocals
Ronnie Stixx: lead vocals
Kiyoshi Morgan: guitar

The first show is on Sat. March 22nd-Kennel Club in Sacramento Ca. Then 2 shows in 1 night! Sat. March 29th, at the SF Independent in San Francisco at 9pm with Testament, Lääz Rockit and Sadus. Then VR will headline the Britannia Arms in Cupertino Ca. at 11:59pm with Mudface, Imagika, Bomb and Scary... that show starts at 9pm. VR rocks on Sun. March 30th at the SF Independent for a 2 day run with Testament.

The VR ball is back crushing the Bay Area!


Band profile: Vicious Rumors
Posted: 24.03.2008 by Ether | Comments (0)

Vicious Rumors - Vocalist Leaves Again But Band Is Not Breaking Up

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.

VR moves forward to next year with a new CD and a new lineup. After 25 years, 12 Cd's & countless tours in no way has Vicious Rumors split up. You cant kill rock n roll..

Look for VR on tour with a new CD in 2008."


Band profile: Vicious Rumors
Posted: 18.11.2007 by Thryce | Comments (1)

Agent Steel, Vicious Rumors - Alienigma European Tour Dates

California-based Speed Metallers Agent Steel have confirmed dates on the Alienigma European Tour 2007 with labelmates Vicious Rumors and Belgium's loudest After All. Dates are as follows:

5 - Frankfurt, Germany - Nachtleben
6 - Weert, Netherlands - De Bosuil
7 - Eeklo, Belgium - Meetjeslands Metalfest 4 (CC De Herbakker)
8 - Noordwijk, Netherlands - Join
9 - Rijssen, Netherlands - Lucky & Co. (+ Candlemass)
10 - TBA
11 - TBA
12 - TBA
13 - Madrid, Spain - Ritmo & Compas
14 - Palencia, Spain - Carabel
15 - Bilbao, Spain - Santana 27
16 - Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra
18 - Treviso, Italy - New Age Club Roncade
19 - Montegranaro (Fermo), Italy - Tana delle Tigri
21 - Athens, Greece - Venue TBA
22 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Venue TBA
23 - Skopje, Macedonia - Venue TBA

More dates TBA....


Band profile: Agent Steel
Event: Agent Steel: Alienigma European Tour
Posted: 17.04.2007 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Vicious Rumors - Part Ways With Bassist

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."

Vicious Rumors released "Warball" in the U.S. in October. Two short samples from "Warball" — 'Sonic Rebellion' and 'Mr. Miracle' — are available at the band's official website.


Band profile: Vicious Rumors
Posted: 25.01.2007 by Thryce (brb) | Comments (1)