VICIOUS RUMORS Singer Brian Allen to Miss European Tour

VICIOUS RUMORS is about to start a massive European tour from May 3 to June 1 2013. However with great sadness we just found out singer Brian Allen will not be able to tour during the month of May due to sudden family matters. We wish Brian all the best during this time. Brian will return to VICIOUS RUMORS for the summer European tour July/ Aug 2013 and The Metal Masters Tour featuring Vicious Rumors /Leatherwolf/ Seven Witches from Sept 18 to Oct 25 2013. With everything in place for May’s tour the show must go on. We are proud to announce former VICIOUS RUMORS singer and Helstar main man James Rivera will fill in for Brian Allen during the month of May/June in Europe.

“James is part of the VR family and were so proud to have him join us at this hard time” Geoff Thorpe said.“Don’t miss this special line up of VR on the Electric Punishment Tour all over Europe. We want to thank all our partners, agents, promoters and fans in advance. The only bad tour is the one you don’t do !! See you at the shows for night after night of unforgettable Heavy Metal.”

VICIOUS RUMORS released their first video from their new studio album “Electric Punishment”. The video for the song “I Am The Gun”  was filmed and produced by Mike Sloat.

http://youtu.be/lVHD-wuidKY

“Electric Punishment” is out now in Germany and Europe through SPV / Steamhammer and will be released in US/Canada on May 7th. It will be available as a jewel case version, double gatefold colored vinyl and download.

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VICIOUS RUMORS live 2013

03.05. E-Oviedo – Sala Tribeca

04.05. E-Madrid – Pounding Metal Festival

05.05. E-Barcelona – Boveda

07.05. D-Osnabrück – Bastard Club

08.05. D-Hamburg – Bambi Galore

09.05. D-Koblenz – Florinsmarkt

10.05. D-Duisburg – Glückaufhalle

11.05. I-Milan – Metalitalia Festival

12.05. D-Obermarchtal – Kreuz

14.05. D-Berlin – K17

15.05. D-Gifhorn – In Live

16.05. D-Siegen – Vortex

17.05. D-Weiher – Live Music Hall

18.05. CZ-Ostrava – Barrak Music Club

19.05. A-Vienna – Escape Metal Corner

20.05. HU-Budapest – Club 202

22.05. D-Munich – Garage

23.05. D-Uelsen – UJT

24.05. NL-Kerkrade – The Rock Temple

25.05. NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg

26.05. NL-Tilburg – Little Devil

28.05. D-Kassel – K19

29.05. D-Bremen – Meisenfrei

30.05. CH-Uster – Starclub

31.05. F-Bartenheim – Palace Loisirs

01.06. A-Dornbirn – Schlachthaus

26.07. D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air

27.07. NL-Steenwijk – Stonehenge Festival

03.08. D-Hameln – K3

10.08. B-Deinze – Alcatraz Festival

NORTH AMERICA

21.09. US-Indianapolis,IN – Metal Fest

23.09. US-St.Paul,MN – Station 4

24.09. US-Detroit,MI – iRock

28.09. US-Rochester, NY – The Montage

30.09. US-Poughkeepsie,NY – The Chance Theater

01.10. US-Manhatten.NY – Webster Hall

03.10. US-Philadelphia,PA – Voltage Lounge

05.10. US-Spartanburg,SC – Ground Zero

10.10. US-Dallas,TX – The Boiler Room

12.10. US-Arvada,CO – Jammin Joes

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VICIOUS RUMORS Debut New Video on Metal Injection

 


Available May 7th on Steamhammer/SPV

When Vicious Rumors returned from a long, strenuous and immensely successful world tour in autumn 2011, the musicians – least of all band mastermind and main songwriter Geoff Thorpe – couldn’t really see themselves mustering the energy to release a new studio album in the foreseeable future. “2011 was a monster year for Vicious Rumors in the most positive sense of the word,” he says, looking back at that time with surprise and some satisfaction. “We were on the road non-stop for more or less eight months, played countless club shows and performed at some of the most important festivals worldwide. The last show of the tour took place as part of the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise – what a finale! Then everything was over very suddenly and we started to work on our new album without so much as a break. Perhaps you can imagine how difficult that was and how much concentration we needed to do that kind of work without any loss of friction.” Now the doubtlessly successful result of that big challenge is scheduled for release: Vicious Rumors are set to unleash Electric Punishment sounding more multi-faceted and creative than they have done in a long time.

Today the band is pleased to debut the first video from Electric PunishmentThe video for the song “I am the Gun” is being premiered exclusively by Metal Injection. Check it out HERE.

There definitely is no discernible loss of friction on Electric Punishment, which is again ruled by what Thorpe refers to as an “impressive double bass thunder, double guitar attacks and haunting vocals the way you only get them with this band”. At the same time, the ten new songs are clearly more multi-layered and diverse than the material on its 2011 predecessor Razorback Killers. “While Razorback Killers was heavy all the way through from start to finish, the new material is more in the vein of Word Of Mouth,” Thorpe explains. At the same time, the uncompromising toughness that their fans have come to expect of Vicious Rumors is present onElectric Punishment as well: the two openers ‘I Am The Gun’ and ‘Black X List’ are typical as can be of Vicious Rumors. Thorpe refers to those numbers as “classic power metal tracks which would have fitted on every one of our albums. But there’s also an unusually atmospheric song called ‘Eternally’, an anthem to our audience entitled ‘Together We Unite’ and a deeply black ballad named ‘Escape (From Hell)’. I’m sure that our fans will be just as surprised of the whole album as they will be of the final Kiss cover ‘Strange Ways’.”

Surprised and most likely thrilled, because once again the band has brought all its skills to bear and come up with a real highlight. Thorpe, vocalist Brian Allen, bassist Stephen Goodwin and drummer Larry Howe were supported by guitarist Thean Rasmussen, who returned to the Vicious Rumors fold after Razorback Killers. In addition, Thorpe & Co. invited a number of former allies to the studio as guest musicians: Brad Gillis features on ‘D-Block’, ‘Together We Unite’ and ‘Eternally’, Marc McGhee on ‘Escape (From Hell)’, and last but not least tour guitarist Bob Capka helped out at the studio with a number of rhythm guitars and a haunting solo on ‘D-Block’. Thorpe: “I had a few problems with my fingers, that’s why I was glad that Bob was there to help. Otherwise it probably wouldn’t have been possible to stick to our tight production schedule.”

So it’s done: Electric Punishment is Vicious Rumors’ eleventh studio album and proves just how much of a force to be reckoned with this band continues to be. “We have permanently grown, there have been no two identical albums in our career because each album has a new, fresh approach,” comments Thorpe, not without pride. “Still we’ve never strayed from our course – perhaps precisely for this reason. We’ve remained faithful to our ideals and have always been honest with our fans. I think our loyal followers value that Vicious Rumors have never jumped on any kind of bandwagon. Everything we do comes from the heart, and Electric Punishment documents that no other band on this planet sounds like Vicious Rumors. To us, that’s an incentive, a challenge and a quality feature all in one. And it’s something our fans can rely on when we set off on our next monster tour in spring 2013.” Vicious Rumors have been scheduled to headline countless clubs and play important festivals (the Headbangers Open Air  in Germany and the Alcatraz festival in Belgium having been confirmed already) before going on to Japan and the USA. Thorpe: “We’re facing big challenges again – but that sort of thing has always helped Vicious Rumors to grow!”

 

Tracklisting:

CD:

1. I Am The Gun
2.  Black X List
3. Electric Punishment
4. D – Block
5. Escape ( From Hell)
6. Dime Store Prophet
7. Together We Unite
8. Eternally
9. Thirst For A Kill
10. Strange Ways (KISS cover version)

 

2LP:

Side 1

 

01 I Am The Gun

02 Black X List

03 Electric Punishment

 

Side 2

 

01 D-Block

02 Escape (From Hell)

03 Dime Store Prophet

Side 3

01 Together We Unite

02 Eternally

03 Thirst For A Kill

Side 4

01 Strange Ways

02 Murderball (live) (bonus track)

03 Abandoned (live) (bonus track)

“Electric Punishment” will be released through SPV / Steamhammer on April 26th in Germany, April 29thin Europe and May 7th in the US/Canada. It will be available as a jewel case version, double gatefold colored vinyl and download.

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VICIOUS RUMORS live 2013

21.09. US-Indianapolis,IN – Metal Fest

28.09. US-Rochester, NY – The Montage

02.10. US-Brooklyn,NY – Saint Vitus

04.10. US-Frederick,MD – Bentz Street

05.10. US-Spartanburg,SC – Ground Zero
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www.viciousrumors.com
www.spv.de

VICIOUS RUMORS Electric Punishment – More Details Announced

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Available May 7th on Steamhammer/SPV

When Vicious Rumors returned from a long, strenuous and immensely successful world tour in autumn 2011, the musicians – least of all band mastermind and main songwriter Geoff Thorpe – couldn’t really see themselves mustering the energy to release a new studio album in the foreseeable future. “2011 was a monster year for Vicious Rumors in the most positive sense of the word,” he says, looking back at that time with surprise and some satisfaction. “We were on the road non-stop for more or less eight months, played countless club shows and performed at some of the most important festivals worldwide. The last show of the tour took place as part of the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise – what a finale! Then everything was over very suddenly and we started to work on our new album without so much as a break. Perhaps you can imagine how difficult that was and how much concentration we needed to do that kind of work without any loss of friction.” Now the doubtlessly successful result of that big challenge is scheduled for release: Vicious Rumors are set to unleashElectric Punishment sounding more multi-faceted and creative than they have done in a long time.

There definitely is no discernible loss of friction on Electric Punishment, which is again ruled by what Thorpe refers to as an “impressive double bass thunder, double guitar attacks and haunting vocals the way you only get them with this band”. At the same time, the ten new songs are clearly more multi-layered and diverse than the material on its 2011 predecessor Razorback Killers. “While Razorback Killers was heavy all the way through from start to finish, the new material is more in the vein of Word Of Mouth,” Thorpe explains. At the same time, the uncompromising toughness that their fans have come to expect of Vicious Rumors is present onElectric Punishment as well: the two openers ‘I Am The Gun’ and ‘Black X List’ are typical as can be of Vicious Rumors. Thorpe refers to those numbers as “classic power metal tracks which would have fitted on every one of our albums. But there’s also an unusually atmospheric song called ‘Eternally’, an anthem to our audience entitled ‘Together We Unite’ and a deeply black ballad named ‘Escape (From Hell)’. I’m sure that our fans will be just as surprised of the whole album as they will be of the final Kiss cover ‘Strange Ways’.”

Surprised and most likely thrilled, because once again the band has brought all its skills to bear and come up with a real highlight. Thorpe, vocalist Brian Allen, bassist Stephen Goodwin and drummer Larry Howe were supported by guitarist Thean Rasmussen, who returned to the Vicious Rumors fold after Razorback Killers. In addition, Thorpe & Co. invited a number of former allies to the studio as guest musicians: Brad Gillis features on ‘D-Block’, ‘Together We Unite’ and ‘Eternally’, Marc McGhee on ‘Escape (From Hell)’, and last but not least tour guitarist Bob Capka helped out at the studio with a number of rhythm guitars and a haunting solo on ‘D-Block’. Thorpe: “I had a few problems with my fingers, that’s why I was glad that Bob was there to help. Otherwise it probably wouldn’t have been possible to stick to our tight production schedule.”

So it’s done: Electric Punishment is Vicious Rumors’ eleventh studio album and proves just how much of a force to be reckoned with this band continues to be. “We have permanently grown, there have been no two identical albums in our career because each album has a new, fresh approach,” comments Thorpe, not without pride. “Still we’ve never strayed from our course – perhaps precisely for this reason. We’ve remained faithful to our ideals and have always been honest with our fans. I think our loyal followers value that Vicious Rumors have never jumped on any kind of bandwagon. Everything we do comes from the heart, and Electric Punishment documents that no other band on this planet sounds like Vicious Rumors. To us, that’s an incentive, a challenge and a quality feature all in one. And it’s something our fans can rely on when we set off on our next monster tour in spring 2013.” Vicious Rumors have been scheduled to headline countless clubs and play important festivals (the Headbangers Open Air  in Germany and the Alcatraz festival in Belgium having been confirmed already) before going on to Japan and the USA. Thorpe: “We’re facing big challenges again – but that sort of thing has always helped Vicious Rumors to grow!”

 

Tracklisting:

CD:

1. I Am The Gun
2.  Black X List
3. Electric Punishment
4. D – Block
5. Escape ( From Hell)
6. Dime Store Prophet
7. Together We Unite
8. Eternally
9. Thirst For A Kill
10. Strange Ways (KISS cover version)

 

2LP:

Side 1

 

01 I Am The Gun

02 Black X List

03 Electric Punishment

 

Side 2

 

01 D-Block

02 Escape (From Hell)

03 Dime Store Prophet

Side 3

01 Together We Unite

02 Eternally

03 Thirst For A Kill

Side 4

01 Strange Ways

02 Murderball (live) (bonus track)

03 Abandoned (live) (bonus track)

“Electric Punishment” will be released through SPV / Steamhammer on April 26th in Germany, April 29th in Europe and May 7th in the US/Canada. It will be available as a jewel case version, double gatefold colored vinyl and download.

_______________________________________

VICIOUS RUMORS live 2013

21.09. US-Indianapolis,IN – Metal Fest

28.09. US-Rochester, NY – The Montage

02.10. US-Brooklyn,NY – Saint Vitus

04.10. US-Frederick,MD – Bentz Street

05.10. US-Spartanburg,SC – Ground Zero
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www.viciousrumors.com
www.spv.de

VICIOUS RUMORS Unveil Artwork and Tracklisting for Electric Punishment

So it’s done: Electric Punishment is VICIOUS RUMORS’ eleventh studio album and proves just how much of a force to be reckoned with this band continues to be. “We have permanently grown, there have been no two identical albums in our career because each album has a new, fresh approach,” comments guitarist Geoff Thorpe, not without pride. “Still we’ve never strayed from our course – perhaps precisely for this reason. We’ve remained faithful to our ideals and have always been honest with our fans. I think our loyal followers value that VICIOUS RUMORS have never jumped on any kind of bandwagon. Everything we do comes from the heart, and Electric Punishment documents that no other band on this planet sounds like VICIOUS RUMORS. To us, that’s an incentive, a challenge and a quality feature all in one. And it’s something our fans can rely on when we set off on our next monster tour in spring 2013.”

VICIOUS RUMORS are scheduled to headline countless clubs in May and play important festivals in Europe before going on to Japan and the USA.

Electric Punishment will be released through Steamhammer/SPV on April 26th in Germany, April 29th in Europe and May 7th in the US/Canada. It will be available as a jewel case version, double gatefold colored vinyl and download. The cover artwork was done again by german artist Christoph Schinzel who also created cover for Anvil, Circle II Circle, Raven and Agent Steel in the past.

Tracklistisng for Electric Punishment:
1. I Am The Gun
2. Black X List
3. Electric Punishment
4. D – Block
5. Escape ( From Hell)
6. Dime Store Prophet
7. Together We Unite
8. Eternally
9. Thirst For A Kill
10. Strange Ways (KISS cover version)

For More Info Visit:
http://www.viciousrumors.com
http://www.spv.de

ONE MACHINE: STEVE SMYTH Announces New Project

The highly-anticipated brainchild of critically acclaimed guitarist/songwriter Steve Smyth (Nevermore, Forbidden, Dragonlord, Vicious Rumors), ONE MACHINE, is alive and kicking. ONE MACHINE boasts classic and modern influences, featuring a collection of international members carefully selected by Smyth: Mikkel Sandager (Mercenary) on vocals, Jamie Hunt (Biomechanical) sharing guitar duties, rounded out by a powerhouse rhythm section with Tomas “O’Beast” Koefoed (Mnemic) on bass guitar and Raphael Saini (Chaoswave) on drums.

ONE MACHINE just finished the recording process on their debut album, which is currently in the mixing stages. The band has already been offered European festival dates and expects to make their live debut this summer. Fans can check out a clip of the track ‘One Machine’ right now on Steve Smyth’s YouTube page.

Smyth had often given thought to leading his own band throughout his distinguished career as a member of bands including Testament, Nevermore, and Forbidden, amongst others. Smyth had written a number of songs, but the challenge of finding the right members to bring them to life remained.

He found a more than capable shredding second guitarist in Jamie Hunt, and the two began collaborating on the material Smyth had. “Jamie’s playing complements mine extremely well, and we hit it off perfectly when we got together to work on the songs,” says Smyth.

A vocalist was found in the form of original Mercenary singer Mikkel Sandager. He was exactly kind of singer Smyth was looking for, with his versatile ability to sing in different ways, and his readiness to be pushed into new musical territories. “When our former bands toured together, I got to witness night after night, exactly what Mikkel could do; deliver a solid performance with an incredible range, as well as multiple characters in his voice. He’s perfect for this band,” adds Smyth.

Smyth, Hunt, and Sandager then set about refining and shaping Smyth’s original material.

Drummer Raphael Saini, formerly of Italian progressive metallers Chaoswave, whose band Smyth had previously provided guest solos for, was next to join. During the recording process, Saini lived up to Modern Drummer’s assessment of him as “a drum assassin; cold blooded, precise, and brutal”. To quote Smyth, “Raph surprised me with his ability in delivering these tracks. He totally killed it!”

In 2012, bassist Tomas “O’Beast” Koefoed, formerly of Mnemic, came on board, adding his distinctive sound to the tracks. Smyth states, “Tomas is without a doubt one of the most solid bassists I’ve encountered in some time! He literally added an entirely new dimension to these songs that would not have been possible to be achieved without him.”

Keep an eye out for ONE MACHINE performing on European festival dates this summer and stay tuned for more information coming soon!

To learn more about ONE MACHINE, please visit http://www.feedtheonemachine.com.

VICIOUS RUMORS to Release New Album This Spring

Vicious Rumors is on fire. 3 albums in 3 years! “Razorback Killers” (2011), “Live You To Death” (2012) and the new studio album “Electric Punishment” 2013 ……..and the ball keeps rolling!

The legendary San Francisco bay area metal band released a new live CD “Live You To Death” last year on Steamhammer / SPV. Tight and full of energy “Live You to Death” captures the power and excitement of the Vicious Rumors live performance! 9 live tracks with 2 Vicious Rumors style covers of Black Sabbath’s “Sign of the Southern Cross” and Judas Priest “Running Wild” complete this must have live album.

No rest for the wicked. The band is in the Trident studios in San Francisco right now with Geoff Thorpe and Juan Urteaga – the same production team that brought you “Warball”, “Razorback Killers” and “Live You to Death”. The new studio album “Electric Punishment” will be out on Steamhammer / SPV in April 2013.

Geoff Thorpe, Brian Allen, Larry Howe, Stephen Goodwin and Thean Rasmussen are back with 9 new songs and a wicked cover of “Strange Ways” by KISS sure to satisfy the Vicious Rumors faithfull fans.” Black X List “, ” D-Block ” are two thrashy speed killers while “Escape (From Hell) ” and “Together We Unite” add a classic flavor. Guest appearances by Mark McGee, Brad Gillis as well as touring guitarist Bob Capka all along with Geoff Thorpe round out this 5 man guitar gun slinger army. It’s all there … the killer guitar attack, power and speed, melody and double bass thunder and of course shredding guitar solos!!

The Vicious Rumors ball is gaining speed and rolling through your town this year…the first confirmed date is July 26th at the Headbangers Open Air in Germany. More details regarding the new studio album and live shows coming soon.

VICIOUS RUMORS to Release Live Album

The legendary US metal band VICIOUS RUMORS are back with a thundering new live CD called: Live You to Death. The power of the band`s live show is now finally caught on CD!

2011 was the year the band stormed European stages with their highly acclaimed studio album Razorback Killers playing 92 shows in 12 months!

This new live album was recorded last December on the European tour with the mighty Hammerfall. It features 11 songs , 9 classics and 2 very special studio recordings including
”Sign of the Southern Cross” by Black Sabbath and “Running Wild” by Judas Priest.

“We wanted to do a few covers of our metal gods Sabbath and Priest as a tribute to where it all started”said guitarist Geoff Thorpe. “VICIOUS RUMORS is known for their wicked live performance and Live You to Death captures the fire and energy of VICIOUS RUMORS live and in your face!

Recorded by Pontus Norgren of Hammerfall, mixed by Juan Urteaga and produced by Geoff Thorpe the live album will be released through Steamhammer/SPV in Germany on November 23rd, Europe November 26th and in the USA November 27th.

Tracklisting:
1) Replicant / Digital Dictator
2) Minute to Kill
3) Murderball
4) Lady Took A Chance (intro) / Down To The Temple
5) Abandoned
6) Let The Garden Burn
7) Hellraiser
8) Soldiers Of The Night
9) Don’t Wait For Me
10) Sign Of The Southern Cross (cover-version Black Sabbath)
11)Running Wild (cover-version Judas Priest)

Track 1-9: recorded live on the Hammerfall-Tour autumn/winter 2011

Vicious Rumors live 2012/2013:
11/1: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/2: Portland, OR @ The Tonic
11/3: Vancouver, WA @ Malibu`s
11/29: Oakland, CA @ The New Parish\
12/1: Hollywood, CA @ The Joint

For More Info Visit:
http://www.viciousrumors.com
http://www.spv.de