For a band who released their first LP Soldiers Of The Night back in 1985, age has neither blunted Vicious Rumors appeal nor their appetite for metal of mass destraction. Helmed by guitarist Geoff Thorpe the band have never strayed far from their roots, consistently delivering brash and exciting slabs of pure thoroughbred heavy metal; and it comes as little surprise that their eleventh studio album Electric Punishment continues with this tradition. Blending and stylising influences from the likes of latter-day Judas Priest, Metallica and Anthrax, Thorpe and his partners-in-metal have crafted an album thats as sharp as a cut-throat razor and possibly twice as deadly. Nicely paced, evenly balanced but forever on the edge Electric Punishment takes its predecessors Razorback Killers and Warball and pushes them that little bit further as perhaps youd expect from a band of this caliber. John Tucker Fireworks May/June 2013.
Seminal US Bay Area melodic power metal band Vicious Rumors are set to unleash their blistering new live CD, Live You To Death 2 American Punishment, on SPV / Steamhammer on June 16th. The new album contains 13 cracking live tracks recorded in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Oakland in September and October last year, following the release of their highly acclaimed 2013 studio album Electric Punishment.
Live You To Death 2 American Punishment features Vicious Rumors explosive new line-up performing classic tracks like Towns On Fire, Mastermind and Worlds and Machines, which have never before been recorded live, alongside new songs such as I Am The Gun and Electric Punishment. Live You To Death 2 American Punishment was produced by main man Geoff Thorpe and mixed by Juan Urteaga (Machine Head / Testament).
To coincide with the release, Vicious Rumors will fly in to Europe in June to star at festivals in Croatia, Belgium, Holland, Slovenia, Italy and The Czech Republic, sharing stages with the likes of Annihilator, Masterplan, Metal Church, Napalm Death, Trivium, Tygers Of Pang Tang and many more.
***In between Festival appearances, Vicious Rumors have lined up a one-off UK show on June 16th as Special Guests of Nile at the London Underworld***
Guitarist Geoff Thorpe states that Vicious Rumors are known for their wicked live performance and Live You To Death 2 American Punishment captures the fire and energy of Vicious Rumors live and in your face! This live CD is a high speed hammer thats razor sharp!
Vicious Rumors, who were formed in 1979, are more than enjoying celebrating their 35th anniversary; the band kicked off 2014 with two crushing, completely different sets in January on the prestigious 70,000 Tons Of Metal Festival cruise, sailing from Miami to Mexico via the Bahamas, and now cant wait to return to the European live arena.