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Vicious Rumors Working On New Album

Geoff Thorpe from Vicious Rumors has checked in with the following update about the band working on a new album:

"Brothers and sisters, 2014 was a great year for VR! The ball just keeps rolling with our first tour of South America coming up this December! Another new frontier for Vicious Rumors.

"As you know, 2015 marks the 30 year anniversary of 'Soldiers of the Night!' Festivals and special sets are being planed as we speak...the best is yet to come!!! Don't forget, we're doing this for YOU, the fans, our loyal VRazors.

"VR is not a nostalgia act, never was. 11 studio albums, 4 live albums and the recent 4 albums in 4 years are a proof of that, right?!

"That's exactly the reason why the band is in full song writing mode for next years studio album!!! The best VR line-up in 20 years is a guarantee for killer heavy metal! The new studio album is going to be out in 2015!!!

"Yes, It's classic VR, heavy, melodic, guitar driven riff monster, with our double bass thunderbolt brutality! This is going to be our 12th studio album and it will be KILLER, believe me! Our last two albums were some of our most successful albums ever with major world tours and countless amazing concerts, festivals, ship cruises and more! Those albums proved to people that Vicious Rumors is, after 35 years of playing heavy metal, still a group at the cutting edge of metal!
VR are 100% committed to pushing forward! Metal on!"

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Vicious Rumors Posts Live Music Video

U.S. metal act Vicious Rumors, now fronted by Dutch vocalist Nick Holleman, posted a live video for the track "Worlds & Machines." The song originally appeared on the 1988 classic "Digital Dictator." The live version appears on the upcoming new live release "Live You to Death 2 - American Punishment," the first release Holleman has appeared on since joining the band in 2013. The footage was shot at the 2014 installment of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, when the band performed the "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety for the first time.

"Live You to Death 2 - American Punishment" is out on June 11th in Scandinavia, June 13th in Germany, June 16th in Europe and June 24th in USA/Canada via SPV records and has the following track listing:

1. Digital Dictator
2. Minute to Kill
3. Towns on Fire
4. Lady Took a Chance
5. Worlds and Machines
6. I Am the Gun
7. Electric Punishment
8. You Only Live Twice
9. Mastermind
10. Don't Wait for Me
11. World Church
12. Hellraiser
13. Soldiers of the Night

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Vicious Rumors To Release Live Album

The year 2014 started strong for the new Vicious Rumors lineup with the prestigious 70,000 Tons of Metal festival cruise. In June the heavy metal institution will be back on the road in Europe with a new live release under its wings.

The new live album "Live You To Death 2 - American Punishment" will be released through SPV / Steamhammer on June 11th in Scandinavia, June 13th in Germany, June 16th in Europe and June 24th in USA/Canada.

The CD features 13 live tracks recorded on the American Punishment Tour in the Fall of 2013 in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Oakland and was produced by Geoff Thorpe and mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (Machine Head. Testament).

The album features the new Vicious Rumors lineup performing classic songs never recorded live like "Towns on Fire," "Mastermind," and "Worlds and Machines" along with new songs such as "I Am The Gun" and "Electric Punishment."

The band is already working on a new studio album for 2015 and will also be celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the cult album "Soldiers of the Night" with a massive world tour in 2015. The new live album's track listing is as follows:

1. Digital Dictator
2. Minute To Kill
3. Towns On Fire
4. Lady Took A Chance
5. Worlds And Machines
6. I Am The Gun
7. Electric Punishment
8. You Only Live Twice
9. Mastermind
10. Don`t Wait For Me
11. World Church
12. Hellraiser
13. Soldiers Of The Night More...

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Footage Of 70,000 Tons Of Metal Available

With the 2014 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal in the books, footage of various bands filmed by Metal Underground.com is available for viewing below. Road Reports for the first three of four days of the event can be seen here:

70,000 Tons of Metal Report - Day One

70,000 Tons of Metal Report - Day Two

70,000 Tons of Metal Report - Day Three

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70,000 Tons Of Metal: Day One

It seemed like one year had passed in a blink of an eye. No sooner had I experienced my first 70,000 Tons of Metal, which included a birthday that saw Helloween, Rage (w/Lingua Mortis Orchestra) and Metal Church play, than I was plotting my next adventure on the high seas. The floating festival is not only the most unique and phenomenal metal sojourns in the world, its boasts a diverse genre spanning 40+ bands. Though the 2013 installment represented an array of bands more geared towards my personal favorite tastes, a “Barge to Hell” like fog is built up around this year with Carcass, Obituary, Massacre, Death: DTA Tours, Satyricon, Terrorizer among a few which has swung the pendulum towards a harsher environment. For the traditional and power styles there is return act and “athletic rock” legends Raven, German euro power and proclaimed “happy metal” act Freedom Call, German symphonic metallers Xandria, Israeli symphonic ambassadors of peace Orphaned Land and the 700 piece traveling city Haggard, which single handedly make this 71,000 Tons of Metal. More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Finalizes Lineup

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the final band just as the floating festival sets sail today. It was no surprise as Germany's Atrocity was named. The band makes up the majority of Leaves' Eyes, who are also on the cruise, and both acts will set out on a North American Tour with Moonspell this weekend right after the cruise returns to Miami on Friday morning (see tour dates here).

The sold out event will set sail at 4:00pm today from Miami with a stop at Costa Maya, Mexico on Wednesday before heading back to Miami on Friday morning. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide daily reports on all of the festival activities.

The final lineup is as follows:

Atrocity
Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Announces 2 More Acts; Reports Sellout

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced two of the final three acts as the final weekend before the floating festival sets sail in three days (Monday, January 27th) has arrived. California's Nekrogoblikon and Tampa death metal act Massacre were welcomed onboard in the last 24 hours.

Massacre will be performing some songs from their forthcoming album "Back From Beyond" during the band's two sets.

In addition, UMC reported that the event has sold out, however there are still single tickets in shared cabins still available. For more information, head on over to www.70000tons.com. The cruise dates are from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. Metal Underground.com will also be onboard to provide reports on all of the activities.

There is at least 1 more band to be announced (it is unknown whether any add on acts will be announced as have been in past years) and the current lineup including the latest is as follows:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Keep of Kalessin
Leaves' Eyes
Massacre (playing selections from the upcoming new album "Back From Beyond") More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Names Three New Acts

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: New Jersey's Swashbuckle, Norway's Keep Of Kalessin and International act Twilight Of The Gods.

For Swashbuckle, it will be the band's second appearance on the cruise and Twilight of the Gods appeared on the first cruise as a Bathory tribute band and will pay homage to Quorthon in one of the band's two sets this year.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Swashbuckle, Keep Of Kalessin and Twilight Of The Gods join the previously announced acts, with 3 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Freedom Call
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Hatesphere
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes More...

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Vicious Rumors Announces New Lineup

Vicious Rumors starts a new chapter and welcomes new band members Nick Holleman on lead vocals, Tilen Hudrap on bass guitar, and welcome back Bob Capka on guitar. The following press release was issued about the new lineup:

"Nick, a native of Holland, has a powerful melodic voice with great range and tone. A natural talent with high octane stage presence and endless sustain. VR fans old and new were stunned by his performance on the last tour in the USA. Nick was hired on the spot after seeing a video on Youtube!

"Tilen is a native of Slovenia. After a series of auditions, Tilen was hired last summer to fill in on tour. The band liked his aggressive playing and monster stage presence so much that he was invited to join the band as a full time member after his first show in July. Tilen already played 2 world tours with the band (Europe and USA, 50 shows) and appears in the newest video for the title track off the current album 'Electric Punishment.'

"VR welcomes back Bob Capka, who played on the highly acclaimed 'Electric Punishment' CD and has been on 3 tours in Europe and the USA. Bob brings shredding solos and riffs as well as a hunter's killer attitude to the stage show.

"Original members guitar player Geoff Thorpe and drummer Larry Howe are proud to officially announce that this killer new line-up has already recorded a new live album!

"The legendary institution that is Vicious Rumors is stronger and faster than ever. After eighty shows on tour in 2013, the new VR line-up has recorded the massive 'Live U to Death 2 American Punishment.' More...

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Freedom Call, Unearth And Hatesphere Added To 70K

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, launched another volley of acts for the upcoming floating festival, which sets sail in 11 days: Germany's Freedom Call, Boston's Unearth and Danish death thrashers Hatesphere.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Freedom Call, Unearth and Hatesphere join the previously announced acts, with 6 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Gloryhammer
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Novembers Doom
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Poltergeist
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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Gloryhammer & Poltergeist Named For 70000 Tons

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the next two bands for the upcoming floating festival: Gloryhammer (featuring Christopher Bowes of Alestorm and Thomas Lazlo Winkler formerly of Emerald) and reformed Swiss thrashers Poltergeist (featuring André Grieder, who sang vocals on Destruction's 1990 album "Cracked Brain").

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Gloryhammer and Poltergeist join the previously announced acts, with 9 more bands still to be announced:

Bonfire (playing "Fire Works" in its entirety)
Carcass
Cripper
Cynic
Dark Tranquility
Death: DTA Tours
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Novembers Doom
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Names Four New Acts

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the next four new bands for the upcoming floating festival: Death DTA (featuring Sean Reinert (Cynic) - drums, Paul Masvidal (Cynic) - guitar, Steve DiGiorgio (Autopsy, Testament, Iced Earth) - bass, and Max Phelps (Cynic)), Miami death/progressive fusion act Cynic, Chicago doom metallers Novembers Doom and German hard rock act Bonfire (who will play the entire "Fireworks" album at one of its performances).

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Death DTA, Cynic, Novembers Doom and Bonfire join previously announced acts, with 11 more bands still to be announced:

Carcass
Cripper
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Haggard
Izegrim
Leaves' Eyes
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Pungent Stench
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Xandria More...

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Four Pack Of Bands Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced four new bands for the upcoming floating festival: German classical metal act Haggard, U.S. power metal veterans Vicious Rumors, the recently revived Austrian grindcore act Pungent Stench and Dutch death thrashers Izegrim.

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

Haggard, Vicious Rumors, Pungent Stench and Izegrim join previously announced acts, with 15 more acts still to be announced:

Carcass
Cripper
Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
D.R.I.
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Leaves' Eyes
Obituary
Orphaned Land
Overkill
Raven
Rising Storm
Satyricon
Septicflesh
Soilwork
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted
Victory
Xandria More...

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Vicious Rumors Releases New Music Video

California's Vicious Rumors released the new music video for "Electric Punishment." The song is the title track of the latest LP, which is available now via SPV/Steamhammer Records. The band is set to embark on the "American Punishment Tour" with Seven Witches and Power Theory. Confirmed dates can be found over at this location.

Check out the video here:

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Vicious Rumors Embarking On U.S. Tour

San Francisco Bay act Vicious Rumors is about to kick off the "American Punishment" tour with special guest Seven Witches and Power Theory. The trek takes place from September 18th to October 14th in the United States.

The tour is in support of the "Electric Punishment" album that was released via Steamhammer/SPV earlier this year. Dates are as follows: More...

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Indianapolis Metal Fest III Announces Lineup

The Indianapolis Metal Fest III will take place September 20-21, 2013 at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana. Among the acts features is the reformed Byzantine, as well as, Temple of Brutality, which features Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and guitarist Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.). Tickets can be purchased over at this location.

The full slate of acts to appear:

Incantation
Acheron
Revocation
Byzantine
Funerus
Leatherwolf
Rivers of Nihil
Seven Witches
Vicious Rumors
Angel Vivaldi More...

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Vicious Rumors To Embark On "Summer Of Punishment"

Vicious Rumors has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming European tour dates:

"Vicious Rumors returns to Europe supporting the hit album 'Electric Punishment' on the SPV Steamhammer label. The Summer Of Punishment Tour is featuring major festivals such as 'Bang Your Head' July 11Th in Balingen Germany, a duel Headliner with 'Candlemass.' This is a special show featuring Keven Albert, Son of legendary VR vocalist Carl Albert. Anyone who saw VR with Keven at 'Keep It True Festival' in 2011 knows this will be a night to remember!

"VR has just been confirmed for 'MetalDay's festival,' formerly 'Metalcamp,' in Slovenia July 23rd. An epic homecoming for Tilen Hudrap, our newest family member Joining VR on bass guitar for the summer tour. The Turock Summerfest in Essen is like VR's hometown show in Germany. Oh and did we mention it's FREE! Thats right, July 20 at the Turock. VR returns to 'Headbangers Open Air' July 26Th in Brande-Hornerkirchen Germany co-headlining with Metal Church and Overkill for a set including songs that have never been played live!!

"Next, VR is unleashed at The 'Stonehenge Festival' in the NL, July 27Th. Last and going out with a bang! 'The Alacatraz Festival' Aug 10 in Belgium in is the last show in Europe this year! After 40 great shows supporting the hit album 'Electric Punishment,' VR will be going out big again playing songs never heard live... Bob Capka returns to VR on Guitar. The band is tight and ready to crush the summer stages! Look for VR on tour in Europe this Summer!

"Along with these great festivals look for special club dates in Germany, Austria and the NL, including Aug 6 & 8 with special guest Dutch rockers Rebelstar.' Let the Summer Of Punishment begin!

"Coming later this year...American Punishment Tour 2013 with Vicious Rumors, Seven Witches, and Power Theory. This crushing metal tour will hit 20 plus cities in the USA and Canada from September 19th to October 20th, 2013. With 3 albums in 3 years , Over 200 shows, The ball is rolling like a freight train from hell..." More...

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Vicious Rumors Posts New Music Video

U.S. metal act Vicious Rumors posted a new music video for the track "I Am the Gun." The song is the opener to the upcoming new LP "Electric Punishment," which is set for release on April 26th in Germany, April 29th in Europe and May 7th in the US/Canada via SPV Records.

The track list for "Electric Punishment" is:

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)

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Vicious Rumors Comments On Upcoming Album

When Vicious Rumors returned from a long and strenous 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 result of that big challenge is scheduled for release: Vicious Rumors will unleash "Electric Punishment" April 29th in Europe and May 7th in the US/Canada via SPV/Steamhammer.

Thorpe refers to the album 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 reportedly more multi-layered and diverse than the material on its 2011 predecessor. "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. More...

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The Order Of Chaos Announces New Tour Dates

The Order of Chaos has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming European shows:

"We are extremely pleased to announce that The Order of Chaos will be returning to Europe in May 2013 as support for legendary bay area thrash gods Vicious Rumors! We are thrilled to make a return Europe and we hope to see some familiar and fresh faces headbanging in May!"

Confirmed dates are as follows:

07.05.2013 DE Bastard Club, Osnabruck*
08.05.2013 DE Bambi Galore, Hamburg*
09.05.2013 DE Florinsmarkt, Koblenz*
10.05.2013 DE Glückaufhalle, Duisburg*
12.05.2013 DE Kreuz, Obermarchtal*
15.05.2013 SLO TBA, Ljubljiana**
16.05.2013 DE Vortex, Siegen**
17.05.2013 DE Live Music Hall, Weiher**
18.05.2013 CZ Barrak Music Club, Ostrava**
19.05.2013 CZ TBA, Budvar**
20.05.2013 HU Club 202, Budapest***
22.05.2013 DE Garage, Munich***
23.05.2013 DE UJT, Uelsen***
24.05.2013 NL The Rock Temple, Kerkrade***
25.05.2013 NL Baroeg, Rotterdam***
26.05.2013 NL Little Devil, Tilburg***

* Dates with Nodrama
** Dates with The Embodied
*** Dates with Iron Knights More...

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