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The official 2009 Nightmare Metal Fest website has been updated with the following announcement about providing a military discount:
"Nightmare Metal Fest II, announced Friday it will be honoring America’s military by giving 25% discounts to all military personnel and their families who wish to attend the 2nd annual progressive and power heavy metal festival. The festival features Internationally signed and performing bands, some of whom are signed to Nightmare Records, a label based out of St Paul, MN.
"Nightmare Records owner Lance King said, “San Antonio has a large military population with several bases in the surrounding areas. In such times of sacrifice in our nation’s history, we felt strongly about supporting our troops and giving back to them. We are delighted to offer them this discount to attend the festival.”
"Nightmare Metal Fest II will be hosting its annual event at Warehouse Music, 1303 E Houston St. in downtown on the weekend of March 20-21, 2009. The festival features such acts as: Vicious Rumors, Mindwarp Chamber, Krucible, Six Minute Century, Imagika, Seven Witches and many more. Tickets may be purchased online at www.nightmaremetalfest.com or directly at the box office."
The official Nightmare Metal Fest website has been updated with the following statement about the band line-up:
"Come join the Prog/Power Metal Revolution! Nightmare Metal Fest II, which will be held March 20-21 at the Warehouse in San Antonio, Texas, announces new bands and some changes to the line-up.
"Unfortunately Jag Panzer will not be playing at the Fest.
Futures End has had to cancel because they are in the studio finishing their debut album.
"With these changes, this is the final band line-up:
SIX MINUTE CENTURY
ONE OF SIX
Forbidden guitarist Glen Alvelais has announced his departure from the reunited thrash metal outfit to focus on his side project Tenet, which features veteran drummer Gene Hoglan and former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza. He has been replaced by Nevermore/Dragonlord/Vicious Rumours guitarist Steve Smyth.
The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance has announced that metal guitarist Steve Smyth is joining the visiting faculty. Steve will be bringing with him his incredible skills, his valuable time and his wealth of knowledge and expertise – all now exclusively available to Institute students.
Steve has played on the biggest festival stages in the world with some of the biggest festival names in metal, from Nevermore to Testament, Dragonlord and Vicious Rumors.
About The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance:
The Institute is widely recognised as Europe's finest school of modern music. Established almost a quarter of a century ago, the Institute has been developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music for longer than any other UK-based school. Originally known as the Guitar Institute and Basstech, the school has built its reputation on providing world class teaching using the very best teachers and state-of-the-art facilities. It now offers a range of professional courses including a 3-year Degree (BMus), a fully-funded one year Diploma, a specialist one year Higher Diploma, plus a wide portfolio of part-time courses designed to meet a variety of training needs for guitarists, bass players, drummers and vocalists. Past or present Institute students can be found everywhere, touring with the likes of Katie Melua and Moby, playing with bands like Radiohead and Babyshambles and artists like K. T. Tunstall and Beverley Knight, and also working as teachers all over the world.
This year's HELLSTOCK is to take place at State Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL on Saturday August 9th.
The show features the first time ever appearance in Florida by the legendary HELSTAR, which features vocalist James Rivera of Flotsam and Jetsam/Seven Witches/Vicious Rumors fame. Also on the bill are Dark Balance Records' goth metal band Menna Brinno, Tampa metal act My Evil Side, and Queensryche tribute band Jet City. Another band is soon to be announced.
Tickets cost $13 in advance, $15 day of the show.
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have announced the addition of guitarist Kiyoshi Morgan (photo) to the group's ranks. According to a press release "Kiyo is a longtime San Francisco Bay Area pro, playing lead guitar in several tribute bands, covering the styles of SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN and 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!"
Comented guitarist Geoff Thorpe: "Kiyo just fit in and sounded great!! Our guitar styles blend really well... and this guy can shred!! Our new lineup is as strong as ever. I can't wait to unleash the new VR beast."
VICIOUS RUMORS recently enlisted singer Ronnie Stixx (SHADOWKEEP, DIVINE RUINS). "Ronnie showed up and blew the band away with his powerful voice," stated guitarist Geoff Thorpe. "The first night he sang with us it was like he was in the band for years. It was amazing." More...
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS schedule the following dates:
March 22 - The Kennel Club Sacramento, CA
March 29 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA (VR on at 9 p.m.) (w/ TESTAMENT)
March 29 - Britannia Arms Cupertino, CA (headlining; VR on at 11:59 p.m.)
March 30 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA (w/ TESTAMENT)
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have announced the addition of singer Ronnie Stixx (SHADOWKEEP, DIVINE RUINS) to the group's ranks. "Ronnie showed up and blew the band away with his powerful voice," stated guitarist Geoff Thorpe. "The first night he sang with us it was like he was in the band for years. It was amazing. Major worldwide touring is in the works. Our first show is March 29 at the Britannia Arms in Cupertino, California."
VICIOUS RUMORS is currently writing material for a new album that will be recorded later in the year at Trident studios in Pacheco, California with the production team of Geoff Thorpe and Juan Urteaga. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Murderball", "From Fear to Eternity" and "Over the Edge". More...
San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have issued the following update:
"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 and Japan. As the 'Warball' tour ends the band is now in pre-production for a new studio CD to be released next year."
"Even though the band has gone through many changes over the years, VR has maintained a solid force in U.S. 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 September 2007. 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." More...
CANDLEMASS have confirmed more opening acts on their upcoming tour in support of their new album, King Of The Grey Islands. Their updated schedule is as follows:
31 - Malmoe, Sweden - K.B.
1 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock (with SATURNUS)
2 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle *
3 - Berlin, Germany - Kato *
4 - Nurenberg, Germany - Hirsch *
6 - Essen, Germany - Turock *
7 - Eindhoven, Holland - Dynamo *
8 - Würzburg, Germany - Soundpark Ost
9 - Rijssen, Holland - Lucky ***
11 - Leeds, UK - Rio's **
12 - London, UK - Dingwalls **
14 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix (with SERPENTCULT)
15 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7 *
16 - Milano, Italy - Transilvania
19 - Budapest, Hungary - A 38 (with STEREOCHRIST)
20 - Krakow, Poland - Studio (with CEMETARY OF SCREAM)
22 - Flensburg, Germany - Roxy (with STRONGHOLDE)
23 - Göteborg, Sweden - Sticky FIngers
24 - Linköping, SwedenvAtmosfär
26 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
29 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Idrogios
30 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
* support from POWERWOLF
** support from CENTURIONS GHOST, BATTERED
*** support from AGENT STEEL, VICIOUS RUMORS, AFTER ALL, OFFICIUM TRISTE, INHUME
EXODUS, HELSTAR and VICIOUS RUMORS are among the confirmed bands for the Burning Star Metal Fest 2007, set to take place August 4-5 at The Jumping Turtle in San Marcos, California. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Saturday, August 4 (show starts at 2:00 p.m.)
PATHS OF POSSESSION
Sunday, August 5 (show starts at 1:00 p.m.)
FUELED BY FIRE
RISE TO MOURN
LIGHT OF DOOM
These shows are open to all ages through 10:00 p.m., which includes all bands but PATHS OF POSSESSION, DARK FAITH, and RISE TO MOURN.
Tickets are available pre-sale at www.thejumpingturtle.com for $20 ($25 day of show). A ticket to one of the days gets you in the other day for only $15.
AGENT STEEL will team up with VICIOUS RUMORS and AFTER ALL for the Alienigma European Tour 2007 beginning in early September. Dates are as follows:
Sep. 05 - Frankfurt, Germany - Nachtleben
Sep. 06 - Weert, Netherlands - De Bosuil
Sep. 07 - Eeklo, Belgium - Meetjeslands Metalfest 4 (CC De Herbakker)
Sep. 08 - Noordwijk, Netherlands - Join
Sep. 09 - Rijssen, Netherlands - Lucky & Co. (w/ CANDLEMASS)
Sep. 13 - Madrid, Spain - Ritmo & Compas
Sep. 14 - Palencia, Spain - Carabel
Sep. 15 - Bilbao, Spain - Santana 27
Sep. 16 - Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra
Sep. 18 - Treviso, Italy - New Age Club Roncade
Sep. 19 - Montegranaro (Fermo), Italy - Tana delle Tigri
Sep. 21 - Athens, Greece - [to be announced]
Sep. 22 - Thessaloniki, Greece - [to be announced]
Sep. 23 - Skopje, Macedonia – [to be announced]
AGENT STEEL recently completed work on its new album, "Alienigma", due later in the year via Mascot Records. The track listing is as follows:
01. Fashioned From Dust
02. Wash The Planet Clean
03. Hail To The Chief
05. Liberty Lying Bleeding
07. Tiamats Fall
09. Lamb To The Slaughter
WILDESTARR, the new band featuring VICIOUS RUMORS bassist Dave Starr (on guitar and bass) and vocalist London Wilde has their first song 'Generation Next' available at the band's website. Says Dave: "This is the demo version of one of the new songs off the upcoming WildeStarr CD, very raw, in your face, and loud. We just recorded this last week. We want everyone to hear us and get a feel for what we are up to in the studio. We are going to be in the studio all year working on this album, but folks want to hear something now... so here you go!"
WildeStarr is currently looking for a record deal and hope to have their debut album out later this year.
Co-producing along with the band is Juan Urteaga (TESTAMENT, Vicious Rumors, EXODUS). WildeStarr band lineup is: Dave Starr on all guitars and bass, London Wilde on Vocals and keyboards, and studio/session drummer R.R. Valdez.
The reunited "Remnants of War"-era lineup of HELSTAR shared the stage with TESTAMENT Tuesday, March 27, at the Scout Bar in Houston, Texas.
Commented HELSTAR bassist Jerry Abarca: "This show was GREAT!!! Sold out... You had to walk on top of people just to get anywhere. If you missed it, maybe next time. HELSTAR made an official announcement last night. HELSTAR will be recording a new album. This year!!! And will be shopping for a great label. We did play a new one for the crowd and it was a frenzy of madness. To be all honest it was it was a madhouse and of course I had to come to work today. I was well worth it. Thanks for everyone's time and we hope to see you in the near future..."
HELSTAR's current lineup includes Abarca, guitarists Larry Barragan and Rob Trevino, vocalist James Rivera (also in VICIOUS RUMORS, KILLING MACHINE), and drummer Russell DeLeon.
Milwaukee Metal Fest XIX has announced that the majority of our undercard has been booked. Undercard bands are featured, non-headlining bands and 36 featured bands are listed below. Though the list is substantial, it's not quite all of them. There will be more undercard announcements in a few days.
Milwaukee Metal Fest XIX The Undercard: More...
Original Vicious Rumors member and bassist Dave Starr has left the band as of January 23, 2007. Dave played bass on the first 5 Vicious Rumors albums (and was featured in several other VR DVD's, MTV videos, and band compilations). He returned to the band in 2005 to record the new WarBall CD in 2006. Dave commented:
"My history with VR 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 VR again and record the WarBall album."
"I am happy with the way the new VR 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 VR again. I remain on good terms with everyone in the band and wish them well in the future."
Look for the debut CD by WildeStarr in late 2007. Dave describes the band's sound as "Heavy, melodic, and intense."
Dave's departure comes just prior to the the band heading out on tour. They had lined up a number of live dates during the coming months, including a San Francisco show with TESTAMENT and RUFFIANS at The Independant on January 27 with more shows to be confirmed. There was no information on the impact on touring plans at this time, however.
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have lined up a number of live dates during the coming months, including a San Francisco show with TESTAMENT and RUFFIANS at The Independant on January 27. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows (venue details to be announced):
Jan. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independant
Feb. 23 - Santa Rosa, CA @ [to be announced]
Feb. 24 - Alameda, CA @ [to be announced]
Mar. 08 - San Antonio, TX @ [to be announced]
Mar. 09 - Corpus Christi, TX @ [to be announced]
Mar. 10 - Houston, TX @ [to be announced]
Mar. 15 - Palmetto, FL @ [to be announced]
Mar. 16 - Tampa, FL @ [to be announced]
Mar. 17 - Cayey, Puerto Rico @ [to be announced]
Mar. 21 - Detroit, MI @ [to be announced]
Mar. 22 - Ohio @ [to be announced]
Mar. 23 - Ohio @ [to be announced]
Mar. 24 - Ohio @ [to be announced]
Apr. 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ [to be announced]
Apr. 13 - San Diego, CA @ [to be announced]
Apr. 14 - Las Vegas, NV @ [to be announced]
Apr. 16 - Japan @ [to be announced]
Apr. 17 - Japan @ [to be announced]
Apr. 18 - Japan @ [to be announced]
Apr. 19 - Japan @ [to be announced]
Apr. 20 - Japan @ [to be announced]
VICIOUS RUMORS drummer Larry Howe has joined W.A.S.P. as the replacement for Stet Howland. "[Larry] auditioned a few weeks ago and Blackie [Lawless, W.A.S.P. mainman] called him back and told him he had the gig," VICIOUS RUMORS bassist Dave Starr said. "He flies to Los Angeles this weekend to start work with the band for the new tour dates that start soon.
"As far as Larry and VICIOUS RUMORS goes, we have a break now with no tour dates while Geoff [Thorpe, VICIOUS RUMORS mainman] finishes the new [VR] CD so the timing is good for everyone," continued Dave. "Larry says Blackie wants him to do the tour and then what happens next will be figured out down the line. Larry remains a member of VICIOUS RUMORS. I still want Larry to do the WILDESTARR CD with my wife and I, and I hope he can still do that at some point later this year.
"This is great news for Larry, and I gave him congrats on the phone. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved."
W.A.S.P.'s U.S. tour is scheduled to kick off May 19 in Sacramento, California. W.A.S.P. had utilized the services of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN / SILVER MOUNTAIN drummer Patrick Johansson for the U.S. dates they played in February/March.
Lizzy Borden have announced the following headlining shows along with a west coast tour with W.A.S.P.:
May 5 - Las Vegas, Nevada @ Empire Ballroom
May 6 - Lakewood, CO @ Ecks Salon
May 7 - Loveland, CO @ Shaffers White Buffalo
May 19 - Sacramento, CA @ Kennel Club
May 21 - San Diego, CA @ Canes
May 22 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Cajun House
May 23 - El Paso, TX @ Stampede
May 24 Chihuahua, Mexico @ Club Private
May 26 - Arlington, TX @ Dreamworld Music Complex
May 27 - Houston, TX @ Forgetta Bout it
May 28 - Victoria, TX @ Riverside Convention
June 1 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
June 4 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
June 6 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Lizzy Borden has announced the addition of guitarist, Ira Black (Metal Church, Vicious Rumors).
"Ira came in, turned up and started shredding up the place, I can't wait for everyone to hear him play all the Borden songs. The rehearsals so far have been just crushing! He's just the new blood we've been dying for"
The band, however, have decided to go back to their classic line up of two guitarists, so they are still on the lookout for a second guitarist of equal abilities.
Any interested parties:
- MUST live in Los Angeles
- Must be a shredder with taste (Rhoads/Wylde)
- Must have stage presence and be a part of the Lizzy Borden Show.
Send us a link to your website so we may hear samples of your playing and see pictures. No snail mail please.
Vicious Rumors, are in the studio recording their 9th studio album scheduled for release in May 06. Laying down the tracks on this release will be an all-star, veteran lineup: Geoff Thorpe (guitars), Brad Gillis (guitars), James Rivera (vocals), Dave Starr (bass) and Larry Howe (drums).
Brad Gillis (Ozzy, Night Ranger) returns to metal with Vicious Rumors for their new cd and tour. Brad entered the metal scene in 1982, stepping up to replace the late, great, Randy Rhoades on Ozzy’s “Diary of a Madman” tour. Brad left Ozzy following his electrifying performance on “Speak of the Devil – Live” and went on to multi-platinum success with Night Ranger. There is no doubt that Brad’s guitar work is sure to be a formidable addition to the VR guitar assault.
James Rivera (Helstar, Flotsam & Jetsam, Seven Witches) brings a true metal spirit to Vicious Rumors. With his powerful and dynamic voice, James has recorded and toured with many legendary metal outfits and now finds a new home in VR for their 2006 release and tour.
Dave Starr, VR’s original bass player, has rejoined the band. Dave performed on VR’s earliest releases including, “Soldiers of the Night”, “Vicious Rumors” self-titled album, “Welcome to the Ball” and “Plug in and Hang On – Live”. With Dave’s return, the band is now 3 original members strong reforming the very nucleus that originated VR’s classic style and sound.
“This is truly a very exciting time for VR. The chemistry between the five of us is very wicked!” says band founder, Geoff Thorpe.
Vicious Rumors is planning a worldwide tour in support of their new CD following its release this spring.