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Vicious Rumors

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Vicious Rumors Streaming New Song

Decibel Magazine's "Deciblog" is currently streaming a brand new track from the new Vicious Rumors album "Razorback Killers." The album is due out on April 5th via SPV/Steamhammer. Get your first listen to "Razorback Blade" at this location. Vicious Rumors has also confirmed a CD release show. The show is scheduled for April 21st in Santa Rosa, CA at Last Day.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Murderball
2. Black
3. Razorback Blade
4. Blood Stained Sunday
5. Pearl Of Wisdom
6. All I Want Is You
7. Axe To Grind
8. Let The Garden Burn
9. Rite Of Devastation
10. Deal With The Devil

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Vicious Rumors Announces European Tour

California metal act Vicious Rumors has announced the following European tour dates:

Apr. 29 - D-Lauda/Königshofen, Germany - Keep It True Festival
May 01 - Uster, Switzerland - Rock City
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 27 - Antwerp, Belgium - de Rots
May 28 - Spriens, Netherlands - Dokkèm Open Air

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Vicious Rumors Reveals New Album Tracklisting

California metal act Vicious Rumors has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album. The new album, titled "Razorback Killers," is set for release on April 5th, 2011 through SPV/Steamhammer Records. "Razorback Killers" was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California with producers Juan Urteaga and Geoff Thorpe.

The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Murderball
2. Black
3. Razorback Blade
4. Blood Stained Sunday
5. Pearl Of Wisdom
6. All I Want Is You
7. Axe To Grind
8. Let The Garden Burn
9. Rite Of Devastation
10. Deal With The Devil

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Vicious Rumors Signs With SPV/Steamhammer

San Francisco, California heavy metal act Vicious Rumors has announced its signing with SPV/Steamhammer records. The signing comes in time for the band to release its forthcoming stufio album, titled "Razorback Killer," through the label in March of 2011.

"Razorback Killer" was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California with producers Juan Urteaga and Vicious Rumors guitarist Geoff Thorpe.

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Vicious Rumors Performance Footage Available

Video footage has been posted online of Vicious Rumors performing liveThe Rock Temple in the Netherlands. The first clip can be viewed below, and the rest can be found after the jump.


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Martyr Announces European Tour Dates

Dutch metal band MARTYR are back on the road again. This time MARTYR will also support Vicious Rumors on their 2nd part of their European tour this fall.

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

02.okt.2010 Havenrock fest - Devopand Deventer NL
03.okt.2010 MMMIV fest - Little Devil - Tilburg NL
24.okt.2010 The Pit - Terneuzen NL *
30.okt.2010 Metalshock Fest - Musikzentrum - Hannover- Ger *
04.nov.2010 Sala Otto - Gijon - Spain *
05.nov.2010 La Fabrica de Chocolate - Vigo – Spain*
06.nov.2010 Side B - Lisbon – Portugal*
07.nov.2010 Ritmo Y Compas - Madrid – Spain*
26.nov.2010 Azotod - De Meern - NL
04 dec 2010 Gonz - Gouda –NL

*Supporting Vicious Rumors More...

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Hallows Eve Added To TMT Metal Fest Lineup

Hallows Eve is the latest act to be confirmed for the 2010 edition of the TMT Metal Fest, which is schedule to take placed from September 24th through 26th in Middletown, NY. Other confirmed acts for the festival include The Misfits, Scum of the Earth, Greene Jelly, Omen, Vicious Rumors, Deathriders, Diecast, Texas Hippie Coalition, Forever in Terror, Stemm, and Caustic Method. The festival will also feature special guest Metal Sanaz. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.

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Martyr To Support Flotsam and Jetsam On Tour Dates

After a very successful tour with Lizyy Borden last year, and performances at festivals such as "Keep it true" in Germany, Dutch metal cult band Martyr will be supporting Flotsam & Jetsam at their upcoming European tour.

Here are the latest Martyr tour dates: More...

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Ravage To Play With Stratovarious

Boston thrashers, Ravage, have issued the following update regarding the details of their upcoming North American tour:

"So the tour schedule seems to be coming together slowly but... maybe surely. We've got a lot of good potential shows put together including a possible gig with the legendary Vicious Rumors, and confirmed shows with ROSS THE BOSS (Guitarist of Manowar and The Dictators) and STRATOVARIUS. We seem to be having an easier time putting together shows on the west coast for some reason - so if you have some contacts in the East and south, particularly florida and the carolina's - and Canada - let me know. I've had a devil of a time getting any Canadian gigs so far." More...

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Death Angel Drummer Departs

Bay area thrashers Death Angel released a statement today regarding the departure of drummer Andy Galeon, who has been a part of the group since their start in 1982.

“As some of you may have already heard, Death Angel's long time drummer and original member Andrew Galeon has decided that it is time for him to move on from the band. While we are sad to see him go, we wish him nothing but success. Not only has he been an integral part of Death Angel from day one, but he's also family and a friend and we will miss him. All the best to you, Brother." More...

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Nightmare Metal Fest To Give Military Discount

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."

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Final Line-Up Announced For Nightmare Metal Fest

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:


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Forbidden Guitarist Glen Alvelais Quits The Band

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.

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Steve Smyth To Join The Institute Visiting Faculty

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.

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Hellstock 2008 Details Announced

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.

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Vicious Rumors Announces New Guitarist

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...

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Vicious Rumors Announce West Coast Dates

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)

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Vicious Rumors Announce New Singer

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...

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Vicious Rumors State They Are Not Splitting Up

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...

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Candlemass Confirm More Support Acts

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

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