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Vicious Rumors Comments On Upcoming Album "Electric Punishment"

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.

Thorpe also explains the tracks "I Am The Gun" and "Black X List" 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'."

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 comments: "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."

He also goes on to say, "We have permanently grown, there have been no two identical albums in our career because each album has a new, fresh approach. 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 has 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.

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
1. I Am The Gun
2. Black X List
3. Electric Punishment

Side 2
1. D-Block
2. Escape (From Hell)
3. Dime Store Prophet

Side 3
1. Together We Unite
2. Eternally
3. Thirst For A Kill

Side 4
1. Strange Ways
2. Murderball (live) (bonus track)
3. Abandoned (live) (bonus track)

Catch the band live:

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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