***Legendary US Melodic Power Metal Band's New 'Celebration Decay' Studio Album Released August 21st On Steamhammer/SPV***

Seminal US Bay Area melodic power metal band Vicious Rumors are set to unleash their searing new studio album 'Celebration Decay' on August 21st as a Digi-Pak CD, double gatefold red vinyl LP with printed inner sleeves, download and stream. The follow-up to 2016's highly acclaimed 'Concussion Protocol' offering, 'Celebration Decay', Vicious Rumors' thirteenth studio album, is a yet more accomplished successor which packs an even harder musical punch.

Vicious Rumors mastermind Geoff Thorpe, long-standing drummer Larry Howe, new vocalist Nick Courtney plus new Guitarist Gunnar DŁgrey had only planned twenty concerts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1988 classic 'Digital Dictator' when they set off on tour in 2018. "The reactions were so enthusiastic that the twenty shows turned into an amazing 108 gigs in the end," remembersThorpe, still a little awed. "We really hadn't expected that. On the one hand the new Vicious Rumors studio line-up had an opportunity to grow into a really tight unit during that long tour, which is one of the reasons why 'Celebration Decay' sounds as dynamic and vibrant as any other of our best recordings in our long career. On the other hand the 'Digital Dictator' shows ensured that we came into contact with our early influences again and again. Both factors together have resulted in an album that sounds like typical Vicious Rumors and oozes lots of energy and momentum. I must admit, I couldn't be prouder."

Nick and Gunnar more than passed their baptism of fire with distinction during the 'Digital Dictator' tour; "Nick delivered some awesome performances during the gigs and was celebrated by our fans. Gunnar is a real virtuoso. I enlisted him as an 18-year-old, straight out of high school. Today he's 21 and already an absolute world-class musician. Vicious Rumors now has a guitar team on caliber with the times of the legendary Mark McGee." (Thorpe).

Greg Christian (Testament, Trauma) contributed as special guest; "Greg is a longtime friend, it was a pleasure to work with him. He really contributed to a thundering rhythm section with Larry." Guitarist Cody Green, who contributed two haunting solos on 'Long Way Home' and 'Any Last Words', also deserves a mention. Green also helped out on bass during the tour. Thorpe: "Cody will always be part of the Vicious Rumors family. Robin Utbult from Sweden will be handling the bass on the Celebration Decay tour."

'Celebration Decay' is a kind of best-of-both-worlds recording; Geoff beams: "There are classic Vicious Rumors numbers such as 'Pulse Of The Dead', 'Arrival Of Desolation', 'Death Eternal' and 'Collision Course Disaster'. And then there's a song like 'Darkness Devine' with a structure that's very unusual for us and hints at this band's future. 'Celebration Decay' kicks off with the title song, which is not only incredibly fast and hard, along with its aggressiveness it also features fantastic vocals and great harmony guitars. In combination with the amazing energy that all musicians involved brought to the studio, 'Celebration Decay' is the perfect opener for our new album."

The first single 'Death Eternal' (including video) will see the light of day on 3 July 2020, followed by the second single 'Pulse Of The Dead' on 7 August 2020. Thorpe: "Look for a three part mini documentary of the making of 'Celebration Decay'. The first episode airs 26 June." The album was recorded and mixed between November 2019 and February 2020 at the Trident Studios in Pacheco, California, by Geoff Thorpe and Juan Urteaga. "There's no other Vicious Rumors release that I worked as hard on as I did on 'Celebration Decay'," states Thorpe. "After all, when you get the opportunity to bring out a new album, you really have to give it your best shot. Of course that's what I did with all other Vicious Rumors cuts, but with a perfectly oiled metal machine like our current line-up, it was even more fun than usual."

Moldering – Roland Hyams on 020 8677 8466 / 07768 156392.

26th June 2020

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US Bay Area heavy metal giants Vicious Rumors have confirmed the release of their mighty, melodious twelfth studio album, 'Concussion Protocol' on August 26th on Steamhammer / SPV. An inspired, cranium crunching offering, 'Concussion Protocol' will be available as a Digipak CD (plus poster), double gatefold red 180 gram vinyl LP with printed inner sleeves (plus CD in paper sleeve), and download.

'Concussion Protocol', packed with gigantic guitar rhythms and shredding solos, powerful, melodic vocals, thunderous double bass drums and hard driving bass guitar madness, is a major milestone album. The long time production team of Juan Uteaga and Vicious Rumors' founder Geoff Thorpe deftly zeroed in on the new strengths of a fully revitalized band that now features talented newcomers Nick Holleman on vocals and Tilen Hudrap on bass, alongside Thorpe and Thaen Rasmussen on guitars, and veteran drummer Larry Howe. Uteaga and Thorpe, who have been solidifying their working relationship for the last ten years, perfectly captured the newly galvanized band - plus guest guitarists Steve Smyth and Brad Gillis - at the peak of their powers on 'Concussion Protocol'.

From the moment colossal album opener 'Concussion Protocol' gallops out of the speakers, until the last notes of massive closing track 'Life For A Life' fade away, you are taken on a sublime (50 minute plus) sonic rollercoaster ride of pure, cutting edge, metal adventure. The songs run the gamut, from the powerful, melodic 'Take It Or Leave It', the haunting 'Circle Of Secrets', the thought provoking 'Victims Of A Digital World', right through to the brutal, hard driving '1000 Years'.

'Concussion Protocol', the follow-up to 2013's 'Electric Punishment' studio album, is an even more accomplished body of work than its predecessor, which won rave reviews the world over. Fireworks magazine's John Tucker reviewed 'Electric Punishment' in the magazine's May/June 2013 issue, stating; "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 that's 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 you'd expect from a band of this caliber."

Vicious Rumors, renowned for their relentless, driving energy and commitment to excellence, have now excelled themselves on 'Concussion Protocol', a soon to be hailed all-time classic metal album.

Knocked Out – Roland Hyams on 020 8677 8466 / 07768 156392.

28th June 2016

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