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August 27, 1979 - Geoff Thorpe moves from Hawaii to Santa Rosa, California, to pursue his musical career and start his own band. For the first year, before even having the band together, Geoff went to every concert and club show, passing out Vicious Rumors business cards, which helped to generate a interest in the music scene when the band did start finally playing out in the clubs.

1980 - VR plays the first "Metal Monday" along with Metallica, Motley Crue, Laaz Rockit and Exodus. Metal Mondays were metal shows sponsored by the San Francisco radio station KRQR, featuring the best metal acts in the Bay Area at Bill Graham's, "The Old Waldorf", the premier club in the Bay Area at the time. "Metal Mondays" were the birth of the Bay area Metal scene.

1982 - VR appears on KMEL's
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VICIOUS RUMORS Soldiers Of The Night album cover 3.21 | 13 ratings
Soldiers Of The Night
US Power Metal 1985
VICIOUS RUMORS Digital Dictator album cover 4.21 | 21 ratings
Digital Dictator
US Power Metal 1988
VICIOUS RUMORS Vicious Rumors album cover 3.92 | 17 ratings
Vicious Rumors
US Power Metal 1990
VICIOUS RUMORS Welcome To The Ball album cover 4.16 | 13 ratings
Welcome To The Ball
US Power Metal 1991
VICIOUS RUMORS Word Of Mouth album cover 3.70 | 11 ratings
Word Of Mouth
US Power Metal 1994
VICIOUS RUMORS Something Burning album cover 2.93 | 7 ratings
Something Burning
Groove Metal 1996
VICIOUS RUMORS Cyberchrist album cover 3.15 | 9 ratings
Groove Metal 1998
VICIOUS RUMORS Sadistic Symphony album cover 2.28 | 5 ratings
Sadistic Symphony
Groove Metal 2001
VICIOUS RUMORS Warball album cover 3.91 | 11 ratings
US Power Metal 2006
VICIOUS RUMORS Razorback Killers album cover 4.06 | 14 ratings
Razorback Killers
US Power Metal 2011
VICIOUS RUMORS Electric Punishment album cover 4.29 | 8 ratings
Electric Punishment
US Power Metal 2013
VICIOUS RUMORS Concussion Protocol album cover 3.96 | 3 ratings
Concussion Protocol
US Power Metal 2016
VICIOUS RUMORS Celebration Decay album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Celebration Decay
US Power Metal 2020


VICIOUS RUMORS The Voice album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Voice
US Power Metal 1994

VICIOUS RUMORS live albums

VICIOUS RUMORS A Tribute To Carl Albert album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
A Tribute To Carl Albert
US Power Metal 1995
VICIOUS RUMORS Plug In And Hang On: Live In Tokyo album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Plug In And Hang On: Live In Tokyo
US Power Metal 2004
VICIOUS RUMORS Live You To Death album cover 4.55 | 2 ratings
Live You To Death
US Power Metal 2012
VICIOUS RUMORS Live You To Death 2 – American Punishment album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live You To Death 2 – American Punishment
US Power Metal 2014

VICIOUS RUMORS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

VICIOUS RUMORS Demo I album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Demo I
Heavy Metal 1982
VICIOUS RUMORS Demo II album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Demo II
Heavy Metal 1983

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Crushing The World
US Power Metal 2005



Demo · 1983 · Heavy Metal
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"Demo II" is as the title suggests the 2nd demo cassette tape by US, California based heavy/power metal act Vicious Rumors. The demo was self-released in May 1983. Since the release of the first demo there have been a couple of lineup changes as guitarist Jim Cassero has been replaced by Chuck Moomey, and drummer Jim Lang has been replaced by Don Selzer. Vicious Rumors were formed in 1979 and released their first demo cassette tape in 1982. The track "In Fire" was also featured on the first demo in a shorter and less developed version.

Stylistically the 3 tracks on the 13:37 minutes long demo continues the heavy/US power metal style of the first demo. "Steeler" is a relatively hard edged heavy/US power metal track (and probably the track which resembles the band´s later more defined US power metal style the most), while "In Fire" is a more melodic traditional heavy metal track greatly influenced by Iron Maiden. "I Can Live Forever" has a more hard rocking feeling to it´s tradtional heavy metal sound and it reminds me a bit of contemporary Judas Priest.

It´s obvious the band have developed their songwriting and playing skills since the first demo, and the sound quality is also slightly better on this demo than on the first. It´s still pretty lo-fi and unpolished though. The three tracks show that Vicious Rumors were still working on finding their own sound, but despite the stylistic inconsistency of the tracks, they are all quality material and a 3 star (60%) rating is warranted. Certainly a promising demo release.


Demo · 1982 · Heavy Metal
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"Demo I" is as the title suggests the 1st demo cassette tape by US, California based heavy/power metal act Vicious Rumors. The demo was self-released in 1982. The lineup at this point consisted of Gary St. Pierre (vocals), Geoff Thorpe (guitars), Jim Cassero (guitars), Jeff Barnacle (bass), and Jim Lang (drums).

Vicious Rumors were formed in 1979 and although they are primarily known as a US power metal act, the early 80s were a bit too soon to be tagging anything US power, and the 2 tracks on the 6:39 minutes long demo are also more traditional heavy metal type material than US power. It´s pretty hard edged though, and references to the most intense and aggressive Judas Priest aren´t all wrong.

The demo features a pretty lo-fi sounding production, and while such productions can sometimes provide equally raw and unpolished music, it´s not really the case here. The sound quality is simply of such a low quality that it´s disturbing for the listening experience.

Given the lo-fi sound quality it was actually a bit surprising to learn that the track "One Way Ticket" off this demo was picked to be featured on the 1984 Shrapnel Records "U.S. Metal Vol. IV" compilation, but on the other hand, if you can look past the abysmal production values, it´s obvious that Vicious Rumors are a talented bunch of guys and the songwriting isn´t the worst either, although at this point pretty immature and lacking a personal sound. A 2.5 star (50%) rating is warranted.


Album · 1990 · US Power Metal
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Vicious Rumors' self-titled album was their first major label release, and as such finds them polishing up their style and steering it at points in a more accessible direction than the preceding album. It's a solid Iron Maiden/Judas Priest-influenced effort, though some of the songs outlast their welcome a bit (World Church gets rather repetitive) and the second side unfortunately seems a bit thin. In fact, I have to wonder whether deadlines imposed by the label or some other disruption caused them to hurry this album, with the more polished and accomplished songs clustered together on side A and side B being thrown together quickly to make the product.

VICIOUS RUMORS Concussion Protocol

Album · 2016 · US Power Metal
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Concussion Protocol is the 12th studio album from US power metal act Vicious Rumors. Guitarist Geoff Thorpe and drummer Larry Howe are the mainstay of the band having been there since the start. Other than them it’s another complete line-up change with the addition of Nick Holleman, Thaen Rasmussen and Tilen Hudrap on vocals, guitar and bass respectively.

The line-up changes have made no difference to the sound and it’s another rock solid collection of US power metal in the vein of most Vicious Rumors albums with the usual mix of mid paced and flat out with lots of double kick drum patterns rockers. There’s no surprises as expected, just Vicious Rumors doing what they do well but as always the standard of playing is high and the quality of the songs whilst not matching their 1990 self-titled album is as good as anything they’ve released in the last 20 years. In fact for sheer consistency it’s one of the best as there’s not a duff track in sight though it’s the up tempo songs like Chemical Slaves, Chasing the Priest, 1000 Years and Every Blessing Is A Curse that pack the greatest punch. A powerful and clear production also helps enhance the songs to best effect too.

Vicious Rumors are the benchmark I measure all US power metal bands against and for me they’re still the best and if they keep releasing quality releases like Concussion Protocol they’ll keep the competition at bay for some time to come.

VICIOUS RUMORS Electric Punishment

Album · 2013 · US Power Metal
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Electric Punishment (2013) is the eleventh album by US power/heavy metal act Vicious Rumors. It is the second studio album from the group to feature the vocals of Brian Allen (after comeback album Razorback Killers (2011)) and follows hot on the heels of the live release LIVE You to Death (2012). Electric Punishment returns guitarist Thaen Rasmussen to the Vicious Rumors line-up, having last appeared on Warball (2006). The album features a cover of Strange Ways, originally by glam metal/hard rock act Kiss.

Vicious Rumors have a real classic and powerful metal sound which blends traditional heavy metal with the US style of power metal. Typically this is in the form of doing one or the other in each of the tracks although there is a couple which blends the two a lot more. They’re equally competent at both sort of sound but the USPM is most definitely their true forte. They have an aggressive near thrash approach to it that not even the harder edged (usually German) European power metal bands can manage. Brian Allen’s vocals work perfectly in this style, being just as aggressive as the guitars yet still retaining that crucial sense of melody that all power metal, European or US, has, and using this formula the band produces some real belters of tracks including Black X List and D Block. And yet they’re not afraid to show a softer side either, such as in the ballad Escape (From Hell). It should be noted that a ballad in terms of this album is still very heavy and aggressive, and turns back towards USPM about two thirds of the way through.

The more mid-paced heavy metal tracks are still pretty good but don’t stand out as highlights next to the USPM. I can understand the need for variation in a release like this, but I personally don’t doubt that if any band could pull an album off by just having the really aggressive numbers it would be Vicious Rumors. Out of the slower songs the title track is easily the best but nothing manages to stand out in quite the same way as the two tracks mentioned above or the opening I am the Gun or Thirst for a Kill near the end of the album. All of these are really addictive, pummelling songs and that’s what proper metal should be all about.

Vicious Rumors weren’t as such a new name to me when I was given a promo for their prior live album, but I hadn’t listened to them before. Intrigued, I checked out the live album and found I loved it, which definitely may me very excited for their next full-length and Electric Punishment most certainly delivers the goods. If fast and aggressive metal is your thing then you’ll no doubt love this one and an exceptional grade rating is deserved.


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more than 2 years ago
Vicious Rumors definitely are a US power metal band. Back in the day 'power metal' was used as a term referring to music which was a bit faster and heavier than traditional metal, but not quite as fast and heavy as thrash metal - this was before Euro power metal took over and smeared everything with cheese.
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more than 2 years ago
Are you really sure, that power metal is the main influence in their music?
more than 2 years ago
Yes, I absolutely love "Welcome to the Ball"
Nightfly wrote:
more than 2 years ago
These guys never got the attention they deserved - a truly great band!


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