Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metal band VICIOUS RUMORS will play three shows in California in late October prior to its European tour with BEYOND FEAR and COURAGEOUS (which runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 19). The dates are as follows (venue details to follow):Oct. 20 - San Francisco, CA @ TBA
Oct. 25 - Santa Rosa, CA @ TBA
Oct. 26 - Alameda, CA @ TBA As previously reported, VICIOUS RUMORS has confirmed two headlining shows in Tokyo, Japan, which will take place in early March. More information will be made available soon. VICIOUS RUMORS will release its new album, "Warball", in the U.S. on October 24. The band has also signed a new deal for the Asian territory with Avalon/Marquee, who will issue the new CD on October 21. A Japanese tour will follow. Two short samples from "Warball" — "Sonic Rebellion" and "Mr. Miracle" — are available at the band's official web site. Due in Europe on October 8 via Mascot Records, "Warball" was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA by Geoff Thorpe and Juan J. Orteaga and includes lead-guitar contributions from Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER) and Thaen Rassmussen (ANVIL CHORUS). The group's first CD with new vocalist James Rivera (HELSTAR, KILLING MACHINE, SEVEN WITCHES) is being described as "a darker and more aggressive version" of the band's classic "Digital Dictator" album (1987). "Warball" is the first VICIOUS RUMORS album with Geoff Thorpe doing all rhythm and acoustic guitars and most of the solos. "In the past I've always split the guitar duties up with our other guitarist," he said. "As I rebuilt the band, I decided to knock it out myself. I always planned to have some special guests on the record, and it turned out great." For the "Warball" CD, Geoff Thorpe reunites with original members Larry Howe (drums and vocals), and Dave Starr (bass). "It felt great to have the original nucleus together again," Geoff said. "Larry and Dave are a tight-knit veteran rhythm section that really stepped up on this new CD. The years of working together definitely helped create the metal mayhem of 'Warball'."