The members of the veteran San Francisco Bay Area metal band VICIOUS RUMORS were interviewed by Doug Troxell on October 21, 2006 at McLaren Park in San Francisco prior to their departure for their European tour. Interviewed were: Geoff Thorpe, Larry Howe, James Rivera, Thaen Rasmussen, and Stephen Goodwin. Watch the interview at YouTube.com.VICIOUS RUMORS released its new album, "Warball", in the U.S. late last month. The band 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. Released 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'."
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