San Francisco Bay Area Veteran metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have tapped 21-year-old Dutch singer Nick Holleman (POWERIZED) to handle lead vocals on their current U.S. tour with SEVEN WITCHES. Holleman replaces the most recent VICIOUS RUMORS singer Brian Allen, who missed this past spring's European tour due to what was described by the band in an April 2013 statement as "sudden family matters."A photo of Nick Holleman performing with VICIOUS RUMORS can be seen above (picture courtesy of SEVEN WITCHES' official Facebook page). VICIOUS RUMORS' new album, "Electric Punishment", was released on April 29 in Europe and May 7 in U.S./Canada via Steamhammer/SPV. Guitarist Geoff Thorpe, Brian Allen, bassist Stephen Goodwin and drummer Larry Howe were supported during the new CD recording sessions 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 said: "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."
VICIOUS RUMORS released a live album, "Live You To Death", on November 27, 2012 through SPV/Steamhammer. The CD was recorded by Pontus Norgren of HAMMERFALL, mixed by Juan Urteaga and produced by VICIOUS RUMORS guitarist Geoff Thorpe.