Vicious Rumors formed in the late 1970’s in San Francisco, CA. Throughout their almost 40 year history, they have released 16 studio albums and have played with a who’s who of heavy metal. Their latest album is Concussion Protocol, and it was released on SPV / Steamhammer records in 2016. After their current tour, the band is planning on entering the studio to record a new album.
Vicious Rumors is made up of Geoff Thorpe (guitars, vocals), Larry Howe (drums, vocals), Gunnar DüGrey (guitars), Brian Allen (lead vocals) and Joe Spencer (bass). They wasted zero time from the first note until the last, playing hard, fast and loud. Opening with “Worlds and Machines” and then jumping into “Digital Dictator,” the band showed that they have no intentions of mellowing out.
Surprisingly, most of the evening’s material was focused on some of their earlier material, mainly off of the albums Digital Dictator, Vicious Rumors and Welcome to the Ball. The band played many fan favorites – “Lady Took a Chance,” “Dust to Dust,” “Murderball,” and “Soldiers of the Night.” It was awesome to see fans young and old getting into the music and singing the chorus to each of the songs.
Supporting Vicious Rumors during the PNW dates are Chronological Injustice, who are based out of Portland. Chronological Injustice bring the heavy, and they play a seriously heavy extended range style of metal that somehow fit really well on the bill. Chronological Injustice has a strong following, and their fans showed up en masse to the show, providing a decent sized mosh pit during the bands set.
In all, it was a great night of seriously heavy music by some incredibly awesome bands.
Vicious Rumors Set List:
Worlds and Machines
Minute to Kill
Lady Took a Chance
Out of the Shadows
Dust to Dust
Let the Garden Burn
Down to the Temple
Soldiers of the Night
Don’t Wait for Me