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Vicious Rumors
Electric Punishment
June 2013
Released: 2013, Steamhammer Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

The 2010 addition of new vocalist Brian Allen seems to have had a rejuvenating effect on the venerable American metal institution that is Vicious Rumors. Indeed, they’ve been busier than ever with tours, a live album, and now their second studio full-length release. It’s such a good news story because the band had been somewhat rudderless since the untimely passing of their “classic years” vocalist Carl Albert. Aside from leader Geoff Thorpe, the lineup has been mostly unstable, and a parade of quality vocalists, including James Rivera have come and gone. All of that changed with the excellent RAZORBACK KILLERS album in 2010, and the band has been picking up steam ever since, especially in Europe.

I admit that last year’s LIVE YOU TO DEATH release was my first exposure to Vicious Rumors in many years and I was impressed by how vital the band sounded, and how good Brian Allen was. ELECTRIC PUNISHMENT picks up right where that release left off; offering up another 10 tracks of vigorous ‘80s styled metal (what used to be power metal way back then). Brian Allen fits this style like a glove with his vaguely Ripper Owens-ish style really tearing into songs like the title track and personal favorite “Dime Store Prophet”. While “Escape (From Hell)” slows things down to a brooding, almost doomy tempo, and “Together We Unite” is a boozy hard rocker, most of the rest is the A-grade speedy traditional metal that this band is known for. Just for fun, the band includes a cover of Kiss’ “Strange Ways”, which is done well, but feels unnecessary.

Even so, ELECTRIC PUNISHMENT is another excellent album from Geoff Thorpe and co. Even in their darkest days, Vicious Rumors has never disappointed and this album is another testament to their perseverance.
Track Listing

1. I Am the Gun
2. Black X List
3. Electric Punishment
4. D-Block
5. Escape (From Hell)
6. Dime Store Prophet
7. Together We Unite
8. Eternally
9. Thirst for a Kill
10. Strange Ways


Brian Allen: Vocals
Geoff Thorpe: Guitar, Vocals
Thaen Rasmussen: Guitar
Stephen Goodwin: Bass
Larry Howe: Drums



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