Vicious Rumors – Celebration decay

Vicious rumors

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On 26 August 2020
Last modified:26 August 2020


this band is an overlooked diamond that's definitely worth listening to

Vicious Rumors come from the Bay area, home to many of metal’s greats over the years, and have been around for a long time now having released their debut album in 1985. Despite that they’re nowhere near as well known as some of the other bands from the bay area at that time – Death Angel, Exodus and Metallica. Despite that, this is a band that you should be listening to as I don’t think they’ve ever released a bad album, and their latest release is no exception.

Over the years there have been plenty of lineup changes leaving only Geoff Thorpe from the original lineup, although having joined in 1985 drummer Larry Howe has been part of the band for most of it’s life. Although they’re described as power metal, there’s more of a thrash influence than is normal for a power metal band, and less emphasis on big catchy choruses.

Check out “Death eternal”…

The album kicks off with the title track and that really does a great job of telling you what to expect from the album with the guitar driven sound that’s full of power and sounds closer to thrash or metal rather than power metal. Nick Courtney does a great job on vocals.

Ignore the fact that this isnt the biggest selling band around – popularity doesnt always reflect quality, and this band is an overlooked diamond that’s definitely worth listening to.

“Celebration decay” is out now.

Track listing:

  1. Celebration decay
  2. Pulse of the dead
  3. Arrival of desolation
  4. Any last words
  5. ASylum of blood
  6. Darkness divine
  7. Long way home
  8. Cold blooded
  9. Death eternal
  10. Collision course disaster
  11. Masquerade of good intentions
this band is an overlooked diamond that's definitely worth listening to

About Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.