Vicious Rumors
Razorback Killers
Style: Power Metal
Release date: 28 March, 2011
Playing time: 51:09

US power metal titans Vicious Rumors have made a name for themselves by sticking to their trademark sound for over 30 years. Their tenth full-length release, Razorback Killers, has all the ingredients which they are known for; infectious hooks, memorable choruses, twin lead harmonies, trade-off solos, thunderous double bass drumming and kick ass vocals.

Founder/guitarist Geoff Thorpe has bravely steered the VR ship since 1979, and he’s still determined to keep the metal machine rolling.

After stepping away from their signature sound just a bit in the ’90s, they stormed back with 2006's Warball with vocalist James Rivera (Helstar, Destiny’s End, Seven Witches, Killing Machine). It reconnected the band to the key elements of Vicious Rumors’ classic sound.

On Razorback Killers, the band has recruited Malice throat man Brian Allen. He's a perfect fit, too. His melodic harmonies, gruff and falsetto vocals go well with the classic VR sound. The album also features guest guitarists Mark McGee (former member), Brad Gillis (Nightranger) and Eric Peterson (Testament).

“Murderball” gets things off to a ripping start. Fast-paced razor sharp riffs, layered vocal harmonies and precision twin lead guitar melodies let you know that Vicious Rumors aren’t playing around. “Black” and the title track are pure adrenaline rushes. "Blood Stained Sunday" is a crushing track which pays tribute to the fallen brothers of heavy metal (Ronnie James Dio, Carl Albert R.I.P.). Check out the fantastic dive bomb solo toward the end of the song.

Razorback Killers is fast and furious from start to finish. You just can’t go wrong with any Vicious Rumors release. Die hard fans are already aware of VR‘s potential for ripping your face off. But if you’re just now discovering the band, then Razorback Killers is not a bad start. However, I do recommend you seek out their back catalog and snatch up as many releases as you can afford to buy.


01. Murderball
02. Black
03. Razorback Blade
04. Blood Stained Sunday
05. Pearl of Wisdom
06. All I Want Is You
07. Axe to Grind
08. Let the Garden Burn
09. Rite of Devastation
10. Deal With the Devil

Label: SPV/Steamhammer
Distribution: Playground Music (Scandinavia)
Reviewed by: Kelley Simms
Date: 18 March, 2011