With Concussion Protocol, Vicious Rumors prove yet again as pioneers of power metal, they remain driven to consistently innovate and forge new paths into ever-expanding musical territory. Known worldwide for their high energy shows and top quality musicianship Vicious Rumors is perhaps the most versatile band of the heavy metal genre.
Not simply a return to form, the production team of Juan Urteaga (Testament, Exodus, Heathen, Machine Head) and band leader Geoff Thorpe have been solidifying their working relationship for the past ten years, and have deftly zeroed in on the new strengths of a fully re-vitalized band - that now features the amazing Nick Holleman on vocals, Tilen Hudrap on bass and Thaen Rasmussen on guitar alongside veteran guitarist Thorpe and drummer Larry Howe as well as guest appearances by some long time Vicious Rumors friends: guitarists Steve Smyth (Testament, Nevermore, Forbidden) and Brad Gillis (Ozzy Osbourne, Night Ranger).
Concussion Protocol simultaneously explodes out of the gate with the passion and fire of a newly galvanized band - and the maturity in writing and performances that can only come from the most seasoned metal outfits. The songs run the gamut: the melodic power of "Take It Or Leave It," the brutality of "1000 Years," and the haunting "Circle Of Secrets" will take you on a sonic roller coaster ride of pure, unadulterated, cutting-edge metal adventure - and demonstrates yet again - Vicious Rumors places no limits on their creative inspirations.
Of course, true to form - there`s the shredding guitar solos, melodic and powerful vocals, double bass drum thunder, bass guitar madness, and the thought provoking songs that are all part of the historical band sound - yet somehow, amazingly - Vicious Rumors still expertly traverses both known and yet unknown metal territory.