VICIOUS RUMORS Begin Tour Without Singer

VICIOUS RUMORS began a massive European tour last week. However, we just found out singer Brian Allen will not be able to tour during the month of May due to sudden family matters. We wish Brian all the best during this time. Brian will return to VICIOUS RUMORS for the summer European tour July/Aug 2013 and The Metal Masters Tour featuring Vicious Rumors/Leatherwolf/Seven Witches from Sept 18 to Oct 25. With everything in place for May’s tour the show must go on.


Former VICIOUS RUMORS singer and Helstar main man James Rivera will fill in for Brian Allen during the month of May/June in Europe.

“James is part of the VR family and were so proud to have him join us at this hard time” – Geoff Thorpe

“Don’t miss this special line up of VR on the Electric Punishment Tour all over Europe. We want to thank all our partners, agents, promoters and fans in advance. The only bad tour is the one you don’t do !! See you at the shows for night after night of unforgettable Heavy Metal.”

VICIOUS RUMORS released their first video from their new studio album Electric Punishment. The video for the song I Am The Gun was filmed and produced by Mike Sloat.

Electric Punishment is out now in Germany and Europe through SPV/Steamhammer and will be released in US/Canada on May 7. It will be available as a jewel case version, double gatefold colored vinyl and download.



03.05. E-Oviedo – Sala Tribeca
04.05. E-Madrid – Pounding Metal Festival
05.05. E-Barcelona – Boveda
07.05. D-Osnabrück – Bastard Club
08.05. D-Hamburg – Bambi Galore
09.05. D-Koblenz – Florinsmarkt
10.05. D-Duisburg – Glückaufhalle
11.05. I-Milan – Metalitalia Festival
12.05. D-Obermarchtal – Kreuz
14.05. D-Berlin – K17
15.05. D-Gifhorn – In Live
16.05. D-Siegen – Vortex
17.05. D-Weiher – Live Music Hall
18.05. CZ-Ostrava – Barrak Music Club
19.05. A-Vienna – Escape Metal Corner
20.05. HU-Budapest – Club 202
22.05. D-Munich – Garage
23.05. D-Uelsen – UJT
24.05. NL-Kerkrade – The Rock Temple
25.05. NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg
26.05. NL-Tilburg – Little Devil
28.05. D-Kassel – K19
29.05. D-Bremen – Meisenfrei
30.05. CH-Uster – Starclub
31.05. F-Bartenheim – Palace Loisirs
01.06. A-Dornbirn – Schlachthaus
26.07. D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air
27.07. NL-Steenwijk – Stonehenge Festival
03.08. D-Hameln – K3
10.08. B-Deinze – Alcatraz Festival

21.09. US-Indianapolis,IN – Metal Fest
23.09. US-St.Paul,MN – Station 4
24.09. US-Detroit,MI – iRock
28.09. US-Rochester, NY – The Montage
30.09. US-Poughkeepsie,NY – The Chance Theater
01.10. US-Manhatten.NY – Webster Hall
03.10. US-Philadelphia,PA – Voltage Lounge
05.10. US-Spartanburg,SC – Ground Zero
10.10. US-Dallas,TX – The Boiler Room
12.10. US-Arvada,CO – Jammin Joes

SANKTUARY To Release New Album In July


Power thrashers Sanktuary are proud to announce they will be unleashing their debut album Something Fierce on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 via Canadian metal label Spread The Metal Records.

Bassist Cole Hume comments:

“This journey has been quite the experience and we are incredibly stoked to unleash Something Fierce to the masses. So crack a cold one, strap on some clean undies and grab an umbrella ’cause this shit storm’s coming soon to a record store near you.”

Spawning from high school friendship and growing into something much more epic, Sanktuary kicked things off with two back-to-back EPs – 2009′s self-titled release and 2010′s Black Magic Brew – and soon followed that up with a massive move from Whitehorse, Yukon to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

After touring the country following their epic relocation and being faced with a major blow in Toronto that saw their van and nearly all their gear get stolen, Sanktuary turned things around with a third EP in 2011, Tundrastruck (a 3 way split with Black Moor and Metallian), followed by them signing to Spread the Metal Records, which sent them all the way back to Whitehorse to record Something Fierce.

“Sanktuary was one of the very first bands that I looked at for my label, Spread the Metal Records. They’ve been with me from the beginning and I believe in them so strongly that I’ve never let them go. The way that they’ve matured on this record is nothing short of astonishing” – Matthew Day of STM

Video message from Sanktuary on signing to STM

Live Video


1. Deadly Prey
2. Heat Lightning
3. Hail The Villain
4. Thrill Of The Kill
5. Screeching For Vengeance
6. Fire In The Sky
7. Beyond The Wall
8. Midnite Mass

For more info on Sanktuary, please visit these following links.

LAMB OF GOD Preparing For May/June Dates

With the exoneration of front man Randy Blythe from all charges in the Czech Republic, LAMB OF GOD announced a tour of secondary markets May 16 through June 20. The tour continues in support of the album Resolution. Support on all dates will be Decapitated with Terror appearing through June 10 and The Acacia Strain appearing on the remaining shows.

The band will also be hosting the Metal on the Mountain retreat July 15 through 19 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. The weeklong event, which is limited to 170 fans, will feature activities aimed at musicians and non musicians alike. The curriculum, created by the band, will include guitar and drum clinics with Mark Morton, Willie Adler, and Chris Adler as well as group instruction, songwriting sessions and competitions, nightly jam sessions with the band and fans, band Q & A, the premiere of the LAMB OF GOD feature film scheduled for a fall theatrical release, and a full band concert the final night of the retreat.

Long time band album designer Ken Adams will discuss the creation of LAMB OF GOD album and t-shirt designs and band tour manager and sound man Brian Griffin will instruct fans on the art of mixing a live metal show. Non-musical activities will include motorcycle excursions with bassist John Campbell, a seminar on primitive fire building by Randy Blythe, and a casino night. Also, all of the fans will enjoy all of the amenities available at the Full Moon Resort. For more information on the Metal on the Mountain retreat, go to

Thu/May-16 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Fri/May-17 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
Sat/May-18 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
Sun/May-19 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range
Mon/May-20 Columbia, MO Blue Note
Tue/May-21 OFF
Wed/May-22 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
Thu/May-23 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
Fri/May-24 Boise, ID Revolution Center
Sat/May-25 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
Sun/May-26 Ventura, CA Ventura Theater
Mon/May-27 OFF / Memorial Day
Tue/May-28 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater
Wed/May-29 Anaheim, CA The Grove
Thu/May-30 OFF
Fri/May-31 Chico, CA Senator Theater
Sat/Jun-01 Portland, OR Roseland Ballroom
Sun/Jun-02 Kennewick, WA Toyota Ice Arena
Mon/Jun-03 Missoula, MT Wilma Theater
Tue/Jun-04 Billings, MT Shrine Auditorium
Wed/Jun-05 OFF
Thu/Jun-06 Fargo, ND The Venue
Fri/Jun-07 Madison, WI Orpheum Theater
Sat/Jun-08 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theater
Sun/Jun-09 Wichita, KS The Cotillion
Mon/Jun-10 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
Tue/Jun-11 OFF
Wed/Jun-12 Ft. Wayne, IN Pierre’s
Thu/Jun-13 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
Fri/Jun-14 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
Sat/Jun-15 Montebello, QC Montebello Marina / D-Tox Fest
Sun/Jun-16 Portland, ME State Theater
Mon/Jun-17 OFF
Tue/Jun-18 Worcester, MA Palladium Ballroom
Wed/Jun-19 Baltimore, MD Rams Head
Thu/Jun-20 Norfolk, VA The Norva


PRONG European Summer Tour Dates

New York Metallers PRONG will be heading over to Europe this summer, playing a handful of festival dates as well as a string of headline dates. The tour is scheduled to kick off June 23 in Clisson, France at Hellfest and will run through July 14 in Serbia at Exit Fest.

PRONG are touring in support of their latest release Carved into Stone was released in 2012 on Long Branch Records. The album which is quintessentially PRONG, stretches into the band’s earliest and dirtiest foundations on which the band was founded on to the present as a staple of today’s post-metal and rock scenes.

Carved Into Stone can be ordered from Amazon HERE. Be sure to check out the deluxe iTunes edition which features an exclusive bonus track which is a cover of the Rammstein track Feuer Frei.

PRONG’s video for Revenge…Best Served Cold can be streamed HERE.

Visit the PRONG online merch store HERE.

PRONG European Tour:
6/23: Clisson, France @ Hellfest*
6/25: Luzern, Switzerland @ Schüür
6/26: Freiburg, Germany @ Café Atlantik
6/27: Manheim, Germany @ Alte Seilerei
6/28: Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting*
6/29: Dordrecht, Holland @ Bibelot
6/30: Münster, Germany @ Sputnikhalle
7/12: Zlin, Czechoslovakia @ Masters of Rock*
7/14: Novi Sad, Serbia @ Exit Fest*

*Denotes Festival Appearance*

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