VICIOUS RUMORS – Concussion Protocol

VICIOUS RUMORS - Concussion Protocol
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    VICIOUS RUMORS - Concussion Protocol - 9/10


Steamhammer / SPV
Release date: August 16, 2016

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8/10 (1 vote)

With Concussion Protocol, Metal veterans Vicious Rumors’ 12th studio album, the group has found the perfectly triangulated middle ground between Thrash, Power Metal, and the classic New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. A strong release for a band with an already strong back catalog, Concussion Protocol benefits immensely from the addition of new vocalist Nick Holleman, who’s Thrash-edged growl and banshee screams fit in perfectly with the band’s well-honed songwriting and production techniques. Aside from the fantastic execution, Concussion Protocol is Vicious Rumors’ first concept album and features lyrics about a post-asteroid strike resulting in a decimated society complete with religious fanatics, cannibalism and a world driven mad by starvation and violence. Perfect for bedtime listening!

Highlights include, “Concussion Protocol”, “Take It Or Leave It” and the adrenaline spiking “1000 years”.


  • Maxxxwell Carlisle

    Maxxxwell was a reviewer and the host of The Maxed Out Metal Hour here on Metal Express Radio. He is the current lead guitarist for LA based metal veterans Hellion. In addition to his ongoing role in Hellion, he has also released 5 albums as a solo artist and appeared as a guest writer and soloist on Michael Angelo Batio's Intermezzo album, named one of the Top 5 shred albums of 2014 by Guitar World Magazine. He continues to collaborate with various Metal musicians and teaches guitar technique and Metal composition via Skype. Additionally, he is a former competitive bodybuilder and enjoys a lifestyle based around health, fitness and Metal.

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