Balls to the Wall
It's been a while since San Francisco act VICIOUS RUMORS launched an album. About a year to be precise. Their latest release for Atlantic Records is the weighty Welcome to the Ball, a pretty sound spine-breaking statement of intent to take the five piece thundering in the 1990s.
Trivia fans might like to know that it's got precisely sod all to do with an album of the same name by venerated fellow Frisco resident Grace Slick.
I must confess that I expected to find guitarist Geoff Thorpe was just another Californian dude, whose band got lucky. It bloody well serves me right for being quick to pre-judge people. He, along with fellow guitarist Mark McGee, bass player David Starr, drummer Larry Howe, and vocalist Carl Albert, have produced a polished re-interpretation of heavy metal with this album. They've been tagged as 'a thinking man's metal band.' Were Geoff and the band happy with that tag?