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Accept Releases Second Trailer For The Rise Of Chaos

Heavy metal pioneers ACCEPT are back in the game with a new studio album! The record entitled The Rise Of Chaos will be unleashed on August 4th, 2017. The band’s 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast will continue the tradition of its three predecessors – Blood Of The Nations, Stalingrad, and Blind Rage – with grandeur and precision.

Today, the band releases their second album trailer in which Wolf Hoffmann unveils more details about the album including info on the recordings, the sound, and processes that went into those aspects of making their new record. You can watch it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdL905-EAIQ

“The sound is always a combination of several different elements, it’s not just the sound engineer who turns it up. Also, the band has a certain sound; the riffs have a certain sound and the combination of all that turns into ACCEPT!”, explains Wolf Hoffmann. “My goal is to get better at what we are already doing without becoming any different because we have found our style, we’ve got a great singer, we’ve got a great producer, we’ve got a great team – there’s really no need to change anything!”

You can purchase the limited edition 7inch vinyl single of the title track ‘The Rise Of Chaos’ in different colors here: http://nblast.de/AcceptRiseOfChaosNB
Get the digital single, here: http://nblast.de/AcceptDigital
Listen in NB Novelties playlist: http://sptfy.com/2zZF

Vinyl single track list:
A: The Rise Of Chaos
B: Dark Side Of My Heart (live @ BYH 2015)

Watch the new video clip of “The Rise Of Chaos” here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFqFYHFNeCc

THE RISE OF CHAOS is something I have been thinking about often. Wherever we go – there is some hidden as well as some visible destruction and it kind of changes the world we know. What was there today – can be gone tomorrow and it’s somehow irritating because it happens on so many levels and no one knows what comes next. The cover portrays our last stage set-up – but now clearly “destroyed” – like… after a catastrophe”, explains Wolf Hoffmann.

Recently, an ACCEPT media day took place in Hamburg on June 13th. This day, there was a press conference featuring Wolf Hoffmann and Holger Hübner, the “Wacken” festival organizer, both looking ahead to ACCEPT’s exclusive upcoming “Wacken” performance. [More info on ACCEPT’s Special Wacken Show – below.] To wrap up the day, Wolf signed the infamous ‘Golden Book’ which belongs to the Hard Rock café in Hamburg. That day, they also shot the first album trailer, which you can see here: https://youtu.be/9oi4_VIeDY0

The Rise Of Chaos is available in the following formats:

  • CD Jewel
  • Orange/Blue Swirl Vinyl (Limited to 700 worldwide)
  • T-shirt bundle ( T-shirt + CD + Poster)

Pre-order the new album: http://nblast.de/AcceptRiseOfChaosNB
Get the digital version of the new album, here: http://nblast.de/AcceptDigital

Below is the track list for The Rise Of Chaos:
01. Die By The Sword
02. Hole In The Head
03. The Rise Of Chaos
04. Koolaid
05. No Regrets
06. Analog Man
07. What’s Done Is Done
08. Worlds Colliding
09. Carry The Weight
10. Race To Extinction

The cover artwork of the new record was created by the Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák.

And if this wasn’t enough, ACCEPT will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts, which represents the band’s creative power:

Part 1 will bring fans a classic ACCEPT set, packed with new and old hits.
Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album Headbangers Symphony, released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a metal guise. And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: ACCEPT will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.

This unique concert experience will take place on this year’s Night To Remember which makes it even more special. The Night To Remember is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition; for one night of the festival, a selection of established bands will do something unique and special with their performance.

Wolf Hoffmann stated: “It’s always impressive to see how bands take this evening seriously and how much love the artists and the organist team put into their work to get a varied result. It’s a great tradition which underlines and documents the top-notch level of the international rock community like nothing else. We also want to present something that ACCEPT has never done before, we hope we can give something really special to the fans.”

ACCEPT have been and are still a very important part of Germany’s heavy metal scene. We’re really looking forward to having them with us once more. With this epic concept, the Thursday evening will be one to remember for sure,” stated Thomas Jensen, organizer of Wacken Open Air.

More info: www.wacken.com

ACCEPT live 2017:
08/03/2017  Wacken Open Air *SOLD OUT*
09/07/2017    Saban Theatre – Beverly Hills, CA  USA
09/10/2017  Drum Logos – Fukuoka, JAPAN
09/12/2017  Umeda Club Quattro – Osaka, JAPAN
09/13/2017  Bottom Line – Nagoya, JAPAN
09/14/2017  Nakano Sun Plaza Hall – Tokyo, JAPAN
09/17/2017  170 Russell – Melbourne, Australia
09/26/2017  Irving Plaza – New York, NY
11/17/2017  El Teatro Flores – Buenos Aires, Argentina
11/19/2017  Sala del Museo – Montevideo, Uruguay
11/21/2017  Teatro Cariola – Santiago, Chile
11/23/2017  Sala Garcia Lorca de la Manzana de la Rivera – Asuncion, Paraguay
11/25/2017  Festival del Diablo III –  Bogata, Columbia
11/27/2017  Peppers – San Jose, Costa Rica

More on The Rise Of Chaos:
Video Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-rQQzRp2Z0
Video Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3LA3HW9K8c
Video Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYpzKZzOrfA
Video Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsSnu2OWE8Q

Accept’s New Album The Rise Against Chaos Out On August 4th

ACCEPT

OUT: August 4th, 2017

 

Line up: ACCEPT online:
Wolf Hoffmann | guitars

Peter Baltes | bass

Mark Tornillo | vocals

Uwe Lulis | guitars

Christopher Williams | drums

www.acceptworldwide.com

www.facebook.com/accepttheband

www.nuclearblast.de/accept

Teutonic metallers ACCEPT could already claim big worldwide success with »Blood Of The Nations« and Stalingrad, but with Blind Rage, they reached the pinnacle of their career in the form of the pole position, a #1 album. Besides, #1 in Germany, ACCEPT also hit #1 in Finland as well as several top 10 positions; Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and last but not least the US. After releasing a string of metal classics in the 80s such as Breaker (1981), Balls To The Wall (1983) and Metal Heart (1985), which made them iconic, the band with Wolf Hoffmann and Peter Baltes still haven’t peaked, especially if you glance across their touring schedule; ACCEPT have headlined Woodstock Festival Poland, Wacken Open Air, Czech Masters Of Rock Festival and Bang Your Head!!! Festival, Germany – amongst countless other performances over the last few years. Their Bang Your Head!!! The performance was also filmed and released in the form of a live DVD/Blu-ray+2CD package titled Restless And Live (2017), reminiscent of their classic Restless And Wild (1982). With this DVD in the fans’ hands, ACCEPT could cement their previous success from Blind Rage by hitting #1 on the Swedish and German DVD charts amongst others.

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But that’s enough nostalgia – back to the present, back to 2017! After the DVD above’s unleashing and an almost 3-month European tour, ACCEPT speed around the corner with their new album »The Rise Of Chaos« which will cement their status as genre leaders once again. Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann comments on the album title, “The Rise Of Chaos is something I have been thinking about often. It describes a condition which is slowly spreading around the world. With the stage setup on our latest European tour, we wanted to portray rather dystopian and destroyed scenery. If you now take a look at our new cover, it’s the same imagery. This time however you can also spot the invisible destruction that we feel more and more in these times, as well as the visible destruction.”

ACCEPT continue along the path they started with their three previous records, which is why the band has recorded their 4th studio album since 2010 once again with Andy Sneap. The exceptionally detailed artwork was created by Gyula Havancsák. “Previously our cover artworks had been simple and focussed on one message. But this time, we wanted to make it more interesting by using an atmospheric picture where you can find a lot of hidden details, but also with a clear and thoughtful statement present,” adds Wolf.

The band delivers more than just a musical statement with The Rise Of Chaos, in this case it’s a clear announcement (!) – with the straightforward opening track ‘Die By The Sword’: Galloping drums, lightning guitars and ACCEPT’s trademark choir instantly silence any doubt as to whether they’re still the top dog when it comes to top-notch Teutonic metal. Second track ‘Hole In The Head’ leaves no time to breathe, before the title track kick-starts and tries to pummel its way through the listener’s ear canal. This song may evoke a sense of familiarity within listeners because it was previously released with an impressive music video. After consuming the upcoming ‘Koolaid’ shake, ‘No Regrets’ keeps heads banging with its speedy guitar solos, which concludes the 1st half of the record. ‘Analog Man’ rings in the 2nd part, telling the story of the world increasing digitization: It’s haunting (pre) chorus should undoubtedly confirm its place in forthcoming ACCEPT set lists. Track number 8, ‘Worlds Colliding,’ marks the album’s most thoughtful song, swiftly followed by the fastest banger of The Rise Of Chaos, ‘Carry The Weight.’ After 45 minutes, the closer, ‘Race To Extinction,’ lets the record fade out fittingly.

The songs from The Rise Of CChaos will be performed for the very first time at Wacken Open Air 2017’s Night To Remember. Besides new ACCEPT tracks, Wolf Hoffmann will also bring his latest solo album titled Headbangers Symphony (2016), which showcases famous pieces by classical composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi and Mozart (specially arranged for the metal world) on the stage for the first time ever; he will be supported by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The last and concluding third part of this once in a lifetime evening will be fulfilled with a classic ACCEPT set alongside the orchestra.

Wolf Hoffmann states, “It’s always impressive to see how bands take this evening seriously and how much love the artists and the organizing team put into their work to get a varied result. It’s a great tradition which underlines and documents the top-notch level of the international rock community like nothing else. We also want to present something that ACCEPT has never done before; we hope we can give something special to the fans.”

“ACCEPT have been and are still a very important part of Germany’s heavy metal scene. We’re looking forward to having them with us once more. With this epic concept, the Thursday evening will be one to remember for sure,” closes Thomas Jensen, organizer of Wacken Open Air.

AFM Records to Reissue Accept’s First Four Records as Digipacks

Talking late 70’s/early 80’s heavy metal classic albums, the first four Accept longplayers have a special significance. What started
very promising with the self-titled debut (1979) and “I’m A Rebel” (1980), went to full fruition on 1981’s stunning “Breaker” record
and its amazing follow-up, “Restless And Wild” (1982). These milestones also paved the way for the tremendous success that
Accept should achieve with their Gold-certified “Balls To The Wall” and “Metal Heart” later on. Now the first four Accept albums will
be reissued as exclusive Digipak editions (in fact available for the first time EVER as Digipaks!), three of them including previously
unreleased Live bonus tracks recorded on singer Udo Dirkschneider’s latest tour (which took place under the banner
“Dirkschneider”). The only exception being the “Accept” album which comes with an audio-recorded interview of Udo
Dirkschneider as bonus, in which “Mr. German Metal” tells the story of Accept’s early days and the band’s foundation. Again: This

is metal history – so these classics definitely deserve the “Platinum Edition” upgrade!

The first four legendary ACCEPT studio albums available for the first time as exclusive Digipak editions!
These “Platinum Editions” come with exclusive bonus material (“I’m A Rebel”, “Breaker” and “Restless And Wild” include
previously unreleased Live tracks recorded on the latest “Dirkschneider” tour, while “Accept” includes an audio-recorded
interview with Udo Dirkschneider (about the foundation of Accept and the band’s early days)
These milestones of Teutonic heavy metal (especially “Breaker and “Restless And Wild”) are hailed as timeless classics and
some of the genre’s brightest hours
Even today, Accept’s legacy is as strong as ever, the band still active and (even in new line-up) very successful
The “Platinum Editions” give the countless Accept fans a chance to complete their collections with the best versions available

on the market

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Review and Interview: Herman Frank’s The Devil Rides In

By Andrew Catania

Herman Frank, a heavy metal guitarist from Germany has previously earned recognition as the guitarist for the band Accept which played a monumental role in the development of Speed and thrash metal. Although Frank’s career boomed with Accept after joining the band in 1982, he continued to thrive as a musician by expanding his horizons and techniques.

Herman stretched his experience to record with Hazzard, Sinner, Saeko and numerous other artists and bands. On November 18th, 2016, the former Accept member released a new solo album ‘The Devil Rides Out’ on AFM Records.

While listening to the album, I realized that this album is a definite deviation from his tried and tested methods in the previous two solo albums he has released.  I can’t help but wonder if “The Devil Rides Out” is meant to be a personal testament to his musical career.

The music is energetic and guaranteed to induce a testosterone-induced desire for adventure. You’ll definitely want to hit the road or a bottle of whiskey. It’s experimental and most of all, influenced by elements from his entire musical career. It’s an accumulation of the classical Accept techniques, blended in with the traditional headbanging of the 80’s and ceaselessly transforms into modern musical techniques inspired by recently studied musical techniques and aims to engage the modern generation that has lost touch with the good old days of hard metal.  Herman’s writing skills were merely ignored while he was in Accept.  The Devil Rides In proves that Herman cannot only right, he can put together some kick ass music.

Overall, I was compelled to give the album a 8 out of 10 stars and moreover, I couldn’t help but reach out to Herman to gain first-hand access to the legend himself who has continued to transform the heavy metal music industry since the 1980’s. Luckily, he obliged and spoke to me briefly in a rare insight into the musical aspirations of the man who brought us “The Devil Rides Out.”

What took you four years to release The Devil Rides Out after the release of Right in the Guts in 2012?

Well, the second solo album I realized was quite successful and I wanted to release a third. However, back in January, I decided to wait before I released the third album because I wanted to give justice to my ideas. If I had released it in a hurry, I wouldn’t have been able to deviate from my traditional style and I wanted this opportunity to be a testament to our years of experience in the music industry. The Devil Rides Out was only going to be released once and there was no way I was about to butcher it just to release another solo because it was expected. This album needed justice and that’s what we did with it.

Me: How did you all come together for The Devil Rides Out and how was the album written?

So I decided to bring together people I’ve previously had the privilege of working with or listening to and whom I believed would be able to create the perfect album keeping in mind the new styles I wanted to try. Rick had worked with Masterplan and I had worked with Accept and Rick also agreed to discuss some ideas. Rick and I locked ourselves in for two weeks and came up with some songs and he sang them. We recorded a few and realized they were better than we had ever imagined them to be. Those were two of the most grueling, inspiring weeks we spent together. All we needed was a drummer and bassist and once we settled in the direction we were planning to head in, we immediately contacted André. I was in touch with André and he fell in love with the musical concept and immediately came on board. There was Rick and he brought Mühli on board and we realized our band was complete.

 That’s quite a story. I felt a shiver go down my spine as you spoke. The passion is incredible. Now, let’s move on to cover more on your journey as a musician. I have thousands of readers that are inspired to follow your journey and become musicians themselves. They would love to know how you differ from your work in accept as compared to the work you do on your solo albums.  

That’s an interesting question because I’ve personally reflected on how much I’ve changed as an artist over the years. Accept was great, they gave me the leg up, dedication and commitment I needed to succeed in this career. My writing skills were mostly ignored as Wolf wanted to do all of the writing.  A lot of young musicians believe that to succeed, all they need is one solo viral record on iTunes or whatever. However, that’s incredibly hard to achieve. I urge them all to join a band because a band is like your family. When I was in Accept, there were days I was too tired and feared that we would fail and my teammates would force me to try over and over again. Everyone had those days and we were all accountable to one another. The music had to be collaboration and filled with mutual understanding and compromises. We had deadlines and had to meet them. With Accept, I guess I was more of a systematic musician. It was a community where you thought of yourself last.

 

 

Check Herman out at http://www.hermanfrank.com/

 

 

Interview with Geoff Thorpe from Vicious Rumors

By Andrew Catania

Vicious Rumors came out at the same time as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Exodus.  Vicious Rumors are known for killer guitar riffs and head banging music.  It’s been 37 years since Geoff Thorpe formed his iconic brand.  I recently caught up with Geoff to discuss Concussion Protocol and other happenings of Vicious Rumors.

Man last time I saw you were in Windsor, Connecticut at a dive bar in 1990.  I was disc jockeying at a college radio station in Hartford, Connecticut.  McGee was with you guys, and all of us got on your tour bus and went to see Total Recall.

Yeah Man! Well, when you mentioned that about going to the movies in the tour bus, you know, I remember that because we’ve never done that before, just taking a bunch of fans, jumped on our bus and went and did something on our off day, so yes, I completely remembered it.  Also, it was hilarious; you were like how did you remember that? My God!

I know 26 years, like five albums for you guys.

Yeah, Incredible man!

Are you touring in Europe?
Yes! We’re not on tour right now, but we’re doing a big tour with Dirkschneider.

Yes, I saw that! Is he done with Accept?

Yes, he is doing a tribute to Accept where I think he just sees how popular Accept is and so he’s cashing in on it and it’s working.  When he does the Dirkschneider thing, he plays to packed houses, and so it’s a big tour for us. We’re kind of excited about it.

Good! That will lead me to my first question for you. You guys are trendy in Europe.  You guys are playing festivals 40,000, 50,000, 60,000 people and your counterparts, I mean everybody Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, everybody goes over there, seems like they’re making more money than they are in the States.  Do you think the market is pretty much dried up here in the states for metal?  Could you come back and play a thousand seat clubs? Then you guys go over for the Wacken Festival or whichever festival you guys are at —

Well you know, I don’t think that it’s ‘dried up’ but there’s just, I say the difference between the European audience and the American audience is that you know trends come and go and the European audience tends to, they might embrace something new but just because they embrace something new they don’t reject stuff that they liked before, and I think that the American audience like fads come and things change, and then all of a sudden people might think like, I mean I’m not like you know I’m just thinking out loud what is the possible reason for that? I just feel that European audiences are more open to still loving what they used to love and then embracing new bands that were sometimes American audiences tend to go with new fads and just move on from what they used to do to something new.  I don’t know man, you know the bottom line is there are great metal fans all around the world but there’s definitely something special that goes on here in Europe, and we were lucky enough to start in the 80’s and we were embraced here by the fans here and so you know we just went where the opportunities were, and we’re just really thankful that we have this incredible European fan base here and I always love being in Europe.  I love the people.  I love the way that they can get together in large numbers and they know how to behave you know.  People aren’t getting robbed or beat up or vandalized.  You know they get together, somebody falls, and someone gets picked up. You understand me?  They don’t get trampled on.  So it’s just a different vibe out here man, and it’s very cool especially for us, we’ve just been fortunate to have this incredible fan base that’s been with us from the very beginning and here we are on our twelfth studio album 37 years later it’s all going strong so it’s just – you know we’re humbled by it and at the same time we just want to give the fans the best possible metal experience we can deliver, night after night.  We just want it to be a metal party that you can remember for all time and that way if we just give our best every time, you seem to be invited back.

Going back to Soldiers of the Night which is still considered a Metal classic is going up with the Carl Albert Fronted band 1988-95 RIP Carl –When you’re doing pre-production for your records, and all are you primarily the one doing the writing of the music and the lyrics, is it a band effort?  Because I know Vicious Rumors is, you see, you found it, how do you dispense what the duties are?

You know I am the primary writer, and if the guys don’t do exactly what I tell them, they need to get the fuck out and if we don’t do it my way we don’t do it anyway but really, I’m easy to work with. I’m just kidding bro!

I was going to be like; you sound like Mr. Malmsteen!

No shit huh! That was insane; it felt excellent to say that though.  No, I’m just playing with you man.  I lead the direction, and I write most of the music.  I do write a lot of lyrics and melodies, and I always have.  When we had Carl, we worked together in that way too. Vicious Rumors has always been a team, and we work together much like a sports team.  I’m the leader of the team, maybe I’m the driving force, but I like to surround myself with really talented creative people, and right now we have a unique combination.  I never intended to have this  worldwide line up this international lineup with guys in Europe and guys from California it comes down to chemistry, the most important part of having a band is the chemistry within the group, and that’s what made bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple and Metallica  they have chemistry together and when you find that kind of chemistry,  luckily we live in a day and age we’re just a  flight away and with the internet it’s possible to have these guys half way across the world and we can still do it and like I said, I never intended to do it but when we got together and when I found Nick and found Tilen they just brought so much to the table in every way they’re super creative;  talented, they got a lot of  great ideas. So to me, chemistry is number one, and if you have that, then the rest will follow. So yes, I do a lot of the writing but we work together as a team, and I’m entirely open to all the guys’ great ideas.  We don’t always use them because I do so much of the writing, but they help me shape it.  The one thing that we’ve had with all the different lineups is my songwriting, and that is sort of like the thread from the beginning to now that’s kept up Vicious Rumors, so I don’t want to lose that but at the same time, I really value the talented guys that I work with.

When did Nick come along?  Was he on the last album or come on the tour?

Well what happened was we had a big US tour in 2013 and then Brian Allen was becoming more and more unavailable you know understandably, he’s got, three kids, he’s a single dad with 3 children, so you know that’s a huge responsibility and so he started looking at, he just became unavailable and the problem was when he decided that he was not going to be available it was four weeks before a giant tour that I had already spent four months working on and so I was just lucky that I found Nick off a recommendation of a good friend of mine in The Netherlands from my brother Jake’s band in The Netherlands he recommended Nick to me and we had just gotten Tilen in the group, and I was just lucky to find him in time, and he came in we did the US tour together and he did the last live album  Live You To Death 2: American Punishment and he had only just joined the band and just crammed in to learn like 20 songs and did a fantastic job and now we’ve had three years of chemistry behind us so if you listen to the last live album and the way he sounds on the new album you can just actually hear in percussion protocol the growth that’s taken place and the way his voice has evolved, you know he can sing
high and clean all day long but we worked on his lower range and bringing out more of a full-voiced thing with his classic high decent thing and really you know he just has the ability and the range to do all the styles of Vicious Rumors music you know.  I think you being someone who really knows Vicious Rumors from the beginning to now know we are aware that we don’t just have one style or one sound we have a lot of different aspects to our music from speed metal to ballads to slow quenched stuff and we need a singer that can sing low and cumbersome, high and clean, dark and moody and also melodic, so it’s  a real tall order to be the singer in Vicious Rumors and Nick’s just done a great job in the band the last few years and a fantastic job on the new record.

Yeah, it’s an excellent record.  I reviewed it for another website that is not mine. I think you guys liked it on Twitter and followed me back as a matter of fact. For Concussion Protocol did you do anything differently in production for the preparation of recording the other albums? 

We did, it was the most I mean months of great lots of hard work man.  I started by just writing riffs on my little digital recorder. Once I had put together the body of twelve songs we actually got together and rented a house in The Netherlands and spent like three weeks together you know finalizing the ideas and taking suggestions for the guy’s and really just working together to try to make the album the best it could be and luckily we had the three years experience together and all the touring we did. Since Nick and Tilen have been in the band we’ve done a major US tour a South American tour, two European tours we had built the chemistry already which was really helpful, we were all really comfortable with each other when we started writing this album and after I kind of assembled most of the songs you know we rented that house in The Netherlands and put the final touches on it.  Once I really felt like the album taking shape I really felt like wow this is going to be probably our heaviest album and one of our most powerful driving records that we’ve ever done, and so I really felt at that point like man I need lyrics, I need a cover, I need a concept to be to be just as heavy and after the guys had gone home I stayed in Europe for like three weeks, just with a notebook and a pencil and my pads and paper and I just wrote lyrics and started coming up with this crazy doomsday story with the asteroid taking out the world and I was just thinking when we went digital dictator we were at the beginning of the digital age, and I was thinking where are we now?  Well, unfortunately, we’re in the age of disasters.  You know with tsunamis and earthquakes, terrorism and all this shit I just thought man what would be the ultimate catastrophe? That would be the whole planet being destroyed in one swift blow! So I wanted to make a bad ass heavy metal loud one and a total nightmare at the same time, and that’s how the whole thing came on the Concussion Protocol.  I hope you know I was just kidding when I said we were going to do it my way and all that.  You know, people, it’s the funny dude the way you know how long this band’s been together.

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Yes, I sure do

And anytime you have a band together for half as long as we’ve been together there are lineup changes, and that’s just life. I mean look at any heavy metal band that you can think of at off the top of your head Judas Priest, Metallica,  Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath you know Testament and the list goes on and on everybody’s had lineup changes.  So there’s nothing different from Vicious Rumors to any other bands.  If you love what you’re doing you just fix it and move on and that’s what we’ve done in the past.  Right now we’ve got a very particular combination and I really hope that we can stay together and make a few more albums together in this lineup and if for some reason that doesn’t happen, then I’m just going to go ahead and make another bad ass album without, you know I got a great bunch of guys right now, and we have a real good chemistry together.  I think as long as we can work together you know I think the guys are very excited about the response so far, the views and the ratings that the album’s been getting like 9 out of 10 and 8 out of 10.  People just responding in such a positive way and I appreciate your comments too man

Oh yes I rated you guys an 8 out of 10 

that’s fantastic man!

Soon as I heard it, I knew it was you! Soon as the opening riff, I knew it was you.  That’s how distinctive your riff playing is

Thank you very much

Drums, everything about that you can always hear a Vicious Rumors song

I appreciate that 

Going on from Concussion Protocol you’re on a German label now.  How was that first back in the day when we had big budgets with Atlantic Records all that compared to now and the market? 

Well, I tell you it’s been fantastic.  Working with SPV has been an incredible experience.  They know what they’re doing Ali Han and Marco over there in the office.  They’re seasoned veterans.  They’re into the music they know the market.  They’ve done a great job??? Spinning up the album and this year I think they’ve done more for the band than ever before.  I was just here two months doing Press.  I did like 70 interviews.  So it’s been a great experience to work with SPV, and you know Atlantic was also you find out when you’re in a band, and you’re trying to get signed it’s a very tough business you know.  When you have the opportunity to sign with the same label as Led Zeppelin and AC/DC you know it’s a dream come true and you take that opportunity no matter what it is but you know there’s also the reality of being  a minuscule fish in a huge pond and so to be with SPV and be one of their  more featured bands it’s also working out quite well

I remember Sylvio Bonvini, the guy that was doing your A & R at Atlantic

Yes, he was one of them it was him Sylvio and Peggy Donnelly.

Talk about names I remember dealing with getting your stuff.  Sylvio hooked me up with posters of you guys. 
Well you know, like I said Atlantic Records is no joke and everything we’ve done in the past has led us to where we are now.  So I have no regrets, I have no excuses, and I make no apologies.  We’re just trying to do the best we can do and do it.  We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel we’re just trying to take our art and our music and make it the best we can

Going on with your music we’re going to kind of go to a different level we’ll get back to that in a second.   The YouTube issue.  It’s becoming a big issue about YouTube, and I ask everybody these questions I always want to hear what everyone’s opinion is.  There are a lot of people like Nikki Sixx, and a few other people are saying that YouTube is not fair in compensating the artists due to all their music being on YouTube and it just being replayed and replayed and people uploading full video’s of the bands without consent.  I mean do you have an opinion about that?  Have you been following that story at all

 

I mean it’s a real double-edged sword. I mean it’s great for people to find the band and get to see it.  Like our albums just came out Friday and I think later that day someone had already put the whole album on YouTube or some link to go and get our entire album for free and it’s just like in some ways it kills the industry so it’s such a double-edged sword I mean in one respect it’s great because people can find out about you they can hear the music and if they’re real fans maybe they’re going to go out and buy it but there are so many people will just bootleg  your stuff and won’t pay for it, and it is unfair in a lot of ways, and you know it just comes right down to being victims of a digital world.

How do you feel about the streaming service like Spotify and Apple music and all them? Do you think they help or hurt the industry?

Well you know there’s some accountability there.  You know with YouTube it’s just the artist ripped off so at least with Spotify and some of those other things there can be some accountability. You know man, that’s just the world we live in today, and it just makes touring that much more valuable.

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Yes to increase the revenues you’re losing on record sales

Exactly and selling your album to the hardcore fans that go to the shows you know luckily in my case and I think the guys in my band, everybody in my band are guys that love what they do it’s not about money, it’s about passion and fire and living out our dreams you know we’re just very thankful to our fans that stood by us and the new ones that we get all the time cause man without the fans there is no band, and we’re all about the fans we’re nothing without them.

Your video that you came out here, are you playing Dean Guitars now?

Yes, I’ve been with Dean for a while now.

I saw I don’t know if it was you playing a Dean Dime Guitar are that what you’re primarily playing or do you have your signature model? 

Yes, I use the Razorback. You know when I saw that thing I was like my God it’s like a bolt of lightning, and it’s just so fun to play and I’m also a good fan of Dimebag so yes I was euphoric and honored that Dean Guitar would sponsor me with and give me so many great guitars to work with that’s been really a privilege and I’ve been really really proud to play my Dean Guitars around the world.  I have three Razorbacks a Razorback B and ML also an Eric Peterson, and the Eric wasn’t given to me by Dean it has been paid to me by Eric.  He came to my house and gave me the guitar we’ve known each other a long time, and I remember the day he gave that to me I was.  I was like man there are a couple of million people that would just be so blown away to have you come to their house and give them one of your guitars.  Eric and I have grown up together we’ve known each other a long time, so that’s part of being fortunate enough to be a part of the Bay Area metal scene that turned out to be something that the whole world looks to is just something extraordinary.  Metallica, Exodus, Vicious Rumors, Death Angel, Testament, Megadeth bands that are still going strong today.

You’ve got Dave Messina on Dean Guitars. You’ve got Michael Androvetti??? Who are in my group, you’ve got Vinnie Moore, and Rusty Coolidge is on there you know I can go on. It seems like Dean is picking up a lot of different artists and all.  Is there any top signature model for you or are you just happy with what they provide you?

Well you know, we’ll see, we’ll see.  I would love to do that at some point but I’ve been very thankful just to be sponsored by Dean, and you know they’ve given me some great guitars. You know I strangle the hell out of them, I beat the hell out of them and they seem to hold up quite well, so it’s not like a top priority for me my priority is the music and keeping the band working.  I would love to have a Geoff Thorpe signature.

What are your rigs consisting of?  I know you have the Dimebag but what else are you using? 

I’d love to tell you, but unfortunately, I’d have to kidnap you.  No man, I use a real classic rig called a Langner power amp and preamp with a very particular amp called a More Sound, and the More Sound amps are made in San Diego California, and he did make me a signature amp.  I do have an amp it’s called a Megajet amp.  It is not available on the market is a custom amp that was made for me by More Sound amplifiers and yes it’s pretty bad ass I think we got a really great guitar sound on the record and other than that I don’t have a lot of special gear to tell you about and quite honestly 90% of the way guitar players sound is their hands.  I could go into Guitar Center and plug it into the amp, and I’m still going to look like Geoff Thorpe of Vicious Rumors because it’s me playing, so gear and tone is definitely concordant but like I said you know Michael Schenker walks into a Guitar Center picks up the guitar and amp he’s still going to sound like Michael Schenker, and that’s because 90% of guitar players sound is coming right out of his hands.

That’s what I was getting to are you still practicing before each show? You’ve pretty much been at it for 37 years

Oh yes man, I still rehearse and warm up it’s important.  I feel like I can play much more freely if I get a chance to warm up.  I enjoy having rehearsals but unfortunately, nowadays we have this international line-up, and so we don’t get to have so many rehearsals. Everybody’s professional enough just to be ready, and we talk about the list, put together the set list everybody’s ready to go.  We get together, have one or two rehearsals and start the tour.

Are you still up in the Bay area?  Are you guys still practicing up there because you guys are playing Europe so often do you guys stay out there?  

Yes, Larry and I and Thaen still live in the Bay Area and Nick is in The Netherlands. So usually what happens is when we are preparing to go on the road I’ll have three or four rehearsals with Larry and Thaen just the two guitars and drums and then we’ll come to Europe a week early before the tour and  have three or four rehearsals together as a band and then just do it and then everybody shows up individually ready to go so we can have our rehearsals be very concentrated and we’re already rehearsed and ready and you know when you’re in that situation no one wants to be the guy that’s not ready you understand me? So everybody shows up prepared.

What is your touring schedule going to be like for the next twelve months?  Are you guys going to be in Europe?

No.  We’ve got some large plans.  We start October 31 we’re going to be with Durkschneider playing into November supporting him through Scandinavia and Germany,  Czech Republic, Austria then we’re going to break and do two and a half weeks of headline shows, and then we finish with another run with Durkschneider till December 19. We’ve got the 70,000 tons of metal cruise coming up at the beginning of February.  We have a second opportunity for a tour in Europe that we’re negotiating right now, and we certainly have plans to return to the United States as well as Japan and South America, so it’s going to be a very busy 2016-2017 for Vicious Rumors man we’re just putting the classic set out there with the best material. We just want to make it a heavy metal night to remember every time we hit the stage.

I ask everybody this question too. Is there any guitar player of a younger generation that has caught your eye? 

Oh man, there are so many good ones.  Everybody’s younger than me though so I’m not sure what the guys in Arch Enemy.  I don’t know how old Jeff Lynne is he might not be that much younger than I, but he sure is amazing.  It’s funny the part playing of soloing and stuff was a lost art for a while, and now it’s coming back again big time, so I think it would be great to see somebody stepping up the guitar playing again.  Especially with like schools losing music programs and things like that dropping out.

 Well, Geoff, those were exquisite.  Those were the questions I got for protocol, and it sounds like a good album and Nick looked superb on it, the video is sharp there.  Hopefully, you can get your signature endorsement from Dean so you can do that

I appreciate that, and I just want to thank you and the followers, of all your info like I, said we’re all about the fans whether it be the fans from the beginning or they’re just finding out about us you know no excuses no apologies it’s just bad ass heavy metal, and that’s all that matters.

It’s been one hell of a ride with Vicious Rumors in my collection for the past 26 years.  All of us going to see Total Recall is still one of my favorite memories.

I’ll tell you what, just keep rocking my friend and we’ll take you to the movies again sometime ok?

Well if you’re down in Florida, are you guys going to be touring in the states soon or you guys just stay primarily over there because Europe is more of a money maker for you?

Well, we plan on doing a US tour sometime I’d say mid-2017 so yes we’ll be back for sure.