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Encyclopedia entry for 'Vicious Circle' LETTER:

Formed in 1983
StyleHardcore punk
 Original line-up: Paul Lindsay (vocals), Les Rumincik (lead guitar; ex-Politburo), Alby Brovedani (bass, guitar; ex-Politburo), Michael (drums)
 Vicious Circle albums: Price of Progress (Reactor, 1985), Vicious Circle/Youth Brigade (split album, Reactor, 1986), Reflections (Reactor, 1986), Into the Void (Waterfront, 1988), Reactivate (compilation, Def, 1995), Internal Headstrength (Spent, 1997), Perfect World Disaster (Resist, 1999); Rue Morgue albums: Soul Museum (Def, 1993), Freak Nation (Def, 1995).

History
Alongside Depression, Melbourne band Vicious Circle was that city's most influential hardcore punk band of the 1980s. Vicious Circle also proved to be a very prolific recording outfit, and while the band's records sold to a dedicated few in Australia, they sold in reasonable quantities in places like the US west coast.

Perth-born drummer Russell Hopkinson replaced original drummer Michael in 1984. The earliest Vicious Circle recordings (`Blood Race', `Police Brutality') appeared on the Various Artists punk compilation Eat Your Head (No Master's Voice, 1984). The compilation also included tracks by Civil Dissident, Murder Murder Suicide, End Result, Royal Flush, I Spit on Your Gravy, Bodies, Permanent Damage and Madflowers. Vicious Circle issued its debut EP, Search for the Solution, on Phil McDougall's Reactor label. Search for the Solution sold 1000 copies, incentive enough for the band to record its debut album The Price of Progress (September 1985). The album was a ground-breaking release in the annals of the local hardcore scene. US label Children of the Revolution licensed the album for the American market (November).

The US connection led to Vicious Circle issuing a split album with American band Youth Brigade (April 1986). That same month, Reactor issued the band's first single, `A Nightmare So Quick'/`Viewing Time'. By that stage, David Ross had replaced Hopkinson on drums and Keith Chatham (ex-Death Sentence) had come in on bass to allow Alby Brovedani to concentrate on rhythm guitar. By the time the band came to record its second album Reflections, Chatham had left and Brovedani was back on bass. Reflections (October 1986) charted the band's progress, with elements of melody seeping into the band's all-out thrash approach. Californian label Boner issued the album on the American market. Vicious Circle undertook a three-month US tour which took in support gigs to west coast hardcore bands like GBH, Agnostic Front, MDC and Attitude Adjustment.

At the end of 1986, James Lynch (ex-Children of Sorrow) replaced Ross on drums. Vicious Circle issued one more record on Reactor, the 12-inch EP Hope and Wait (September 1987), before linking up with Sydney-based label Waterfront for the album Into the Void (August 1988). Vicious Circle continued to play the Melbourne inner-city scene, but broke up in 1990. Lindsay and Rumincik formed a new band, Rue Morgue, during 1991. Rue Morgue also comprised Peter (guitar), Gary (bass) and Danny (drums; ex-Depression). The band's sound incorporated an eclectic mix of hardcore punk, death metal and skate-core elements.

Rue Morgue contributed the track `Romance of Death' to Roadrunner Australia's compilation of local metal bands Redrum (June 1993). The band's debut album, Soul Museum, followed at the end of 1993. Rue Morgue issued a second album, Freak Nation (January 1995), but by the middle of the year Lindsay and Rumincik had revived Vicious Circle. The reunion resulted in the retrospective compilation Reactivate on the Def label (July 1995). In March 1996, Vicious Circle issued a new CD EP, Fixated. By early 1997, the Vicious Circle line-up had stabilised with Lindsay and Rumincik joined by Gary (guitar), Chris (bass; ex-Buttjuice) and Stu (drums; ex-Extreme Forces). That line-up issued a new album in May 1997, Internal Headstrength.



Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop / Ian McFarlane 1999
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