After a stable line up for nine years Larry Howe decides to leave Vicious Rumors and joins Chastain. Howe gets replaced by drummer extraordinaire Atma Anur.
In 2001 "Sadistic Symphony" is released. It is the 10th Vicious Rumors album, featuring the skin expertise of Atma Anur.
Early 2005 Larry Howe rejoins Vicious Rumors.