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Rock’s drum star brothers bring the noise
Finally, hard rock’s legendary drumming bro’s, Carmine and Vinny Appice have teamed up for their first joint studio album. Carmine is, of course, the hard rock pioneer of Vanilla Fudge; Beck, Bogert & Appice and Rod Stewart fame; Vinny was part of Heaven And Hell, Dio and Sabbath. Back in 2014 the pair put out a live album called DrumWars–Live, but they’d never done an album together before. So here is what we’ve waited for – the brothers Appice have assembled a team of guest rock vocalists, bassists and guitarists too many to namecheck, but the stars of these hooky, riffy-heavy rockers are always the drums. Carmine and Vinny trade licks in ‘Sinister’, swap thunderous fills in ‘Monsters And Heroes’ and throughout provide a pounding rhythmic backbone and create a blues-fuelled hard rock sound that will put hairs on your hairs. ‘Bros In Drums’ naturally gives both players the opportunity to show their fantastic chops on a track that really grooves, and on this and In‘ The Night’, the two players lock in with the bass, providing a swing to the tracks without overwhelming the songs. ‘Suddenly’ is by far the heaviest track here, and the Appices deliver a lesson in metal drumming that will surely drop the jaws of today’s young players. On ‘Drum Wars’ you get Carmine in one ear and Vinny in the other as they do ‘battle’ with some impressive snare work, fast kicks, tribal toms, cowbell cadences and sweet ride rhythms.
Brothers in arms: at last the Appice duo team up for a studio album