Ap­pice

Sin­is­ter

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums - hugh Fielder

Re­turn of the beat broth­ers.

Hav­ing fi­nally pit­ted their per­cus­sive wits against each other on the Drum Wars live al­bum three years ago – rock’n’roll’s an­swer to a WWE clash – broth­ers Carmine and Vinny Ap­pice opt for a more har­mo­nious drum­ming as­sault on their first stu­dio al­bum to­gether. Their play­ing styles are sim­i­lar, al­though Vinny plays harder and Carmine swings more, and for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion it’s help­ful that they are split be­tween left and right speak­ers.

The sup­port­ing cast of five singers, six gui­tarists and four bassists could have un­der­mined the al­bum’s con­sis­tency, but the pair’s force­ful play­ing keeps Sin­is­ter on the straight and nar­row. Pick of the bunch is the Ron­nie Dio trib­ute Monsters And Heroes with vo­cal­ist Paul Shortino (Rough Cut, Quiet Riot).

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