It’s no secret that two of the most talented drummers in rock and roll also happen to be brothers. Of course I am talking about the legendary Appice brothers, Carmine and Vinny. Both their resumes speak for themselves playing with a literal who’s who of rock and metal over the years. Older brother Carmine has played in the world- renowned Vanilla Fudge, King Kobra, and with Ozzy whilst Vinny has hit the skins for Black Sabbath, DIO, and Heaven and Hell. The brothers have recently released their debut studio album together “Sinister.”

“Sinister” boasts not only out of this world drum performances from both brothers but guest appearances by some of the best musicians in the business including Bumblefoot, Joel Hoekstra, Tony Franklin, Phil Soussan, Robin McAuley and Paul Shortino. The record was self-produced and the sound is dangerously intense. With a classic hard rock and metal feel, the thirteen tracks on “Sinister” will blow you away. From the great sing along rocker “Monsters and Heroes” with Shortino on vocals to the slithering riffs of the heavy hitting “Killing Floor,” the Appice brothers are at the top of their game. The instrumental “Drum Wars” is reason enough to listen but also outstanding is a cover of Blue Murder’s “Riot” that is an all out jam session on drums and guitars. “You Got Me Running” features a great vocal performance from Carmine and “Bros In Drums” is a fantastic bluesy rocker about the brothers growing up in Brooklyn. Touring Appice vocalist Jim Crean sings on 4 tracks including the title track “Sinister.” He does a great job on each one but shines on  “Sabbath Mash.” Closing out the album is “Sabbath Mash,” a cool medley of classic Black Sabbath tunes.

“Sinister” is a rock solid debut and a showcase for the cutting edge technique and innovative styles of two of the best drummers in rock.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978. My top five live shows ever are: 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome. 2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours. 3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 - The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked! 4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live. 5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.