You’re unlikely to find a phenomenon like Carmine and Vinny Appice a second time in the history of rock music. For more than forty years, the two brothers have been among the most sought-after and renowned rock drummers worldwide. Carmine and Vinny (each of them on their own) can be heard on numerous legendary albums and have toured countless times with some of the world’s greatest acts. Carmine embarked on his musical path in the 1960s with the unforgotten Vanilla Fudge, manning in the course of his illustrious career the drums for superstars such as Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne, among others. His brother Vinny, who is eleven years his junior, looks back on an equally spectacular career, having worked with acts such as Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and Dio, among others. With the exception of the live album Drum Wars – Live! (2014), there has been no direct collaboration between the two so far. That’s about to change. Sinister is the first joint studio album by Carmine and Vinny and was recorded with the support of a number of prestigious guests.

Vinny states, “As Ringo said, with a little help from our friends.”

Sinister consists of a total of 13 tracks, recorded by Carmine and Vinny together with distinguished colleagues. Killing Floor and Future Past feature the wonderful Craig Goldy (together with bassist Tony Franklin), Franklin resurfacing, together with Paul Shortino, on Suddenly and on You Got Me Running. Shortino also lends his awesome vocals to War Cry and the programmatic Monsters And Heroes, the latter also featuring Bulletboys guitarist Mick Sweda, while Shortino teams up with Whitesnake stringsman Joel Hoekstra on War Cry. Talking of vocals, Sinister, Danger (bass: Phil Soussan), In The Night (guitar: Bumblefoot) and Sabbath Mash (guitar: Erik Turner, keyboards: Erik Norlander) are all sung by Jim Crean, while Chas West recorded the vocal parts for Killing Floor, Scotty Bruce featuring on Future Past and Robin McAuley on Riot. The biggest surprise of all, Carmine himself doubles as vocalist on You Got Me Running.

Vine says, “Carmine has been singing lead and background for years. He´s a very good singer and I´m glad he sang one number on this record.”

So fans can look forward to a haunting rock album which the Appice brothers plan to premiere live on stage as soon as possible.

Says Carmine, “We cannot wait to take the album on the road! Heavy drums and heavy songs. It will kill.”

Sinister will be released on October 27th, 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer as CD digipack, double gatefold vinyl, download and stream.

Sinister Track Listing:

1 Sinister
2 Monsters And Heroes
3 Killing Floor
4 Danger
5 Drum Wars
6 Riot
7 Suddenly
8 In The Night
9 Future Past
10 You Got Me Running
11 Bros In Drums
12 War Cry
13 Sabbath Mash

Line Up & Guests

Carmine Appice (drums & vocals)
Vinny Appice (drums)
Jim Crean (vocals)
Paul Shortino (vocals) (Rough Cutt, Ex-Quiet Riot)
Robin McAuley (vocals) (MSG)
Chas West (vocals) (Ex-Lynch Mob)
Scotty Bruce (vocals)
Craig Goldy (guitar) (Ex-Dio, Ex-Giuffria)
Bumblefoot (guitar) (Ex-Guns N’ Roses)
Joel Hoekstra (guitar) (Whitesnake)
Mike Sweda (guitar) (Bulletboys)
Erik Turner (guitar) (Warrant)
David Michael Phillips (guitar) (King Kobra)
Tony Franklin (bass) (Ex-Blue Murder, Ex-The Firm)
Phil Soussan (bass) (Ex-Ozzy Osbourne)
Johnny Rod (bass) (King Kobra, Ex-WASP)
Jorgen Carlson (bass) (Gov’t Mule)
Erik Norlander (keyboards) (Lana Lane)

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2 Responses

  1. This one sounds very interesting. I have admired both Carmine and Vinnie’s drumming for years! They both have very distinctive styles which I enjoy. And they have both had extremely successful careers. Looking at the list of musicians that are playing on this album, it should be really good!

  2. I remember a That Metal Show episode where the brothers each had different pronunciations for their last names. I wonder what pronounciation will be used for this release….”A-piece” or “Appicie”?

    Seems a little weird to have a band release comprised of two drummers. But plenty of great musicians making contributions. Should make for an interesting release.

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