• Sun. Apr 21st, 2024

The Appice Brothers have been rocking the world with numerous bands for decades, and have built up a name for themselves in that time, to say the least. In recent years, the two finally united and began doing “Drum Wars” shows together on the live stage. And now, Carmine and Vinny have made the next step together:

Joining forces with guest stars for a studio album of new recordings.

Sinister marks the first studio album on which both Appice Brothers have united. The list of guest stars brought together for the release includes:

-On vocals: Jim Crean, Paul Shortino, Robin McAuley, Chas West, and Scotty Bruce

-On guitar: Craig Goldy, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Joel Hoekstra, Mick Sweda, Erik Turner, and David Henzerling.

On bass: Tony Franklin, Phil Soussan, Johnny Rod, and Jorgen Carlson.

The sheer talent of these musicians, many of whom have played with the Brothers Appice in the past, should make a pretty clear statement – they are here to rock! Sinister has been a hotly anticipated album over the past few months, and it’s finally here… but is it any good?



Sinister is the Appice Brothers having a damn good time making rock and roll; you can tell there is a lot of chemistry between them and their menagerie of guest stars here. While the tracks are mostly newly-written originals, there are a few surprise “blast from the past” cuts that definitely feel like welcome additions.

We have a great, diverse mix of tracks here, with some of the highlights being “Monsters and Heroes,” which is a tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio, a remake of Blue Murder’s “Riot” that features Robin McAuley behind the microphone, the “Sabbath Mash,” which is an odd mash-up of classic Black Sabbath tracks performed by this ensemble cast, “In the Night,” which features killer guitar work from ex-GNR axeman Bumblefoot, the moody and atmospheric “Future Past” which may be my personal favorite cut on the album, and the 70s-esque “You Got Me Running,” where Carmine himself handles the vocal duties! Seriously, every track on this album is entertaining, with everything from retro-flavored tracks that would not have been out of place on 70s and 80s releases from the Brothers Appice, to things with more of a modern influence.

Sinister kicks ass. Vinny and Carmine Appice have always been two of my favorite personalities in the music world, and even all these years later (Carmine has been drumming professionally for half a century and turns 71 years old this December) they are still at the top of their game. With its ensemble cast and killer work from two of rock and roll’s finest drummers, I have no reservations in saying that this is one of the best albums of the year.

Absolute highest recommendations for Sinister. This belongs in your collection. Now.


By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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