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Appice - Sinister album review

Return of the beat brothers

Cover art for Appice - Sinister album

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).

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.