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14th September 2017


As announced at the beginning of this month, Vinny and Carmine Appice have united to record their first ever joint studio album, 'Sinister', which is set for release on Steamhammer/SPV on October 27th.

It's playing loud in the MetalTalk office right now and it's every bit as good as you will no doubt expect and in even more great news, the most famous tub-thumping siblings in hard rock and Heavy Metal history are now taking 'Sinister' out on the road.

Carmine and Vinny will play three special live shows where they will perform 'Sinister' together. The three dates include appearances in New York City, Derry in New Hampshire and Las Vegas and tickets for all three shows are available now.

At the Las Vegas show, you can be a part of history, as Appice will shoot a video for their song 'Monsters And Heroes'. The dates are:

September 22nd: New York, NY @ Cutting Room
September 23rd: Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
September 29th: Las Vegas, NV @ Vampd

'Sinister', which includes a host of incredible guest musicians, will be available in several different formats and is available for pre-order at Amazon right here.

Apart from 2014s live album, 'Drum Wars - Live!', Carmine and Vinny had not worked together before:

"We never really planned to make an album together until last year. We've always had plans to play live together, starting out with drum clinics. We both had very busy schedules and finally found the time to do shows together which led to the idea of making an album."

The result is, as the Appices put it: "A great-sounding, spine-shaking rhythmic foundation, along with big giant melodic guitars from hell, and on top blazing vocals and melodies that will tear it all up!"

'Sinister', which features both new songs and classic tracks from their "long history in a crazy music business", contains a total of thirteen killer tracks, recorded: "As Ringo said: with a little help from our friends" (Vinny).


The vocals on 'Sinister' were contributed by Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, ex-Quiet Riot), Robin McAuley (MSG), Chas West (ex-Lynch Mob), Jim Crean and Scotty Bruce, while Carmine himself doubles as singer on 'You Got Me Running'.

Vinny states that "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."

Celebrated guitarists on the album include Craig Goldy (ex-Dio, ex-Giuffra), Bumblefoot (ex-Guns N' Roses), Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Mike Sweda (Bulletboys), Eric Turner (Warrant) and Daviud Michael Phillips (King Kobra).

The outstanding bass players on 'Sinister' are Tony Franklin (ex-Blue Murder, ex-The Firm), Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, Last In Line), Johnny Rod (King Kobra, ex-W.A.S.P.) and Jorgen Carlson (Gov't Mule). Keyboards were contributed by Erik Norlander (Lana Lane).

On the subject of the two brothers separate drum styles, Vinny notes that:

"We have similar grooves, fills and feels, but we approach things differently. I play heavier, fast and precise. Carmine plays more grooves and has a more melodic style."

'Sinister', which was produced by Carmine and Vinny, was recorded at diverse locations; Carmine nailed some of his drums in a studio on the East Coast, while Vinny cut most of his parts in his home studio. Both then recorded some songs together in Jorgen Carlsson's studio in Van Nuys, California.

Steve DeAcutis mixed & mastered the album: "Steve was able to get a fantastic sound on every instrument while keeping the drums vibrant and sounding great." (Vinny). Carmine concludes; "We cannot wait to take the album on the road! Heavy drums and heavy songs. It will kill!"

Vinny Appice brought the house down at Anaheim in January when he further confused the issue of the pronunciation of the family name by revealing that his and Carmine's brother, Frank Appice, also has his own way of saying the name and it's different to the way Vinny and Carmine pronounce it.

So the question remains, how do we pronounce this new band's name?

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