Drumming demi-gods Carmine and Vinny Appice have both had extraordinary careers behind the drum kit, beginning with Carmine's tenure in such legendary classic rock bands as VANILLA FUDGE and CACTUS as well as supporting stints with Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne. Meanwhile, younger brother Vinny made his name as a metal drummer for monster acts such as DIO, BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL. Recently these two virtuosos have been wowing audiences with their own rock show called "Drum Wars", featuring not only the hits of their associated bands but also a thrilling series of solos that pit them against each other like the Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich drum battles of yore. Fortunately for us mere mortals, this unique concert experience was recorded in June 2014 at the Iridium in New York and is now available on CD courtesy of Deadline Music and Rocker Records.
Cleopatra has posted a compilation video from Carmine and Vinny Appice's "Drum Wars" performances, shot, edited and directed by fans. Check it out below.
Along with Carmine and Vinny, the "Drum Wars Live!" CD features Jim Crean, Ethan Brosh and James Caputo.
For those unsure of their ability to withstand the aural assault that the Appice brothers bring, a free downloadable track from the album has been made available on the Rocker Records web site. Check it out below.
"When me and Vinny play together, we push each other to our limits," says Carmine. "Either while drum battling or playing great songs from our history on this CD, while backed up with a great band behind us."
Adds Vinny: "A CD of great music and drums that punch with power and energy."
Coinciding with this exciting release is a series of European shows featuring both Carmine and Vinny performing alongside a jaw-dropping list of metal vocalists and musicians. Dubbed the Metal All Stars, this year's crop includes BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's Zakk Wylde, ANTHRAX's Joey Belladonna, Geoff Tate formerly of QUEENSRŸCHE, Dave Ellefson of MEGADETH, James LaBrie of DREAM THEATER, TESTAMENT's Chuck Billy and lots more.
"Drum Wars Live!" track listing:
02. The Mob Rules
03. Drum Wars
04. Holy Diver
05. We Rock
06. The Flintstones
07. Carmine Solo
08. Bark At The Moon
09. Do Ya Think I'm Sexy
10. Drum Wars Part 2
11. Vinny Solo
12. Stand Up And Shout / Heaven And Hell
13. Crazy Train