Friday, December 5, 2014

CD Review: The Appice Brothers Battle During "Drum Wars" And Wallner & Vain Look To Bring Back Classic Metal

No two brothers have helped shape the world of heavy metal like Carmine and Vinny Appice. Carmine struck first with stints with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Ozzy Osbourne and Rod Stewart. Vinny soon followed, becoming the steady drive of Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. For the first time, the two have come together for a one-of-a-kind live show entitled "Drum Wars Live." It plots brother against brother in a battle of skins that is a dream come true for hard rock fans. If you couldn't make it out to one of the shows, Rocker Records/Deadline Music recently released a live CD that was recorded at a show this past June in New York. The disc begins with the announcement of a heavyweight title fight as each brother is introduced before diving into the Black Sabbath/Dio hits "Mob Rules" and "Holy Diver." Sandwiched between the songs is one of half-a-dozen drum solos that just rocks your speakers. Ozzy Osbourne's "Bark At The Moon" fits perfectly into the setlist, while Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" seems out of place, but does allow the audience to get involved in the show. The disc closes with a version of "Crazy Train" that focuses more on the duel drumming thatn the guitars as it gives a more thunderous appeal to the song. To find out more about this great new release, please visit

From Los Angeles, CA comes the latest album from guitarist Will Wallner and vocalist Vivien Vain entitled "The Battle Of Clyst Heath." The new eight-song release begins with the classical/rock guitar-driven instrumental "Blade Runner" that draws strong similarities to Pink Floyd. The album quickly changes gears as they bring in a classic British metal sound on "The Wars Of The Roses" as we are introduced to Vain's vocals. The album also features some guest spots, beginning with Vinny Appice on the drums, motoring through the quick pace of "Eye Of The Storm," while Wallner's guitar solo steals the show. Next, Carmine Appice sits down behind the skins and Tony Franklin lends a hand on bass for the classic eighties hard rock feel of "Black Moon." The album closes with a tribute to legendary blues/rock guitarist Gary Moore with "The Loner" as Wallner adds a little blues guitar of his own as he is joined on this instrumental by Vinny Appice on drums, Neil Murray on bass and Don Airey on keyboards. To find out more about this latest album "The Battle Of Clyst Heath," please visit

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