Drum Wars Live! Carmine & Vinny Appice

Drum Wars Live!

(Carmine & Vinny Appice)
Release Date: 
Monday, November 17, 2014

I've never been able to play a musical instrument but if I could play one it would be the drums. Since being a child I've liked the drums and to this day it's the instrument that I will first look at when I go into a music shop. Drums are just a lot of fun to listen to, they can be fast, they can have a sound that makes you feel ready for war, or they can just get you tapping your feet to the beat. That's why when I got the album, Drum Wars Live! by Carmine and Vinny Appice I was excited to be listening to it. These two have been playing the drums for years and they are good at what they do. This live album is not just Carmine and Vinny playing though, there's also Jim Crean giving the vocals, James Caputo playing bass, and Ethan Brosh on the guitar.
This album starts off with letting you know the mood being set and how much fun it's going to be with the weird wrestling/boxing style ring announcer. This opening gets the listener ready for the fun that these two guys are going to have with the songs. There is a lot of fun being had while these songs are being played, which only makes listening to them fun as well. While this is not exactly what I thought the album was going to be, it's still a fun and good album. What I thought this album was going to be was all songs being played out between the two drummers on only drums. I was thinking, and looking forward to an album full of drums and only drums but what I got are songs that are songs and some drums only songs.
Now even though this album don't feature 13 tracks only drums only, the songs that are on this album are good. There's an over abundance of energy being pumped out in the songs, enough that there is never a slow moment, well aside from when the tracks change. For me the drum solos where the best parts of this album because I got what I wanted, drums. The energy and the pacing being played on the drums is fun, it's strong, and it makes me want to play the drums right along with them. With all the 13 tracks on this album, the only moments that I didn't care much for is with the vocals. Don't get me wrong, they are good, they are done well where the tempo matches the beat of the instruments, but I was wanted drums only so when there are vocals it's just in the way of the drums. Still, even when the vocals are there, the drums are being played where I am able to focus on them more and enjoy what I was listening to. Drum Wars Live! is a fun and very energetic album with some good drumming being done.

Lee Roberts
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