Carmine Appice - King Kobra
If you want to rock the house, then you need to call upon one of the most influential drummers of all time, namely: Carmine Appice. When you consider his body of work with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, King Kobra, Blue Murder, Mothers Army, as well as all of his guest appearances, it all adds up to the thrill of a lifetime.
King Kobra has just released their newest self-titled album, and I was ready to strike when it came to securing an interview with the master skinsman himself. Carmine and I talked about the new album, and briefly about King Kobra's past. So, turn up the good times; because this is how we roll...
MettleAngel: Hey Man, I am so grateful that I was able to get a chance to speak with you. I know you are currently swamped with press, in order to promote the new album.
MettleAngel: If you recall, I actually met you this past summer on tour with Michael Schenker in Cleveland. I was backstage doing an interview with him. You and I briefly spoke about the new King Kobra album, which was then still in the works.
MettleAngel: I still am! I have been playing the first three albums, as well as the new one for the past week. I have some of those Capitol releases on cassette. I am amazed how each album is so diverse.
MettleAngel: I have not heard 'Hollywood Trash', but I like all the others.
MettleAngel: I can see that, as 'Thrill Of A Lifetime' is very commercial oriented.
MettleAngel: I did not know that some of the songs were that dated.
MettleAngel: I do agree that the new album has that Classic feel.
MettleAngel: You have to admire modern technology. Listening to the album, I would not have known that fact. I still love your sophomore effort. I just played "Home Street Home" for my wife, and she was amazed to hear a Hip-Hop song like that coming from King Kobra.
MettleAngel: She was not familiar with the band at all. You also met her, and she was shocked when I mentioned to you about the Mark/Marcie transition.
MettleAngel: The only other song that I can think of as being around that time was Lone Rager's "Metal Rap", which I think was 1985. It was featured on the 'Deeper Into The Vault' Compilation. I love this song! "I'm The Man", by Anthrax came shortly thereafter.
MettleAngel: This seems to be the case with many then unknown individuals forming bands at that time, which later went on to reach mega-stardom.
MettleAngel: I know that you drummed on Paul Stanley's 1978 'S/T' release.
MettleAngel: I was amazed to see that you were able to get Paul Shortino to serve as your new vocalist. I always loved him in Rough Cutt, and his brief stint with Quiet Riot on the 1988 self-titled release, which I also have on cassette.
MettleAngel: I admire his vocals and his Bluesy edge. At times he reminds me of Joe Lynn Turner. He is quite different from the stadium rock approach of Mark Edward Free, or even Johnny Edwards from the third King Kobra release.
MettleAngel: Do you write most of the lyrics?
MettleAngel: I have noticed that the lyrics seem to have a very positive bent, and uplifting thrust. There seems to be an all pervasive feel good vibe present.
MettleAngel: I like songs like "Rock This House", "Top Of The World", or This Is How We Roll". "Turn Up The Good Times" reminds me a bit of "Welcome to The Jungle". I am currently reading Slash's biography.
MettleAngel: Wow. That explains the part where the operator is speaking during the song. We all know how aggravating it is to just hear a machine, while waiting to speak to an actual person! I did not get that until just now.
MettleAngel: I also admire the more emotional aspects of the evocative "Crying Turns To Rain". This has a classic Whitesnake feel. Followed by the more upbeat anthem "Screaming For More". Then the last song, "Fade Away", is passionate, and honest.
MettleAngel: Oh, is that a bonus track for certain regions?
MettleAngel: Oh really, I have not heard that.
MettleAngel: Oh sure, we can all relate to that as young boys; although, my heroes were not Comic Book Super Heroes, but rather Star Wars icons.
MettleAngel: I will for sure have to hear that. I assume it is available for download?
MettleAngel: That is such a coincidence, as right in front of me I have the Heaven & Hell 'Neon Nights' Live CD. I just picked it up after seeing Eddie Trunk recommend it on a recent airing of "That Metal Show". I was just looking through the booklet before you called, and I saw the advertisement for that very charity. That is so serendipitous, do you not think?
MettleAngel: I am too! I promise to buy that track tonight, and to tell my friends about it.
MettleAngel: I have read that you are also going to be on "That Metal Show" early next month, for the eighth episode. I believe you filmed the show with Dave Meniketti of Y&T. I am very excited to watch that one, which pays tribute to the late Phil Kennemore.
MettleAngel: You mentioned earlier that the whole album was made through the Internet. Seeing as the band seldom get together, what are your plans for future touring options?
MettleAngel: I am well aware of that. Many bands have been commenting on this lately.
MettleAngel: Well, I feel that the album is a great achievement. With so many reunions, and bands putting out new albums, I know it can be a bit overwhelming.
MettleAngel: There are a few cuts that are average. Overall, I like the new album. I feel any fan of '80s Rock and Metal should give it a fair shot.
MettleAngel: Well, Brother, I do not want to keep you any longer. Thank you so much for your time.
MettleAngel: Well as I now say, "I serve the Soul of Metal, the Spirit of Steel, and the Heart of Iron." I truly focus on service, and honour the music that means everything to me.
MettleAngel: Yes, and I will do my best to promote the new album.
See also: review of the album King Kobra