Since the late '60s, drummer Carmine Appice has been one of the most respected players among his peers, yet he rarely gets the recognition he deserves for his efforts and contributions to rock drumming. Having performed/recorded with a multitude of artists over the years, Appice appeared to have launched a promising solo career in the early '80s, with the release of Rockers in 1981. But fans waiting for a solo Appice follow-up would have to wait a nice and cozy 15 years, when Guitar Zeus finally appeared. Appice didn't use the long layoff between solo albums unwisely, however, as he assembled a multitude of renowned guitarists to lend a hand, including Slash, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brian May, Ted Nugent, and Elliot Easton. Hard rock is the name of the game here, with standouts including the Doug Pinnick-sung "This Time Around," the two-part title track guitar smorgasbord, and the moody "Where You Belong." With Appice playing as solidly as ever and supported by a strong cast, his fans will surely not be disappointed with Guitar Zeus.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato