Kill Devil Hill (band)

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Kill Devil Hill
Kill Devil Hill in 2012. L-R: Vinny Appice, Dewey Bragg, and Mark Zavon
Kill Devil Hill in 2012. L-R: Vinny Appice, Dewey Bragg, and Mark Zavon
Background information
OriginKill Devil Hills, North Carolina, U.S.
GenresHard rock,[1] heavy metal
Years active2011–present
Associated actsBlack Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Dio, Pantera, Down, Pissing Razors, Type O Negative
MembersJohnny Kelly
Mark Zavon
Dewey Bragg
Nico D’Arnese
Past membersRex Brown
Vinny Appice

Kill Devil Hill is an American hard rock supergroup,[1] founded in 2011 by drummer Vinny Appice (former Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and Dio), bassist Rex Brown (former Pantera and Down), guitarist Mark Zavon, and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg.[2] The band is named after the town of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, a location renowned from pirating days.[3]

The band's sound has been described as "heavy and modern without succumbing to typical contemporary hardcore trappings – indecipherable vocals or overused blast beats."[3]


Kill Devil Hill released their self-titled debut album in May 2012. They toured the US with rock band Adrenaline Mob.[4]

On March 10, 2014, it was announced that Vinny Appice had left the band in order to commit to other things and projects, and that former Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly was his replacement.[5]

The band performed on Motörhead's Boat Cruise in September 2014 and after touring, the band started to write another album with their new member Johnny Kelly.[6] They decided to record at Stagg Street Studios in California with help from engineer Josh Newell (Linkin Park, In This Moment). [6]

Band members[edit]


  • Dewey Bragg – lead vocals (2011–present)
  • Mark Zavon – guitar (2011–present)
  • Johnny Kelly – drums (2014–present)
  • Nico D'Arnese – bass (2019–present)




  • In July 2015, Texas Hippie Coalition bassist John Exall started a new musical ensemble called Smoke Hollow along with three musicians: Ashes from Static-X, Dewey Bragg from Kill Devil Hill, and Ralf Mueggler from Crowned by Fire.[7]


  1. ^ a b Monger, James Christopher. "Revolution Rise - Kill Devil Hill | Songs, Reviews, Credits".
  2. ^ "KILL DEVIL HILL: First Audio Sample Posted Online". 15 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b Devores, Courtney (18 May 2012). "Kill Devil Hill: A rocker's dream creates a new band". Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on 9 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Adrenaline Mob and Kill Devil Hill Team Up for U.S. Tour in May". Guitar World. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  5. ^ "KILL DEVIL HILL Parts Ways With Drummer VINNY APPICE, Recruits JOHNNY KELLY". March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "KILL DEVIL HILL Returns To Studio". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2015-04-09. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  7. ^ "John Exall". Facebook. Retrieved 25 July 2015.

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