I have seen BLACK COBRA live a few times and did not get em at first……It’s weird how sometimes a band will make a HUGE impression on you live then fall flat with recorded music or vice versa. I never felt like this band really moved me live, not terrible just never really left an impression on me. So… I never bought any of their music. This album however has already caught my attention. There are a lot of innovative elements here, and I love writing about bands that don’t compel me to compare them to other bands……Cause I can honestly not think of any band that sounds like this! And with bands in the “heavy music” realm, that is quite a feat. With an opening track called “Avalanche” its hard to go wrong. Not overly down tuned, this band brings a new brand of heavy to heavy music. Intricate rhythms that fall somewhere between trash, psychedelic rock with an almost tribal ( not like NEUROSIS or a hippie drum circle…just manic patterns similar to a lot of ethnic/tribal music throughout history).
There is definitely some epic ancestor worship going on here. The second line in “Avalanche”, “Voices calling out through blood and bone”….man that is good. These guys are channeling energy through the past with a mixture of thrash metal, doom metal (though not much of it thank gods) psychedelic rock and even a bit of punk (although more thrash/punk to be specific…). As a whole, there is a lot of good consistency here. The tracks flow in and out amongst each other and are well place…..but even so… they don’t even need to be. BLACK COBRA seem to have put together a collection of songs that are all part of one sonic entity without all sounding the same. Similar in nature without being predictable. Lyrics that reflect the same notion from one song from another without being redundant.
More lyrics that I think are brilliant : From ”The Crimson Blade” –Searching for a time gone by, Shadows conceal impressions, lost into the Night” Backed up by one of their more trashier moments on this album…these lyrics not only speak of a look into the past and depths of humanity, but feel like a commentary of what humanity is now. From “ Beyond” “Lost within this abandoned time, Shadows tearing thoughts away, From Deep within the mind, For a life that may never have been”
I could go on with quoting this band, but I think if yer into these types of themes and concepts you can already see what is going on here. After listening to this more extensively….I can think of two bands that this album makes me think of. BOLT THROWER meets NEUROSIS. In the best possible way….(how could you go wrong with that!?) (Cavewizard) SOUTHERN LORD RECORDINGS