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Once Kobra sinks her fangs into you, it’s likely you’ll feel the effects for some time.

Kobra And The Lotus is a Canadian heavy metal band playing their own brand of NWOBHM-influenced metal. The band was formed in 2009 by singer/songwriter Kobra Paige and their first album ‘Out Of The Pit’ came out in 2010 garnering lots of positive reaction. This self titled album is their second release…

Like an attacking snake, the music here strikes hard and fast. ’50 Shades Of Evil’ fires up with an intense swirling melody leading into the most furious thrash riff and some frantic drumming. There are lots of roars from the Paige along with her raucous lyrics. ‘Welcome To My Funeral’ has a slightly gothic intro before reverting to a chugging progression that sounds like a speeding steam train. There is lots of wailing from Paige during the verse as well as the chorus which is pretty catchy. The closer ‘Aria Of Karmika’ sounds symphonic with a grand intro of piano and violins. Suddenly a charging riff crashes in as the arrangements continue to soar behind rising to a memorable chorus with yet more strong vocals from Paige. One of the most infectious songs is ‘No Rest For The Wicked’. An eastern sounding melody explodes into the most colossal quick fire riff which will have the mosh pit in an absolute frenzy. But one song that stands out more than most is ‘Deliver One’. Clapping hands and vocal roars team up with a massive progression before erupting into a Maiden like gallop. The overall sound becomes a bit crunchier before melting into a real fist pumping chorus. All the songs have quality but these last two really stick in the head and you might find both on repeat.

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This album is nothing short of a relentless metal onslaught. It’s fast, it’s heavy, it’s ferocious, and it rocks! This is an excellent heavy metal release just full of attitude. When it comes to style and sound think the likes of a female fronted Iron Maiden, Dio, Saxon or Iced Earth. Paige puts on a powerhouse performance vocally, and she has a massive range and some varied styles to suit different moments. There is certainly something of a similarity between Paige and Doro Pesch. Whilst she is the undisputed star, Timothy Vega and Jasio Kulakowski on the guitars certainly push her close. The axe work from both is stellar and they really tear the speakers apart regardless of whether the riff is floor cracking heavy or maniacally fast. The rest of the band provides an exhausting and thundering foundation. The production is first class and gives a highly professional finish which is no mean feat considering the immense amount of sound being projected.

Anyone who likes their metal straight up with a little NWOBHM twist will find that Kobra And The Lotus will tick all the boxes. A top draw heavy metal release with classic influences fuelling its sound. Once Kobra sinks her fangs into you, it’s likely you’ll feel the effects for some time.

Dave Scott

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