King Kobra – King Kobra [2011]

Country USA          Style Hard Rock

Rating 86/100

Band Members
Carmine Appice – Drums, Percussion, Vocals, David Michael-Philips – Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals, Johnny Rod – Bass, Mick Sweda – Guitars, Paul Shortino – Vocals, Guitar

Tracks
01. Rock This House, 02. Turn Up The Good (Times), 03. Live Forever, 04. Tear Down The Walls, 05. This Is How We Roll, 06. Midnight Woman, 07. We Got A Fever, 08. Top Of The World, 09. You Make It Easy, 10. Cryin’ Turns To Rain, 11. Screamin’ For More, 12. Fade Away

PROFILE

American hard rock/glam metal supergroup “King Kobra” have returned with an album that reaches incredible artistic height. Experienced fans of the genre would probably know that the record label behind this release (“Frontiers Records”) would make sure that the album is of high quality; so yes you do get tons of hard rocking guitar riffs,twin guitar melodies, thunderous drumming and large choruses and though most fans would be content with all that (including myself),”King Kobra” completely overshadow the technical aspect mentioned previously simply because the delivered above all an album with a PERSONALITY of its own.

All performances are great, still they seem like a minor detail when considering that the band have managed to artistically express themselves to the maximum; The evidence supporting this point of view is that every song on the album has its own essence, hence delivering an entirely different atmosphere that affects directly the mood of the listener. “Rock this house” is the frenetic opening rocker, “Turn up the good times” is the dizzy, groovy rollercoaster, “Live forever” is the melodic/relaxing rocker, “This is how we roll” delivers the intensity of a live performance, “Tear down the walls” is the absolute devastating protest song, “Midnight woman” is the sexual side of “King Kobra” while the powerful/melodic “Top of the world” holds the very essence of social accomplishment. And the list indeed goes on! You can rely on the fact that the material sounds as classic as the above titles suggest.

“King Kobra” have returned in their original line up (except one)featuring ever-present leader and drum legend Carmine Appice (ex-Ozzy, ex “Blue Murder”) lead guitarists David Henzerling (“Big Cock”,ex-“Keel”) and Mick Sweda (“Bullet Boys”), bassist Johnny Rod(ex-“W.A.S.P.”) and new entry tremendous hard rock singer Paul Shortino (ex-“Rough Cutt” ex-“Quiet Riot”) who literally puts on the performance of his life. I always felt that the man had one of the most powerful and expressive voices on the planet yet I have been waiting for that landmark album from him and sure enough he delivered today with “King Kobra”.

I can honestly say that I have not connected with an album so strongly in 2011 as with this self titled “King Kobra” album. This self titled album is supported by no promo videos, not even cover artwork, nor an album title-but it is unmistakably a revelation! If you are a fan of “King Kobra” you have probably already ordered this; for hard rock enthusiast that are new to the band I would recommend it to absolutely anyone particularly if you are looking for a new album that sounds like late-80s “Whitesnake”.

By Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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