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Black Cobra - Bestial
01. One Nine
02. Thrown From Great Heights
03. El Equis
04. Beneath
05. Omniscient MP3
06. the Cry of Melora
07. Broken on the Wheel
08. Sugar Water
09. El Doce de Octubre
10. Sombra de Bestia
11. Kay-Dur-Twenty
2006 At A Loss Recordings

Reviewed by: Ash Levitt   //   Published: 9/13/2006

Before I say anything else, I need to preface this review with the following statement: The new Black Cobra album Bestial is very good. That said, I hate writing reviews for bands of this style (sludge/stoner/doom/metal/whatever) because it's very hard to get the point across and undoubtedly someone will misconstrue what I'm trying to say.It does an injustice to bands like Black Cobra to try to make only one sub-genre moniker stick, or to say they simply fit in the vein of some other band's style. It's not that cut and dried, and this is not one of those promotional stickers on CDs that says if you like Hatebreed, Pantera, Neil Diamond, and Jay Z, then you'll fucking LOVE Black Cobra!

Regardless, many people just won't be happy unless comparisons are made, so here you go. Black Cobra has former members of 16 and Cavity, and those bands influences are not necessarily lost in the current material. To go a few steps further, Black Cobra embodies the devastating heaviness of Graves at Sea, at times the dirge-like qualities of Electric Wizard, at other times the pissed off punk intensity of Discharge, the riff worship of High on Fire, and the enraged despair of Eyehategod.

Hopefully by now, you're at least in the same ballpark. And if you're familiar with these bands, you should know that Black Cobra does it a little heavier, and with a lot more piss and vinegar. The guitar and bass are tuned down very low, and exhibit a very warm, full, and crushing sound. The drumming is well placed and executed. And the vocals are not spoken or shouted, but full on screamed the whole album. Much of the songs on Bestial revolve around a couple riffs that are subtly explored - variations on a theme, if you will. However, this doesn't mean that it's repetitive. The songs are catchy in a very good way, and there is plenty of variation within the album to beg repeat listens.

Bottom Line: Fans of this style will immediately love this offering, while others may find this is the album that finally allows them to see the light.

xote_   posted 9/18/2006 12:13:15 PM
ex textbook traitors?
moustache_   posted 9/15/2006 9:03:57 AM
"This band sounded nothing like this when I first saw them, which was about three years ago. This intrigues me" - posted by Coldchain : Maybe it was the other "Black Cobra band", now Cobra Noir, from Montreal ...
theaxis_   posted 9/14/2006 8:36:55 PM
love this record so much. it rules a lot
Chuck_   posted 9/14/2006 9:35:58 AM
I love this release. It pulverizes.
xtroyx_   posted 9/13/2006 11:13:05 PM
amazing release.

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