Cobrakill – Serpent’s Kiss (Frontiers Music)

Friday, 19th January 2024
Rating: 7.5 / 10

Hokay, so!! Let’s take a trip in the way back machine, yeah? Cobrakill is back with album number two Serpent’s Kiss coming via Frontiers Music. Now, let’s be clear here, okay? This record sounds like it should have been released in 1989. So, is that good or bad?

Glad you asked. For me personally I found it very hard to get through the first few times. That’s why my rule is never to write a single word until I’ve listened to an album three times front to back. There are records I hated, then wound up loving on that all-important third spin. Actually, the music found here sounded very much like a tape I would have purchased at Record Collection, my favorite place in high school. The manager Neil used to hook us up with albums before street date, like Judas Priest – Painkiller or Def Leppard – Adrenalize.

And I can see him sliding this across the counter to me with his trademark, “you love this stuff!” grin. Again, he wouldn’t have been wrong with The Maestro at 16 or 17. Unfortunately a lot of this stuff falls flat. Hell, the highlight for me was an unexpected cover of “Silent Running,” (originally done by Mike and the Mechanics) which was honestly very well done.

Beyond that I didn’t get much to sink my teeth into except for “Monstrous” (the favorite), opener “Above the Law”, and “Velvet Snakeskin”. Listen, the guys are all very talented, it’s just that the music didn’t really get me going. But hey, I guarantee you that someone will be going nuts on release day. So enjoy!!

Standout Tracks: “Monstrous”, “Silent Running”

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