The copyright on Triple Cobra 's Live Fast & Die Beautiful dates this disc three years to 2006. However, this San Francisco glitter/glam hard rock band is getting the push from Just Rock PR here in the States. Triple Cobra is fronted by transvestite-like singer Artiss Ngoval who looks like Marilyn Manson colliding with Iggy Pop (without the muscles) at the L'Oréal counter at Nieman Marcus and sings like Brit Justin Hawkins. Besides the usual bass, drums and rhythm guitar, the band is rounded out by some well-rounded and bodacious backup singers often found wearing feather boas. Promo materials suggest that Triple Cobra's live act is raw, rowdy, and decadently over the top.
Unfortunately, I wish I could be more enthusiastic about Triple Cobra's music. Live Fast & Die Beautiful is B-movie average melodic hard rock lacquered with aforementioned rock and roll decadence, some nasty riffs, and a soft production. Conversely, Triple Cobra is blessed with a strong rhythm section which delivers a steady groove and some great vocal arrangements, especially when the ladies get the push. Ngoval's vocals are solid, but also just as annoying as Justin Hawkins when he goes for the falsetto. Guitar solos are few and far between or often buried in the mix. In the end, only a few songs caught my interest, most notably the better rocking Trash and Little Vice. Otherwise, Live Fast & Die Beautiful is mostly forgettable glam and glitter melodic hard rock with an (hardly novel) androgynous lead vocalist and an outrageous stage show to back it up. I hope it's enough because its been done before.
Triple Cobra's Live Fast & Die Beautiful is mostly forgettable glam and glitter melodic hard rock with a hardly novel androgynous lead vocalist and an outrageous stage show to back it up. I hope it's enough because its been done before.
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