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Cobrakill: Serpent's Kiss
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Cobrakill: Serpent's Kiss

Traditional Heavy Metal Rock
4.5/5.0

Arriving from the bountiful German metal underground, Cobrakill was conceived a mere four years ago in North Rhine-Westphalia. In the same year the quintet dropped their debut EP, Cobrakill. Two years later they presented their single Electrifier, which would lead to their first long player, Cobrator, an independent relase (Which in turn would be distributed by DDR Music Company and Poland's short-lived Iron Oxide Records). Fortune favors hard working DIY efforts. Cobrakill was signed to Frontiers Music label for their sophomore effort, Serpent's Kiss.

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For Cobrakill, old school is the new school. The band allows us to remember the significance and continuing viability of traditional heavy metal. They mention influences such as Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest, W.A.S.P., and RATT. They sometimes remind me of a hybrid of RATT and an obscure Christian metal band from Sacramento, First Strike. More so, a blend of Sunset Strip and NWoBHM.


Speaking to their metal, Cobrakill delivers twin guitar driven traditional heavy metal wrapped up rock rhythm and groove, song melody, and clean lead vocals reinforced by gang background vocals. This formula is self-evident with Bazooka, the sleazy Ride My Rocket, Razor Blade, and Torture Me. They rev up the hard rock groove with radio and arena ready rocker, Same Ol' Nasty Rock N' Roll. It may remind some readers of Motley Crue (and dig those gang vocals).

Cobrakill can mellow in almost AOR way with Silent Running and Seventeen, perhaps the closest thing to a ballad. Kudos to the strong rhythm section within Monstrous, especially the bass line. At first play, I thought the album too long, but things move along quickly. However, if they wanted to go true old school, they could shave off three songs, then drop the album on vinyl.

All in all, with Serpent's Kiss, Cobrakill delivers a well-crafted and well-played album of classic, twin guitar-driven, heavy metal rock in the best American and NWoBHM tradition. Strap on your sleeveless denim cut with band patches and rock the f*ck out. Easily recommended.


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The Take Away

All in all, with Serpent's Kiss, Cobrakill delivers a well-crafted and well-played album of classic, twin guitar-driven, heavy metal rock in the best American and NWoBHM tradition. Strap on your sleeveless denim cut with band patches and rock the f*ck out. Easily recommended.

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