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L.A. Cobra - Superstition Award winner

L.A. Cobra
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 21 September 2022, 10:09 AM

It’s really rare to have in your hands works from African bands. It’s due the fact that social/historical problems and contrasts play a key role on such thing, and maybe the band have a national scene that does not allow the bands to take great flights (the Brazilian scene has the same problem due to economic factors). But from time to time, one African band appears; and from Pretoria, South Africa, comes the quartet L. A. COBRA, unleashing Hell with “Superstition”.

The band has a worked based on Glam Metal acts from the North American 80’s scene as MÖTLEY CRÜE, QUIET RIOT, KISS, DOKKEN, RATT and TWISTED SISTER, what means that they take the heavier and aggressive trend of the genre (and even having some influences that reminds Hard Rock and classic Heavy Metal), but without losing the melodic and hooking grasps of the genre (pay attention to accessibility of “Nothin’ Like a Nemesis” to have a clear idea of what these words are expressing), and some really great hooking choruses can be heard as well. Obviously this trend isn’t new at all, but the quartet shows personality, with melodies and energy flowing in a way that’s hard to resist for the fans of the genre. The sonority of the album is very good, indeed, using a clear and heavier insight to sharp the album’s songs. Everything is sounding defined and their due places, with the right dose of aggressiveness being presented as well, but some instrumental tunes could be presented in a better form, but don’t get the wrong idea, because this fact doesn’t tear apart the album’s value.

This is their third album, album it seems that they used their previous experience to create songs that are really great to hear. But for a first time on the quartet’s music, take a ride on “Strange Desires” (a song that is accessible, but the weight that gives embodiment to it shown on bass guitar and drums is really amazing), “Nothin’ Like a Nemesis” (this one is that kind that uses the energy of Heavy Metal, but without losing its melodic hooks, and what great work is shown on the guitars, both on riffs and solos), “The Star” (this is that old and good accessible song to call the attention of the public, but the weighty approach is evident, and the vocals are really very good), “Untamed” and “I Want More” (these two are really heavier songs filled with many melodic hooks, but it’s really hard to resist to it after the first 10 seconds), “She’s My Prison” (another accessible moment of the album, with silk arrangements tempered by heavy guitars), and “Kill”, and the end, you’ll be hooked.

This album is really very good, and fans can expect great things of L.A. COBRA in the future. For now, just listen to “Superstition” and get addicted!

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Strange Desires
2. Nothin’ Like a Nemesis
3. The Star
4. Superstition
5. Untamed
6. I Want More
7. Chemical Dependency
8. She’s My Prison
9. Inferno
10. Kill
Don Cobra - Vocals, Guitars
Slade - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Ewil Honey - Bass, Backing Vocals
Callie “The Animal” - Drums
Record Label: Golden Robot Records


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Edited 01 February 2023

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