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King Kobra

King Kobra

Review by Larry Toering

King Kobra are back with a killer disc on Frontier Records that proves they were a force to reckon with all along. It's full of everything a rock album today should be, as it goes from AOR friendly to hard rocking  classics. From “Rock This House” to “Fade Away,” it's a ride worth taking over and over. This is so good it might even call for a mandatory follow up.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2011  Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Rock This House

The title pretty much speaks for itself here, and rock it does, at a frantic pace.

Turn Up The Good Times

This takes things an appropriate step further, with awesome guitar and drums all over the place. It really is a killer track.

Live Forever

A groove instantly kicks in, unlike heard on the previous two numbers. This is an AOR cut with a very bluesy feel, but still rocking.

Tear Down The Walls

Keyboards help this one along, and more of the same is carried out with huge vocals and a superb chorus that is sung beautifully. It just get better as it goes. I love this, it has that AOR vibe, but almost of the prog variety.

This Is How We Roll

Things get super heavy here. This one is all over the place with raunchy vocals and a pounding rhythm section and searing guitar.

Midnight Woman

Getting back on track, this is more like it. This is another brilliant track with a well written lyric and more awesome drumming from Carmine Appice.

We Got A Fever

This is wild, a totally cool guitar and vocal spar drives the whole thing along with an “easy on the ears” beat that won't quit. It’s very hot!

Top Of The World

This is another super heavy one here with a lot of clever modern touches. This one keeps things moving and grooving. I like it just as much as anything on the disc. If I had one disappointment it would be that it's too short.

You Make It Easy

This maintains the thickness with another hard rocking cut in the same vein as the last track, so it goes together well. I really like this one with the best of them here, especially the lovely acoustic motif and the vocals.

Crying Turns To Rain

We get an acoustic intro before a soulful ballad is born, and a killer one it is. This is easily one of the three best tracks.

Screaming For More

The drums lead this one with ferocity and Appice backs another hot vocal with the usual bells and whistles found throughout. This is yet another awesome tune.

Fade Away

Things end with more acoustic touches on this great ballad. It’s of the same caliber King Kobra often presents.

 
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