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Black Cobra


12" LP

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Contrary to what some observers may presume, Black Cobra's shift of producer from Bay Area veteran Billy Anderson (High on Fire, Sleep, Los Natas, etc.) to the Salem, Massachusetts-based Kurt Ballou (Converge, Torche, Trap Them, basically the entire universe) for the recording of their fourth album, 2011's Invernal, did practically nothing to tidy up their sound, beyond possibly relinquishing a smidgeon of bottom end. Yet the band's dynamic duo of vocalist/guitarist Jason Landrian and drummer Rafa Martinez do appear ready to explore a few new sonic dynamics of their own volition, no matter who's producing them. So after peeling off a pair of familiarly inexorable riff engines in "Avalanche" and "Somnae Tenebrae," Black Cobra ease off the throttle just so on the excellent "Corrosion Fields" and "The Crimson Blade," then allow themselves an unprecedented amount of time on ensuing tracks "Beyond" and "Erebus Dawn" (six-minutes plus!) to develop ideas and even showcase more melodies amid the still reigning sharp-toothed riffing. The instrumental "Abyss" does feel a tad flat and repetitious following in these songs' tall shadows, but then the closing "Obliteration" wipes the floor with any doubters thanks to what may just be the most violent three minutes of Black Cobra's career. Having said that, it's pretty clear that Black Cobra are neither playing savage for savagery's sake à la Lair of the Minotaur nor being tempted by artier ambitions like a Baroness, and while they may still show an obvious debt to High on Fire, their songs, by and large, are far too memorable in their own right for anyone to confuse inspiration with plagiarism -- especially after nearly a decade of work and four albums this impressive, among which Invernal (with its short and sweet, 40-minute running time, tailor-made for today's short attention spans) stands especially tall.


Southern Lord is proud to present the new opus from The Bay Area s devastating duo Black Cobra. Formed by drummer Rafa Martinez (ex-16, ex-Acid King) and guitarist/vocalist Jason Landrian (ex-Cavity), the band catapulted themselves onto the scene in 2001 with their ravenous, upbeat and ultimately unique style of punk/hardcore-fueled sludge metal. They were picked up almost immediately by indie At A Loss Recordings, becoming the band s label home for the release of their debut full-length, Bestial, and follow-up album, Feather and Stone. By 2009, with the band then virtually a household name to the tens of thousands of fans who ve seen their flooring live performances over the years, Black Cobra signed with juggernaut Southern Lord Recordings for the release of Chronomega, the band s most diverse material to date. For the records of Invernal, the band s second release for Southern Lord Recordings, Black Cobra recently ventured across the continent to pound out their anticipated new album, the follow-up to 2009 s massively well-received Chronomega. This time around, the outfit enlisted the talents of Converge guitarist Kurt Ballaou and his God City Studio in Salem, Massachusetts. After a brutal week-and-a-half in the notorious lair, Cobra hammered out what will soon be known to the world as their almighty fourth full-length album! This is black Cobra s most honed and diversified material to date, and will definitely tear your face off completely. By the time you read this, the duo will have already decimated the fiends at the Power of the Riff Fest that their label put on in August. They also showcased songs from this album at the Music Fest Northwest festival in Portland and supporting High on Fire in Oakland. A rigorous amount of touring will continually be announced throughout the rest of 2011.

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Artist Black Cobra
Track Listing 1 Avalanche - 4:34 2 Somnae Tenebrae - 3:24 3 Corrosion Fields - 5:58 4 The Crimson Blade - 5:15 5 Beyond - 6:13 6 Erebus Dawn - 6:05 7 Abyss [Instrumental] - 5:18 8 Obliteration - 2:45

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