Album Review: Black Cobra – “Imperium Simulacra”

Black Cobra - Imperium Simulacra

California’s Black Cobra have steamrolled through four albums of Eyehategod dense sludge and the military strict march of High On Fire, but with more energy than the both of them. On their fifth full length, Imperium Simulacra, the band retains their venom but returns from a 4 1/2 year gap showing a level of maturity only hinted to this point. This is as far from their caustic debut Bestial the band has ventured with slow builds, bluesy bridges and a larger focus on melody. But make no mistake, at the end of the day this is still the same Black Cobra. Continue reading

Initial Descent: February 26, 2016

anthrax band

Awws, look at how grey Scott Ian’s dumb goatee is now. If it weren’t so stupid, it’d be kind of adorable. Anyway, it’s Friday, and a packed one at that. Loads and loads of new releases to get to this week, not just from Anthrax, but also VoivodDeströyer 666 and a ton more. That’s all outlined below, so let’s not waste any more time than we need to. Here’s what’s on tap for Friday, February 26:
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Concert Review: Corrosion of Conformity, YOB and Black Cobra (November 12, 2015)

COC Bill

Earlier this year Corrosion of Conformity reunited with Pepper Keenan and shows were announced. The only question is why would you not be there? I mean, the shot to get to see them live particularly like this was a no-brainer for me. But this date was particularly special as YOB and Black Cobra were on the bill. Picture perfect union if there ever was one. A true dream bill that more than lived up to what I had been hoping and waiting for. Continue reading

The Nine Circles ov…Black Cobra

Black Cobra

The news of Los Angeles based Black Cobra signing with Season of Mist and working on new material to be released this year is, by now, old. Not much in the way of updates since but with their impending tour with YOB, COC and Brant Bjork, which I am beyond stoked to see, my recent binges of their material have been epic. I felt like sharing some of my favorites. With that said, I bring you the Nine Circles ov… Black Cobra Continue reading