Review: Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail I

709_KATL_RGB.jpgWritten by Rainer Kerber

Canada is the home of many outstanding rock and metal bands – Rush, Bachmann Turner Overdrive, Nickelback, Saga – to name but a few. In this illustrious circle Kobra and the Lotus from Calgary (province of Alberta) are also seamlessly integrated. Founded in 2009, only the eponymous Kobra Paige remains from the original line-up. The classically trained singer with the blonde lion’s mane has always managed to gather outstanding musicians around her. In November 2015, the band launched a crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMusic to produce the double album Prevail. The self-imposed goal was far overfilled. Part 1 of the album is finished and released in May of this year.

After a short intro the opener ‘Gotham’ starts with punchy drums and banging guitars. You can immediately hear that the Canadians this time also attach importance to great, sometimes playful melodies. For me one of the highlights of the album is the anthemic ‘You Don’t Know.’ That Kobra and the Lotus can still rock out properly, which they show in ‘Specimen X (The Mortal Chamber),’ ‘Hell On Earth’ or the instrumental ‘Check The Phyrg.’ In contrast to this is the beautiful power ballad ‘Light Me Up.’

With their third album, Kobra and the Lotus present themselves visibly matured. The partially mercilessly straight forward high speed metal of previous albums has given way to a sophisticated and varied song writing. The vocal performance of frontwoman Kobra Paige is beyond any doubt, which can also be said by her colleagues of the rhythm section. With this album, the musicians will surely win a lot of new fans without scaring off the old ones. Prevail I represents for me the previous high point of the musical creativity of the band. I’m already looking forward to the shows in the fall as support for Beyond the Black. 9/10

 

Lineup:

Kobra Paige – Vocals
Jasio Kulakowski – Guitars
Brad Kennedy – Bass
Marcus Lee – Drums

Label: Napalm Records

Out: May 12th 2017

Duration: 45:36

Track list:

  • Gotham
  • TriggerPulse
  • You Don’t Know
  • Specimen X (The Mortal Chamber)
  • Light Me Up
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Victim
  • Check The Phyrg
  • Hell On Earth
  • Prevail
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