KOBRA AND THE LOTUS
Title: Prevail I
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 12 May 2017
After three years Kobra and the Lotus return with their best release to date, “Prevail 1” is a diverse and captivating Album that will surprise and enthral you from start to finish.
As Kobra herself explains about this their fourth Album:
“When we are born, we are innocent, pure, and unshaped. This mandala signifies a human at the beginning of its journey. Unscathed and beautiful, the mandala is each one of us. As this album unfolds, you will notice it’s more than just music. ‘Prevail I’ is a story of visceral truth and I believe, if we’re really being honest with ourselves, everyone will find their story within it. After all, the battles may differ, but we all started as the same mandala and we are more relatable than we’d like to admit. Our only wish is that you may enjoy the freaking crap out of this album and find comfort in realizing you’re not alone.”
“Gotham” opens this exquisite work of art ,this song has been released already and played live so fans will know what to expect, it’s crunching no nonsense killer tuneage has your blood pumping fast as you sing yourself hoarse and delight in the guitar mastery from Jasio Kulakowski and the vocal might of Kobra. You continue to feel your heart racing as the divine “Trigger Pulse” bombards you with its dynamic tones, the first two songs will leave you stunned and enthralled , this feeling continues unabated with the heart felt and deeply meaningful “You Don’t Know Me” a song I can relate to, where people judge you and go out of their way to fuck you up with false accusations and lies as they work through their own jealousy and insecurity, I think this is probably my favourite track , yes, it’s the softest song on the album here but one I will keep returning to , and I can imagine having seen Kobra live that this song will be amazing .
“Specimen X “(Mortal Chamber) thunders out of your speakers as Brad Kennedy (bass) and Marcus Lee (drums) make their mark on your being, the Guitar solo from Jasio is intense and sumptuous. Kobra punches you in the throat with her amazing vocal ranges , this is top class Metal Album made for the twenty first century , massive in delivery ,with raw emotion that continues to impress as you delve deeper and deeper into this killer release. “Light Me Up” is a hard-rocking anathematic number that sends shivers through you it’s simply superb with musicianship that bewitches you " Manifest Destiny " has a huge chorus and another spell binding vocal delivery from Paige, this woman is so damn talented she oozes passion and infects you with her Metal fervour.
“Victim” builds into crescendo that becomes a full on horns in the air head shaking delivery and like all of the tracks on this monstrosity the lyrics hit a nerve apart from “Check The Phyrg” where the band let loose on a heroic death defying instrumental, like a battering ram, we are welcomed into heavy as hell drumming, with guitar mastery that would make Michael Schenker jealous smashing your face in, with some top notch soloing.
“Hell on Earth” shakes your being as you sing the chorus and bang that head damn hard as the kick ass riffs and Devilish Drumming batter you senseless! Final song “Prevail” is a Metallic Meltdown and a war cry of intent! It wraps up what has to be another highlight of 2017 so far.
Simply put…This album is magnificent from start to finish, we will be waiting with Bated breath for the follow up to “Prevail 1” Kobra And The Lotus are a must see live ,and this latest piece of work will surely see the Band ready to climb to the highest of heights in the scene!
Review: Seb Di Gatto Score :9.8/10
3. You Don’t Know
4. Specimen X (Mortal Chamber)
5. Light Me Up
6. Manifest Destiny
8. Check The Phyrg
9. Hell On Earth
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is:
Kobra Paige (vocals)
Jasio Kulakowski (guitars)
Brad Kennedy (bass)
Marcus Lee (drums)