There are certain of us who love rock n roll, and a certain amount of others that have deemed the genre dead. Fortunately I am not one of them. I have, however, seen a distinct change to the sound of loud guitars and when done right, a properly placed synth can bring an element to the overall sound that is a welcome addition. With that said, there really is no sweeter clang than guitars, bass, and drums. This collusion and movement of air is showcased extremely well on latest the Sweet Cobra offering entitled Earth.
Earth brings a sticky, dingy, movie theater floor in Candyland vibe with bottom end hooks that will embed themselves like sugary icepicks right behind the ear. Produced by both Matt Talbot of the legendary Hum, and Kurt Ballou of the equally legendary Converge, both of these influences provide a foundation for that serrated, dull, sound with a pop sensibility layered just underneath all that rage.
Album opener “Far Too Temp” is a pounding, rain storm of low-end that will make you move your entire body only augmented by a sing along chorus. “Complaints” is a short, loud, banger awash in distorted, corn syrupy guitar. “Repo” slows it down a bit with a head-bopping ditty that might be the most radio-friendly song the band offers on the record. As much as I love a great metal song, this is a welcome change and very much showcases the bands songwriting ability. “Stiff Fits” is a dance club in the Florida swamp… and so on.
The last song on the record, “Walls”, is a 6 minute opus sounding as beautiful as a chorus of angels that collectively swallowed a box of nails and could be the best song on the record as it builds a bridge from anthemic to dirge in a matter of seconds.
You can hear the brown of Lake Michigan, and their hometown of Chicago in between Sweet Cobra’s breath. The band is the real deal and definitely worth a hard listen.
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