Out now on Frontiers

Apart from their enjoyable debut, I never followed King Kobra’s career. Looked too much like a boy band to take really seriously. So when I was offered this new album for review, I strapped on my guns and prepared for the worst.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the original lineup preserved (makes it a reunion rather than a blatant attempt to cash in on the name), with the exception of singer Mark Free. But if he’s replaced by a class act like Paul Shortino, I’m not complaining.

This is a kick ass hard rock album, from the roaring opener “Hell On Wheels”, over the bar room boogie of “Have A Good Time” to the funky “When The Hammer Comes Down”, every song has swagger and attitude.  “Knock Them Dead” is a beefed up Rainbow tune, with Shortino doing his best smoky JLT. It’s not the only track that shows the influence of Ritchie’s band either, as “Running Wild” demonstrates. “Got It Coming” is as close as they get to a big power ballad.

Killer guitar playing, great harmonies and hooks, mad man Appice on drums… What’s not to like?

I’ll need to dig deeper in these guys’ back catalog methinks.

Get this album!

Rating – 90%
Review by Sancho


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