"Pounding" is a good way to describe the kind of experience the band will give you throughout the album. Straight from the opening of 50 Shades of Evil, the super-charged riffage from Jasio Kulkowski bursts into action with a massive level of urgency and delirious passion. With ease, it sums up the sort of energy and intensity that has fueled metal music since the NWOBHM took charge of the genre in the 1980's.
And despite the obvious reminiscence to the likes of Iron Maiden and Dio, Kobra and the Lotus also manage to make their sound just as up-to-date and relevant as any metalcore band that copies each other can do. The guitar work of Nayana is just as reminiscent of Lamb of God as it is of Iced Earth. It's through the use of breakdowns and Pantera-esque grooves that Forever One and My Life that gives the album the sound of something entirely modern as well as a fitting replica of trad metal.
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If the recent efforts of bands playing in the spirit of their traditional NWOBHM heroes has been viewed as a joke as of late, then Kobra and the Lotus are sure to give that notion a firm booting up the arse. The band effortlessly perform straight on heavy metal without any kind of over-the-top orchestral backdrops or layers of camp cheesiness. What the band deliver is a performance that fits in well with any other metal release from 1983, but still leaps out with a modern depth and relevance. And that's exactly what's required if newly made classic heavy metal is going to be taken seriously.
Kobra and the Lotus' Kobra and the Lotus is out now via Spinefarm. The band will play at Bloodstock Open Air Festival at Catton Hall, Walton on Trent on 12th August.