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Kobra And The Lotus - Prevail I album review

Heavy fuckin’ metal and then some

Cover art for Kobra And The Lotus - Prevail I album

When it comes to sheer, epic power Canadians Kobra And The Lotus are surely up there with the best of them. Symphonic in feel and absolutely rock solid on the songwriting front, this fourth outing is an irony-free blast of pure metallic abandon from start to finish, part one of a double opus where melody is king – or should that be queen? – and naked ambition rules.

Nowhere is this more apparent than on the majestic Manifest Destiny where classically trained Kobra Paige unleashes an otherworldly vocal performance of gob-smacking scale and poise – it’s the highpoint of a set positively studded with power-metal fuelled gems such as Specimen X (The Mortal Chamber), TriggerPulse, the defiant title track and the stunning Check The Phyrg, which could possibly be the sound of a thousand armour-clad, axe-wielding berserkers on horseback thundering towards victory. Go on, throw yourself beneath their hooves, you know you want to.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.