PREVIEW: Black CobraPosted by Gabriel Arguelles
Black Cobra is one of those bands that really seems to love playing Seattle–the Miami-by-way of San Francisco band keeps coming back. They follow the same kind of sludge metal formula as High on Fire to some extent: they’re a doomy band with a clear love of Black Sabbath and the like, but they’re not afraid to play fast. However, the similarities to High on Fire end there.
Black Cobra has their own sound. They produce a heavy, sped-up but tuned-down sludge metal sound with just drummer, Raffa Martinez, and guitarist/vocalist Jason Landrian (a veteran of your humble previewer’s favorite sludge/stoner band, Cavity). They’re a memorable live band that really turns it up to an eleven, and is likely to blow today’s headliners, Pelican, clear off the stage. The new Black Cobra album, Chronomega, is more cleanly produced than their earlier efforts, but not to the point of ruining their sound. Black Cobra is clearly a heavy band to look out for. It won’t be a surprise when they wind up on the next Dethklok tour since that seems to be, Dethklok excluded, the current showcase for America’s best heavy music.
Come check it out, and remember to show up early. This is a rare El Corazon 5pm show.