|Review: Cobra Spell - Love Venom|
Year released: 2020
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: June 30, 2021
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)
This is a band featuring ex-members of bands like Burning Witches, Burning Starr, and Silver Talon coming together to aim for a sound that hits like a forgotten EP from the early '80s, when a lot of European bands were mixing NWOBHM with sleazy hard rock. This sounds exactly like you would expect from the cover art, and I have to give the band credit for hitting exactly what they were aiming at. This is not quite as anthemic as I was expecting, and while "Poison Bite" and "Shake Me" are hooky headbang fests, not all of this is as memorable as I wanted it to be. The title track drags a bit, and vocalist Alexx Panza is triple-and quadruple-tracked to the point where it can be hard to tell what he sounds like. I can tell this band is on to something and has talent to burn, so I will be interested to see where they go.
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