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Kobra And The Lotus - 2015 Words Of The Prophets (Covers EP)

ARTIST: Kobra And The Lotus
ALBUM: Words Of The Prophets (Covers EP)
LABEL: Titan Music
SERIAL: 90005
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Brittany 'Kobra' Paige - vocals, piano * Jasio Kulakowski - lead and rhythm guitar * Brad Kennedy - bass * Bill Hudson - guest guitars * Adam Brown - guest drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lay It On The Line * 02 Sign Of The Gypsy Queen * 03 Black Velvet * 04 Let It Ride * 05 The Spirit Of Radio



Something different from 2015, but then again, something familar. Here's a five-tracker from Canadian metallers Kobra And The Lotus, featuring the excellent Brittany Paige on vocals. From Calgary Alberta, this band have been around since 2009, and have released three full-length albums up till now. 'Words Of The Prophets' was released an a Covers EP in August 2015, and I was quite impressed listening to this, which sounds like Heart doing modern hard rock. Shocked? Don't be. Brittany has definitely listened to Ann Wilson's back-catalog by the sound of it (she's classically trained), and the band sound very polished as a result. The five songs here are all covers. We'll get to that as we go through each of them. The band originally lived in heavy metal land, based on those aforementioned three albums. Whether they continue to do so, or perhaps head down a commercial track a la Halestorm remains to be seen.

The Songs
Loving the first two tracks already. 'Lay It On The Line' is a version of the Triumph staple, and this has energy and power of the original. Well done! 'Sign Of The Gypsy Queen' is a cover of April Wine's version from their 1981 set 'The Nature Of The Beast'. I definitely love KATL's version for sure, which is a bit kick ass. Alannah Myles' 'Black Velvet' is next up, and this song has probably been done to death by many female fronted acts in the past. It wouldn't be Canadian if BTO weren't covered, and 'Let It Ride' is given a fantastic rollicking, and so it is here by Brittany and the team. Love it! Attempting a version of the Rush classic 'The Spirit Of Radio' is ambitious to say the least, but hot damn, I'm impressed. As I was when I saw an 8 year old kid bashing this out on drums on You Tube. Neal Peart out your heart out.

In Summary
Based on this, I might go and head back and listen to their earlier material. Will be interested to see what direction they take. If it's a more commercial direction, GDM will be more than keen to give these Canucks a push in the right direction. Worth seeking out! [word count 366]

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