King Kobra – King Kobra II

King Kobra – King Kobra II
Frontiers Records
This album by hard rocking supergroup King Kobra, a somewhat overlooked band that was a lot better than many bands back in the day, still rocks a lot harder now than many of their contemporaries. Perhaps it’s because of the reunion of four of the original members; guitarists David Michael-Philips and Mick Sweda, bassist Johnny Rod, and drumming legend/founder Carmine Appice. Enlisting the prodigious vocal talents of Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), the power is unleashed full throttle from the first chords of “Hell On Wheels” and does not let up throughout the CD. Songs like “Have A Good Time” and “The Crunch” are good time hard rock party tunes. “Don’t Keep Me Waiting” is one of those fist pumping songs that will test how many calcium deposits you have in your neck. “Take Me Back” is a blues-edged power ballad that flat out scorches. Definitely not a band short on talented players, the boys are all in top form here, with plenty of powerful riffs, blistering solos, thundering rhythms and soaring but gritty vocal work. It is an effort that makes you hope there will be more to come from these guys, because none have them have lost their ability to flat out rock. – MW

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