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Black Cobra - Chronomega (9/10) - USA - 2009

Genre: Sludge Doom
Label: Southern Lord Recordings
Playing time: 38:00
Band homepage: Black Cobra


  1. Negative Reversal 
  2. Machine
  3. Catalyst
  4. Chronosphere 
  5. Zero Point Field 
  6. Lightning In His Hand
  7. Storm Shadow
  8. Glacies En Spiritu 
  9. Nefarian Triangle

It's nice to see that in today's mumble jumble of exponential growth in musical genres and mixtures and whatever other shit people come up with there still are people who pick up some basic equipment, tune it up and start making good old decent and interesting music quite up to the traditional Heavy Metal standard. To think that most people have forgotten the extreme giants that they worship and most people forget that the music they are doing is cloaked as a homage to a certain artist, but ends up being a wipe-ass clone of a clone that copies and disgraces whatever it was meant to render homage to in the first place! Here we have a different approach to today's "modernisms", as I like to call them. BLACK COBRA is the name of a fairly new Doom/Sludge band from the states, which like to play their music straightforward, simple, but so complex when it comes to the final product in atmosphere that exits the recording machine. Let's take a closer look at what we have here.

The jumpy and syncopic attitude of this album is only surpassed by its heaviness and steamroller attitude when it comes to unleashing songs full of eagerness and force into your ear. What can be said about the overall atmosphere, firstly, is that it's heavy, post-apocalyptic and chaotic. Now the chaos that is created here is not to be compared with the impossible to listen to "math-core" or "chaos-core" crap that we get from various artists I will not enlist here for the sake of being discrete. Okay, PSYOPUS or DESPISED ICON, there you go. The chaos we get here is a kind of "mesotes" between the two extremes of the industrial GODFLESH and the metric monsters MESHUGGAH. Mesotes, being Greek and meaning "the middle", is a term from Aristotle's "Ethics", which defines the "good" as being not in the extreme, but as a middleman between two extremes. Whether that is or is not appealing is another question, important is that BLACK COBRA represent elements of both sides. "Chronomega" is as ruthlessly progressive as it is pounding and fierce. Remember "Streetcleaner" or "Destroy Erase Improve"? This album takes those two, mixes them in a blender, adds a little bit BLACK SABBATH flavour and spits out a machine of war and human suffering. The album itself, not sounding too modern and overfilled with annoying effects and synth crap, manages to make a very solid use of the electrica effects that are sometimes present.

This is one of those albums that you can just place inside your CD-player or enlist into winamp or whatever program you use, relax and just let that negative influence from the outer world flow out of you, while you try to recreate yourself in any activity you normally do. Grad yourself a cup of joe, do some sports, be creative and let this album work its influence on you. Recommended for fans of the old and new, virtually anybody who enjoys a pounding, straight album without any fancy gimmicks.

(Online January 26, 2010)

Aris Stefanov

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