Monday 30 October 2017

Year Of The Cobra - Burn Your Dead (EP Review)

Release date: October 27th 2017. Label: Magnetic Eye Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Burn Your Dead - Tracklisting

1.Cold 06:23
2.The Descent 04:30
3.Burn Your Dead 04:00
4.The Howl 06:45
5.And They Sang... 03:52


Amy: Vocals + Bass + Keys
Jon: Drums


Seattle Doom Duo - Year Of The Cobra (YOTC) return with another earthly doom driven EP. Burn Your Dead carries on where their spellbinding debut album left off. With the band creating bass driven riffs. The overall tone of the EP is quite gloomy and atmospheric in parts. Amy's vocals have a more blues rock appeal but the music is still gloomy and heavy throughout.

Opening track - Cold - starts very slowly but soon gathers pace with a haunting piano being played along with Jon & Amy's drum and bass sound. The gloomy soundclips offer a different doom perspective to the band's overall sound. Partially psychedelic at times as the song races to an exciting creepy finish.

Second track - The Descent - starts slowly again with a cool and cold sounding instrumental sound before YOTC turn up the volume with a bass-heavy doom style sound. Amy's vocals are impressive again, as she creates a nineties sounding alt-rock/doom/gothic sound.

Third track - Burn Your Dead - sees YOTC - play a faster style of doom and sludge rock. It has a more experimental punk rock atmosphere with the vocals being less restrained than the other tracks on the EP. The final two songs - The Howl & And They Sang... - sees YOTC expanding their musical range yet again. With different sounds being played and merged into a more settled doom rock/metal rhythm.

It's good to see YOTC creating songs with their individual feel and identity. All of the songs sound very different to each other. The Howl is perhaps the standout track on the EP. As YOTC combine vintage seventies doomy riffs with a familiar and modern sounding grunge vibe.

Overall, YOTC have excelled themselves yet again with this EP. It's a fantastic sounding EP that sees the band experiment with their sound and I'm kinda excited to see where the band goes from here. I applaud the band for using different sounds and vocals on this EP. 

Burn Your Dead is a superb release and will no doubt go down a storm with their established fanbase and perhaps even attract a few more new fans along the way.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Jadd at Magnetic Eye for the promo. Bury Your Dead is now available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl via Magnetic Eye Records.


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