Saturday 30 July 2022

Cobra Whip - ...Must Die (EP Review)


Release Date: July 06th 2022. Record Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

…Must Die  - Tracklisting

1.Pleasin' of The Witch 02:59

2.Outlaw Thunder Cult 04:01

3.Cobra Whip 04:14

4.Bring Out The Gimp 03:25

5.Hot For Preacher 02:27

6.Speedball Billy 04:23


Andrew Petkovic - Vocals, Guitars

Austin LoBiondo - Guitars

Corey Pettingill - Bass

Brendan Burns - Drums


…Must Die is the debut EP from Southern Metal/Stoner Rockers Cobra Whip. Playing a fast-paced and rebellious slice of Southern Metal with that modern day Hard Rock sound. Their debut EP is quite intense from the start with aggressive grooves and catchy vocals with the band keeping that “Southern” flavour with a Hardcore Punk Rock edge.

Cobra Whip features three members of sadly defunct Southern/Stoner Metal outfit Wasted Theory who released some acclaimed albums within the underground scene a few yeas back. So it's good seeing Andrew, Brendan and Corey making new music under a new creative outlet with Austin joining them on this new journey.

This isn’t the most groundbreaking of releases but Cobra Whip are a great band in playing a familiar and easy-going style of Southern Metal/Stoner Metal that has a fantastic sense of “bravado” within the core members of the band have such a fun time on this release. Coming across like a more accessible version of Every Time I Die with Black Label Society style guitars.

Throw in some classic ZZ-Top and Thin Lizzy classic rock sounds and Cobra Whip are a highly energetic bunch that know how to write a great riff that crackles with Stoner Rock/Metal excitement. Songs such as: Pleasin' Of The Witch, Outlaw Thunder Cult, Cobra Whip and Speeball Billy will show the listener a damn good time with the Southern Rock Outlaw sensibility that almost veers into NOLA Rock territory.

…Must Die is a deliriously entertaining ride full of great riffs and showing a terrific Punk Rock attitude that makes Cobra Whip definitely worth your time.

Words by Steve Howe


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