"Serpent's Kiss" (Napalm Records; 2023)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

CobraKill's "Serpent's Kiss" is a sleazy slab of heavy metal noise that brings back the early days of Motley Crue and "Hotter Than Hell"-era Kiss. It's all big, raunchy guitars, snarling vocals and booming bass and drums. Songs titles  such as "Bazooka," "Concrete Jungle" and "Razor Blade" give you an idea bout the band's attitude, while other tracks, such as "Ride My Rocket" and "Same Ol' Nasty Rock'n'Roll" hint at a funner side.

"Serpent's Kiss" sounds like it was recorded somewhere on the Sunset Strip, but after hours when they probably weren't supposed to be there. It's edgy, it's rough, and it's a shitload of fun. My favorite tracks were "Monstrous," the afore-mentioned fist-pumping "Same Ol' Nasty Rock'n'Roll" and the racing "Velvet Snakeskin," but there isn't a slacking track to be found here.

Fans of rowdy, raunchy, rock'n'roll will eat up "Serpent's Kiss."

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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