Metal Review – Black Cobra – Invernal (2011)

Black Cobra - InvernalThe devastating duo of Rafa Martinez and Jason Landrian are back with Black Cobra’s latest effort, titled Invernal. The sound is raw, crushing and unrelenting. It will be released on October 11, 2011 via Southern Lord and it is one that you should check out.

Invernal opens up with the bone crushing track, Avalanche and ends with the aptly titled Obliteration. It seems like each songs is heavier than the last, so if you are looking for some heavy tunes, look no further. I know that there will be a nice sized audience for this release.

Southern Lord is proud to present the new opus from The Bay Area’s devastating duo BLACK COBRA.

Formed by drummer Rafa Martinez (ex-16, ex-Acid King) and guitarist/vocalist Jason Landrian (ex-Cavity), BLACK COBRA catapulted themselves onto the scene in 2001 with their ravenous, upbeat and ultimately unique style of punk/hardcore-fueled sludge metal. They were picked up almost immediately by indie At A Loss Recordings becoming the band’s label home for the release of their debut full-length, Bestial, and follow-up album, Feather And Stone. By 2009, with the band then virtually a household name to the tens of thousands of fans who’ve seen their flooring live performances over the years, BLACK COBRA signed with juggernaut Southern Lord Recordings for the release of Chronomega.

For the recording of Invernal, the band’s second release for Southern Lord Recordings, BLACK COBRA recently ventured across the continent to pound out their anticipated new album. The thunderous album was recorded in eight days this past July at Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou’s God City Studio and mastered by John Golden (Neurosis, Melvins, Weedeater, countless more). The theme to the entire record is based on a post-apocalyptic trek to a nuclear infested and mutated Antarctica, inspired in part by the treks of English researcher Ernest Shackleton. This is BLACK COBRA’s most honed and diversified material to date, and will definitely tear your face off completely.

A rigorous amount of touring will continually be announced through the rest of 2011 and well into the new year.

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