It has been quite a few years since KING KOBRA last released an album. Band leader Carmine Appice gathered original members David Michael Philips (guitars), Johnny Rod (bass) and Mick Sweda (guitars) and decided to make a new album. For the singer’s spot they recruited Paul Shortino (ex-ROUGH CUTT, QUIET RIOT)… A very good choice when you make a hard rock record. But is KING KOBRA’s comeback a hard rocking album? Yes, it is. And an excellent one, I might add. The opener “Rock this House” starts fast and furious with a party feel. What an excellent start to the album! “Turn up the Good Times” goes on in the same manner; Party, party! Things cool down a bit with “Live Forever”; a fantastic mid tempo melodic rocker. Next up is “Tear Down the Walls” and I can tell you that the 80s are back! We get another fast hard rocker in “This is How we Roll” and the party keeps going! “Midnight Woman” is another highlight! “We Got a Fever” is an excellent bluesy hard rocking tune and we’re back to the party mood with “Top of the World”. Good stuff! “You Make it Easy” is a melodic hard rock masterpiece. Wow! It is time for another mid tempo melodic rocker in “Crying Turns to Rain”. Next up is “Screamin’ for More”. Need I say more? The song title says it all… The last song “Fade Away” is a beautiful ballad. To sum it all up: the songs are excellent, the band and Paul Shortino are on top form. The result is a great hard rocking album. Every hard rocker should get a copy. Absolutely great stuff!
8,5/10 Kostas Rigas