I have been a fan of Paul Shortino since his Rough Cutt days. When I heard he was taking over the vocals duties for the King Kobra reunion, I couldn’t have been happier. I was hopeful that his vocals would help propel King Kobra to new heights. I can happily that say that Shortino’s voice is stronger than ever. His vocals are a good match for King Kobra.
In my opinion, King Kobra’s music has been hit or miss over the years. Their debut album Ready To Strike is still my de facto favorite. The latest effort from King Kobra, doesn’t surpass the debut album, but it is still pretty good. In all reality, it might not be fair to compare this version of King Kobra to the original version as Shortino’s vocals are much different from those of Mark/Marcie Free. If I were to compare this CD to the original releases of Rough Cutt, Shortino’s former band, it stands out extremely well.
“Rock the House” opens the album in fine fashion with a cool party rock anthem. “Turn Up the Good Times” helps deliver that one-two punch. This heavy rocker is the perfect complement to “Rock the House”. King Kobra came firing out of the gate for this CD.
The pace slows down for the song “Live Forever”. The funny thing about “Live Forever” is, if this song was released twenty years ago, it could have been a hit for King Kobra. It might just be the perfect melodic rock tune.
“Tear Down The Walls” was always just a clichéd title from the 80’s. I remember a lot of bands taking a lot of crap for this song title. Nonetheless, King Kobra’s “Tear Down the Walls” does rock.
“Midnight Woman” is a great sing-along tune that won’t get out of my head.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I love the drumming of Carmine Appice. His drum fills on “We Got a Fever” remind me so much of the way he played on the Blue Murder debut. His excellent drumming combined with the awesome riffs from Mick Sweda and David Michael-Phillips make this one enjoyable tune.
It was a minor disappoint to me that the song “Monsters & Heroes” was not on this CD. This is a really cool King Kobra tune that was released last winter. It got quite a bit of play on the Hard Rock Hideout radio show.
Personally, I am quite happy to see these guys back in action. I have been listening to King Kobra, and all of the bands the members of King Kobra have been in for years. From Blue Murder, to W.A.S.P., to Bulletboys, to Rough Cutt, and Big Cock. There are so many great bands that the collective members of King Kobra went on to form. I think it is cool that they all got back together to give us another cool set of tunes to enjoy.
Overall, this is a solid album for King Kobra. I think the band’s long time fans will enjoy it.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Rock This House
2. Turn Up The Good Times
3. Live Forever
4. Tear Down The Walls
5. This Is How We Roll
6. Midnight Woman
7. We Got A Fever
8. Top of the World
9. You Make It Easy
10. Cryin’ Turns To Rain
11. Screamin’ For More
12. Fade Away
Carmine Appice – Drums
David Michael Philips – Guitar
Johnny Rod – Bass
Paul Shortino – Lead Vocals
Mick Sweda – Guitar
Tunnel just posted a killer new song called “Disarray”. It features Scott Hammons, Dave Henzerling and Troy Luccketta from Tesla on drums.
Dave Henzerling, guitarist for the bands Tunnel, King Kobra and Big Cock will be the special guest on the January 27th edition of Hard Rock Hideout Radio.
Tunnel, the new band featuring Dave Henzerling and Scott Hammons from Icon, recently released a new self titled CD, which has been receiving rave reviews across cyberspace.
Dave Henzerling talks about his new band Tunnel, as well as other projects he is working on.
In addition, the January 27th show will feature music from bands that have joined the latest social media craze, Twitter.
Hard Rock Hideout Radio is a weekly radio program at the 100,000 watt KACV FM 90 in Amarillo, TX. The show is broadcast live every Wednesday night from 9 P.M. – 12 A.M. CST and can be listened to online at www.kacvfm.org
Guitarist from King Kobra talks about new project Tunnel!
Dave Henzerling will be the special guest on the Hard Rock Nights radio program January 15-21. Henzerling is best known for his guitar work with King Kobra (as David Michael-Philips) and Big Cock (which also features current Warrant vocalist Robert Mason). He is currently promoting his new project with vocalist Scott Hammons called Tunnel, a heavy-hitting 8-song album that hearkens back to the golden days of 1970s album rock.
Henzerling will discuss the Tunnel album with host JT, as well as the possibility of a new King Kobra record with Paul Shortino on vocals. Henzerling joined Carmine Appice’s Sin City Sinners onstage in December, along with Shortino, to perform the King Kobra classic “Hunger.”
Hard Rock Nights is an internationally syndicated radio program. A full list of stations and air times can be found at http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com/affiliates.
For more information about Tunnel, visit http://www.tunnelonline.net.
I never got the chance to see the band ICON play live. After seeing the clip below, even with its staticky audio, and dizzying video,I think they sound great. I hope this band does some more shows, or at least records some music together.
ICON now features Sheldon Tarsha on vocals as well as Dan Wexler & Dave Henzerling on guitar. Check it out!
Prior, OK, June 27th, 2008 – BIG COCK, The Hardest Band in the Land, has been invited to perform at the second annual Rocklahoma Festival, Saturday July 12th, 2008 – on the Retrospect Stage at 10:30 AM.
BIG COCK has proclaimed themselves the heir-apparent to the rock & roll throne, reverently treading in the footsteps of classic rock bands such as AC/DC, Van Halen and Guns N’ Roses. Delivering a gospel of fast cars, hard-partying, and the trail of a thousand soiled hotel room sheets; Big Cock is coming to put the ROCK in Rocklahoma.
BIG COCK is vocalist Robert “BMF” Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love), guitarist Dave Henzerling (a.k.a. David Michael-Philips – King Kobra, Keel, Lizzy Borden), John “Drum Pulverizer” Covington (Invasion, Rhino Bucket) and bassist Colby.
BIG COCK is supporting their third release MotherLoad, available at Amazon, iTunes, Best Buy and any music store with balls big enough to put BIG COCK in their bins. With over a million combined video views on YouTube along with endless rave reviews worldwide, BIG COCK predicts Saturday July 12 will go down in history as “BIG COCK-lahoma”.
Check out the band’s video, Built For Speed below!