I first saw Black Cobra open for the Saviours at the Palace at a Sunday show that Chris Baumann put together in the middle-late 2000s. I want to say it was 2009 or something. They were the two-piece group (just drums and guitar) with both guitar and bass gear, and a splitter box that allowed wayyyyy to much brutality to be safe for ears or really anything else. It was in a single word perfect.
When I listen to Black Cobra now, I think a lot of how bands like them and High On Fire who have kind of just brought a full-on game change to the world of metal, with its sometimes ridiculousness, pomposity and occasional dullness. This stuff is just full-tilt, all killer, no filler.The blown out gnarliness of the tunes that Black Cobra turn lose is just not to be misrepresented. If you haven't experienced music like this before, it's like jumping off your first cliff into a river, or sipping your first double IPA or something, man. It's a bracing, wild thing.
Black Cobra play an all-ages Total Fest Pre-Blast at the Zootown Arts Community Center, Thursday, June 19. $8 at the door/$6 advance at totalfest.org. Wizard Rifle, Fallow and Swamp Ritual also play. Show starts at 8 PM.