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Review: Night Cobra - Dawn of the Serpent
Night Cobra
Dawn of the Serpent

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2022
Duration: 32:46
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: April 5, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

Dawn of the Serpent is the full-length debut album from Houston's Night Cobra, one of the hordes of so-called "New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal" bands. Theirs is an early '80s sound, more in the European style of crunchy melodies though you can still hear some American pioneers, at least the ones that were more concerned with their music than getting on the cover of a magazine. Night Cobra have a rough-and-tumble style that blends a lot of loose energy with underlying tight playing, and much of Dawn of the Serpent comes across like the heavier NWOBHM bands and the early US bands that took that sound into newer and faster directions. The vocals are generally not all that noteworthy until the singer lets out his high-pitched scream which gives him some distinctiveness and, while it isn't bad, he thankfully doesn't go overboard with it. The guitars sound good and influences like Metallica's Kirk Hammett can be picked up here and there ("In Mortal Danger" for example). Most of the songs are kick-ass without being truly memorable, though the instrumental "Acid Rain" with its '80s, Casio-style keyboard vibe is a cool addition to the album. Dawn of the Serpent may not light the world on fire, but it is a solid start for Night Cobra.

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