Review: Wrathcöbra

Wrathcöbra s/t Cobra Cabana Records

I’ve been meaning to review this Wrathcöbra record for a while now. I listen to it a lot, mostly because I have a car that is so old that the cd player doesn’t even have a jack to plug an ipod into. I’m therefore limited in my listening choices to whatever I can get it together to burn onto a cd and take out there. It will probably surprise no one (at least no one who knows me) that it is a rare day when I find the wherewithal to do so, and as a consequence I end up listening to the same stuff over and over. It is for this reason that I have listened to Wrathcöbra’s disc every day for about two months now.

Wrathcöbra come from Pittsburgh, and the fact that both they and Heartless come from there suggests that the Steel City is really humming. This self-titled disc comprises their 2008 demo and their Fang and Tail 12”, released in 2010. To be perfectly honest, I don’t even know if they are still together, although this interview on The Noise is Ours suggests that they are still alive and kicking. If that is the case, I respectfully request that they head up I 80 as soon as possible.

So far as their music goes, comparisons to bands such as Skit System and (even more justifiably) Wolfpack are common on the interweb, but the band they really reminded me of was Misanthropic Generation era Disfear. There is definitely a strong element of d-beat represented in their style. You also get the feeling that they’ve probably listened to a lot of Motorhead, and more power to them. Their music has a more galloping, metallic feel than some of the more straight hardcore type band with which they share this genre. They have a lot more sort old school guitar solos than bands like this tend to do. Fans of A New Dawn Fades will notice a distinct similarity here, but Wrathcöbra’s solos tend to be a few bars longer, as well as being more organized and melodically developed.

If I hadn’t looked it up on the web, I wouldn’t have known that this release compiled two earlier ones. The recording and production values on both are comparable, as is the quality of songwriting. Frankly, I’m a bit surprised that these guys don’t get more recognition, given the current renaissance of d-beat. Well, he’s hoping I’ve done my little bit to rectify that. Their record is available from Bandcamp.

Magadh

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