Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based metallers KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have parted ways with guitarist Timothy Vega and have replaced him with Peruvian axeman Charlie Parra Del Riego (pictured below).
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS released its new album in the U.K. on August 6. The CD’s first single, “Forever One”, preceded the full-length effort on May 28.
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS last year inked a deal with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons‘ revived Simmons Records label via a partnership with Universal Music Canada. Simmons confirmed the signing on his Twitter profile, calling KOBRA AND THE LOTUS “real metal.”
In a recent interview with May The Rock Be With You, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS singer Brittany Paige stated about the band’s sound, “KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is a traditional, straight-up heavy metal band. It’s not a niche, it’s just driving riffs, duelling guitars, there’s a melodicness to the music and there is a classic metal vocal. We are all about traditional heavy metal, but bringing in the flavors of our generation for a slight twist.”
She added, “Our music will always stay as heavy metal, even though it will evolve in some shape or form. But we all listen to such different things, which is a really great thing. There’s certainly death metal and black metal influences, we’ve got experimental and folk metal, there’s so many different things that come into play, and if you listen to the music, you can hear some of those coming through, but which you wouldn’t really pick up on unless you knew someone in the band was into Gary Moore, or the blues, for example, then it makes sense.”
Professionally filmed video footage of KOBRA AND THE LOTUS‘s performance at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival, which took place August 2-4 in Wacken, Germany, can be seen below.
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is:
Brittany Paige – Vocals
Jasio Kulakowski – Guitar
Griffin Kissack – Drums
Peter Dimov – Bass
Timothy Vega – Guitar