The self-titled album from Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based metallers KOBRA AND THE LOTUS will be released in the U.S. on April 16 via Simmons Records/T-Boy Records/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).
Formed in 2009 by powerhouse vocalist Brittany “Kobra” Paige, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS has been more than busy touring Canada and Europe extensively with ball-busting hard work and intensity that secured coveted slots at Hellfest, Wacken Open Air, Download and Bloodstock in 2012.
The life of Brittany Paige and KOBRA AND THE LOTUS will be chronicled for the show “Rock City”, airing on Spike TV this fall. The eight-episode season will follow the grit, drama, and thrills, both on the road and off, as this emerging metal band takes to the road on its world tour.
Featuring Brittany on lead vocals, Jasio Kulakowski on guitar, Pete Dimov on bass and Griffin Kissack on drums, the band recently recruited Latin American axeman Charlie Parra del Riego.
For KOBRA AND THE LOTUS‘ self-titled release, producer Kevin Churko (ROB ZOMBIE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, OZZY OSBOURNE) was brought in to assist delivering precise songs heavy with emotion. The CD has an intentionally grand-scale dynamic, magnifying the glories of the genre and making its mark as “arena” rather than “garage” rock.
The band is co-signed to Gene Simmons‘ label, Simmons’ Records. Simmons has a longstanding reputation for discovering, assisting or recognizing new artists like VAN HALEN. Many of the early artist demos he worked on or helped with have gone on to become multi-platinum records and legendary rock anthems.
Andy Gould, head and curator of T-Boy Records, recognized KOBRA‘s talent and his newly minted T-Boy Records will serve as the umbrella label for KOBRA AND THE LOTUS. T-Boy Records releases new music and albums from established iconic hard-rock bands. Current releases include ROB ZOMBIE‘s “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” (due April 23) and MEGADETH‘s “Super Collider” (due June 4). Gould says, “It’s great to have a fresh act on the label that is carrying on all the best heavy metal traditions. And, of course, it’s fantastic to be in business with Gene.”
“Kobra And The Lotus” packs a powerful ten-track punch featuring the multi-range wailing vocals of Paige, with infectious harmonies and sweeping choruses over powerful metal riffs, thundering bass and rapid fire percussion. The album contains driving anthems “50 Shades of Evil”, “Welcome To My Funeral”, “My Life” and “Forever One”, more dramatic stylings in “Aria Of Karmika”, and they build on tradition with “Nayana” and “No Rest For The Wicked”. The band sets the stage for a tender intimate moment with “Sanctuary” before launching into skull-crushing guitars to carry the track out.
To promote the album, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS will now take on America with an extensive North American tour supporting FEAR FACTORY. The carnage starts April 14 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, winding throughout the U.S. and Canada conquering this continent one face-melting show at a time.
In a recent interview with May The Rock Be With You, 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.”