Year Of The Cobra is a 2 piece sludge machine that you need to know about. The band which features Amy Tung on bass/vocals with drummer Jon Barrysmith just put out a new album titled “In The Shadows Below” and its bad ass. Packed with eight doom heavy tracks Year Of The Cobra are making waves.
The Seattle duo tabbed the mighty Billy Anderson (Melvins, Neurosis, Sleep) to produce this bad boy and it shows. The tones are huge and full of brutal impact that are relentless. Being just a 2 piece having huge bass and drums is critical. Well, with Anderson at the helm Year Of The Cobra nailed it. The bass tone is dirty and interplays with Amy’s clean vocals perfectly. Got a little bit of the angel and devil thing working. BerrySmiths snare is full of impact and depth!
The strongest track on the album is “The Siege” which features Amy’s best vocal performance. Siege chugs along with a straight forward barrage of heavy that allows Amy to deliver a strong melody of unforgiving lyrics that head a warning of what’s coming.
Led by Barrysmiths strong pocket drumming “White Wizard” is another standout track. I love the simplicity of this song and the space it provides. The duo together create such a mysterious vibe.
“Temple Of Apollo” is a nice shift in the album’s overall tempo. The straightforward riff once again allows Amy to deliver the goods on vocals. In The Shadows opener “Lion and The Unicorn” is another sludgetastic tune that allows both Amy and Jon to show their skills on their respected instruments with a long instrumental type jam to get things going.
Overall, I love this record. It’s very real! It’s very powerful! It’s very fresh! Year Of The Cobra should be very proud of this record! If you’re a fan of Sleep, Melvins or Big Business you gotta get your hands on this record now!