Albums of 2019

Another year in the books. While I wanted to have a more detailed list out sooner I’ve been dealing with some health issues. But all is good and it is what it is. I hope everyone one has a wonderful 2020!! Let’s get to my list!!

1. John Garcia & The Band Of Gold – self titled

2. Year Of The Cobra Ash & Dust

3. Big Scenic Nowhere Dying On The Mountain

4. Nebula Holy Shit!

5. ToolFear Inoculum

6. Monolord – NoComfort

7. Planet Of Zeus – Faith In Physics

8. Russian Circles Blood Year

9. Yawning ManMacedonian Lines

10. Brume – Rabbits

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Amy Tung Barrysmith (Year Of The Cobra)

Amy Tung Barrysmith is nothing short of a rock n roll bad ass! She is the vocalist and bass player of the mighty and heavy Seattle based Year Of The Cobra. Along with drummer Jon Barrysmith YOTC has been tearing up the underground and making waves in the big leagues of rock. YOTC is getting set for another west coast tour in support of their latest effort “Burn You Dead” (produced by Billy Anderson). Amy was kind enough to take the time for Wormhounds Random Q’s.

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WH: What is your go to guilty pleasure band/artist?

AMY: The Cure – any album

WH: If you could make an album with one band/artist dead or alive who is it and why?

Amy:  Joan Jett.  I love her.

WH: Favorite genre of music besides your own?

Amy: Punk rock



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WH: Favorite tour food/snack?

Amy:  Beef Jerky



WH: Besides music name one hobby you enjoy?

Amy: Snowboarding

WH: What was the last gift you gave someone?

Amy:  A blowtorch

WH: If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?

Amy: GERMS – Media Blitz



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WH: What song best describes you?Amy:

Reagan Youth – Got No Class

WH: What nickname would you give yourself?

Amy:  Amy “where’d my keys go” Barrysmith

WH: If you could steal one song from anyone which one would it be and why?

Amy:  Dayglo Abortions:  Argh Fuck Kill – because it’s brilliant.



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WH: Describe yourself as a slogan?


Amy: The most unorganized organized person

WH: Give your bandmates nicknames? 



Amy: Jon – stinky pants

Jon Barrysmith From Year Of The Cobra

Year Of The Cobra is 2 piece band out of Seattle that has been making waves on the doom scene for quite awhile now. Their third and latest release “Burn Your Dead” is spectacular! Being only a duo means that the members need to work even harder to sound big. Well, Year Of The Cobra are doing it the right way, because they sound enormous. Jon’s heavy handed drumming plays a large part into that. Jon was kind enough to take part in our RANDOM questions segment! Thanks Jon!!

WH: What is your go to guilty pleasure band/artist?


Jon: Permission to Land by The Darkness is a gem from start to finish.

WH: If you could make an album with one band/artist dead or alive who is it and why?




Jon:  Hank Williams. I spent a LOT of time traveling the country with my Grandfather when I was younger and we listened to Hank on 8-tracks in his RV… it really struck a chord at an early age and still does to this day…. Hank was the original badass.

WH: Favorite genre of music besides your own?


Jon: Punk rock and hardcore still gets me stoked

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WH: Favorite tour food/snack?


Jon: Sunflower seeds!

WH: Besides music name one hobby you enjoy?

Jon: Snowboarding

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WH: What was the last gift you gave someone?


Jon: I gave my nephew a slingshot for Christmas

WH: If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?

Jon: FEAR – I Don’t Care About You

WH: What song best describes you?



Jon: FEAR – More Beer

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WH: What nickname would you give yourself?

Jon: Jon “sleeves are lame” Barrysmith

WH: If you could steal one song from anyone which one would it be and why?


Jon: Melvins – Queen.

WH: Describe yourself as a slogan?


Jon: Who farted?


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WH: Give your bandmates nicknames? 



Jon: Amy – Tomahawk

WH: What is a band we should be checking out?

Jon: Check out Toke – they shred. We’ll be touring Europe with them in May and June

THANKS AGAIN JON!! You all should make sure and check out Year Of The Cobra!! 

 

 

 

 

Wormhounds Albums Of 2017

So let’s put 2017 in the books shall we. Despite all the shity stuff that happened in the world this year we still had some good Rock and Roll to keep us sane. I have to admit my list this year was really hard to put together. I struggled with the letdown that some of the album’s I was really looking forward to turned out to be a let down. For example “Villains” by Queens of the Stone Age was garbage in my opinion. I just couldn’t get into it. What happened to me this year though, was that a lot of albums grew on me and once I gave multiple listens I find little nuances that hit me. My list is going to be different from others and I’m sure some of you will disagree and possibly even give me shit. But that’s what’s great about rock and roll it speaks to us in many different ways. so why don’t we just get to the list already.

1. ALL THEM WITCHES “Sleeping Through The War”

Number one for me this year without a doubt was “Sleeping Through The War” by All Them Witches. These guys continue to impress me with a mix of unique Sounds that no other band comes close to. I really can’t get into cookie cutter bands who put out records that sound like a watered-down version of their influences. I love bands who take chances and create something that is unique to them and them only. Alll Them Witches are the quintessential band who really gives no shits on what you think they should sound like. They are heavy without slamming it down your face and their grooves are infectious. “Sleeping Through War” takes the listener on a journey through many different soundscapes that are tasteful and full of twist and turns. Like their albums in the past All Them Witches continue to bring a seriously devastating guitar tone and show great song craft. “Don’t Bring Me My Coffee” is a classic all them Witches song. it’s a mix of heavy with a creepy folk like vibe that is haunting. “Alabaster” is a bit of a psychedelic trip with killer uses of temp change. The vocals are trance like.

This song rips!

All Them Witches “Bruce Lee”

2. BLOODCLOT! “Up In Arms”

The number 2 record for me this year was the badass hard core punk album “Up In Arms” by Bloodclot! Now bloodclot is not your ordinary Band, it is a punk rock supergroup. The band features John Joseph from the cro-mags on vocals along with former Danzig guitar Slinger Todd youth. Bloodclot also features Joey Castillo (Queens Of The Stone Age) who is one of the greatest drummers in the world. Another QOTSA alum and rock n roll legend Nick Oliveri holds down the four strings and give this quartet an element of danger. “Up In Arms” is a hardcore masterpiece and was the best punk rock record to come out in 2017 by far. I had the privilege of seeing boys slay it in San Francisco and they did not disappoint! if you love hard core punk rock in any way, get this album now!!

Bloodclot! “Up In Arms”

3. Sasquatch “Maneuvers”

Maneuvers by Sasquatch was an excellent album from start to finish. Sasquatch always knows how to utilize killer riffs and “Maneuvers” is no different. This album is full of badass heavy riffs that stick in your head. This album also features a very strong vocal performance by Keith Gibbs. I highly suggest this record for anyone who is into the stoner Rock genre.

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4. MONOLORDRust

MonoLord’s heavy and sludgy “Rust” is number 4 on my list. “Rust” is an ominous and heavy record that does not compromise. Monolord always sounds massive and “Rust” continues this trend. The album is a perfect mix of Sabbath style doom, Electric Wizard and even a hint of Fu Manchu. Love this band and love this record!!

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5. MELVINSWalk Through Love & Death

Number 5 on my list is the legendary Melvins. their 2017 release titled a “Walk Through Love and Death, deserves a lot more credit than it got. It is actually a double album. The “Love” side of the album is a soundtrack to a short film while the “Death” side is a 9 song standard album. I think people got tripped up on the love side of the record. it’s a far out there bizarre soundscape that The Melvins have become masters of over the years. As far as standard rock songs go the “Love” side is not what you’re gonna get. The “Death” side of the record however is classic Melvin’s featuring trippy riffs and drum rhythms that only the melvins can get away with. King Buzzo still sounds amazing on vocals and his guitar work never disappoints.

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6. FOO FIGHTERS “Concrete & Gold”

So this is where I’ll probably start getting some shit. Number 6 for me was “Concrete And Gold” by the Foo Fighters. As much as I try not to like a Foo Fighters records every time they come out I end up really liking them! Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl are like having a Monday off work. It just feels good! at this point Dave Grohl can do whatever the hell he wants and nobody can give him shit for it. He has earned all the leeway he wants. “Concrete And gold” is a solid record that features those classic Foo Fighter hooks that always get stuck in your brain and refuse to leave. I mean, Dave Grohl even got Justin Timberlake to sound kind of heavy. I will admit, at first I didn’t understand this record. This Foo Fighter record took a couple listens to really gel for me. I know a lot of fans of heavy music don’t want to give Foo Fighters a chance but, you really should. I suggest you start off with the heavy riff slammer of the track “Run.” I don’t care what you all think about me, I dig me some Foo Fighters!

FOO FIGHTERS “Run

7. YEAR OF THE COBRA “Burn Your Dead

The Seattle Duo Year Of The Cobra continued their rapid rise on the underground rock scene with the release of “Burn Your Dead.” It’s definitely a must have for fans of heavy or doom. Year Of The Cobra is a band all should be checking out in 2018. I’m a big believer in this duo!! “Burn Your Dead” is an expansion of what YOTC do best!

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8. ELDERReflections Of A Floating World

Elder’s “Reflections Of A Floating World” comes in at 8 for me. This album takes you back in time to a world full of warlocks, goblins and magic. This is a great album to get lost in and forget about all your worries!! It’s progish but not with a pompous kinda vibe that leaves feeling cheap and empty. Elder rips it up but still has a soul!

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9. PRIMUSThe Desaturating Seven

For number 9 I went outside the box. I went with Primus and their album “The Desaturating Seven.” Listening To Primus makes me feel good. It makes me feel young. They remind me of my childhood. The Desaturating Seven” is a very solid Primus record. I will admit I was not a fan of much Primus after “Tales Of The Punch Bowl” and didn’t expect much from this record. I was pleasantly surprised though, a lot of classic Primus sounds going on! It’s the bizarre sounds that have always made Primus great but also has songs and melodies you can grip. I’ve since revisited a lot of The later Primus Records and have found some gems. I hope this band never stops making Records!

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10. ATOMIC BITCHWAXForce Field

A rock n roll feel good record ends my 2017 list with “Force Field” by The Atomic Bitchwax. This record is a party ready to happen. Love the riffs and the rhythms on this bad boy! Spent a lot of time driving using this album has my soundtrack. If you never have, you should definitely check out Atomic Bitchwax!

ATOMIC BITCHWAX “Force Field”

SO……….

There it is! My list!!

I gotta give a shout out and honorable mention to:

BRUME (Rooster)

Lo Pan. (In Tensions)

Mastodon (Emperor Of Sand)

Nick Oliveri (No Hits At All)

The Obsessed (Sacred)

Royal Blood (How Did We Get So Dark)

I also absolutely have to mention the remaster Of Stone Temple Pilots “Core.” In celebration of its 25th anniversary. Holy shit time flies!!! I swear I just bought this album brand new on cassette! “Core” was a big album for me and truly made an impact on my life!

I also can’t close out 2017 with out…

Giving love and respect for some of my fallen idols!

First off RIP Chris Cornell. One of the greatest rock voices of all time!

I also can’t believe Tom Petty is gone. He was one of the all time great song writers and the definition of cool.

Off Course we can’t leave this year without a tribute to greatest rhythm guitar player ever Malcom Young!

Year Of The Cobra is legit!

The dynamic duo that is known as Year Of The Cobra continue to amaze me. The Seattle based tag team upped their game with their latest effort “Burn Your Dead” by keeping the heavy while adding depth to their sound.

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With Mr. Billy Anderson once again at the controls YOTC’s “Burn Your Dead” is sonically out of this world. Billy captures Amy Tung Barrysmith’s massive bass tone to perfection while Drummer Jon Barrysmith’s snare cracks with unforgiving power.  YOTC and Billy Anderson are a match made in heaven. Some bands who work again  and again with the same producer can get stuck doing the same old thing on repeat. Considering that YOTC is a only bass, drums and vocals they could easily just make a straight forward kick ass doom record. But YOTC and Billy are way to talented for that! It amazes me how big and complex this band can sound without the help of a guitar.

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YOTC  accomplished a ton on their last record “…In The Shadows Below” which is brilliant. But to me, “Burn Your Dead” is even better. It has the heavy that I loved on the last record but, with a more complex sound, and much more depth to the songs. Amy and Jon really pushed themselves and their song writing. Amy’s vocal performance on this record is phenomenal.  Not only the tone of her voice but the melodies in which she uses.  “The Decent” is track that really captures what Amy does vocally that I love. The song is heavy but Amy paints over the top of it beautifully and with an interesting cadence that pulls you in. “The Decent” also has a killer breakdown that features some nice piano work before it kicks back into a steady march.

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“Burn Your Dead” also has some some good tempo changes going on to keep you out of the sludge mud the whole time. I dig this! I always love doom but some variety in tempos keeps things intresting. The title track reminds me of some old school punk with a killer trash style vocal army approach to the chorus. It also has a killer bass riff and break down. Its a bit of an anthem if you will.

“The Howl” Features another strong vocal performance from Amy while Jon pushes the song forward with a very strong beat and some nifty rolls on the drums. I love how Jon creates space with his snare worand on the bridge. Year Of The Cobra always sound huge and Jon’s drumming is a major part of why. He has great taste and knows when to pull a song back into a groove or push it forward.

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The more I listen to this record the more I like it. Year Of The Cobra are only going up and are by far one of the most exciting bands out right now. I think “Burn Your Dead” will stand the test of time and be realvant for a long long time. Do yourself a favor and get to know this and add this record to your collection. GO THE BANDS BANDCAMP AND BUY IT HERE! 

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Best of 2016

So….. Here is my list for 2016. It was a beast to finalize. I’m probably gonna get some grief for my top pick but I don’t give 2 shits. What really made it hard is that Honestly that the records that made 2, 3 and 4 could all be number 1. It was a killer year for music were both music legends and new exciting acts gave us the goods.  Hope you all enjoy and happy New Years!!

  1. David Bowie – Black Star
  2. Brant Bjork – Tao Of The Devil 
  3. Doors To No Where – The Haunting
  4. Big Business-Command Your Weather 
  5. Megadeth – Dystopia 
  6. Fatso Jetson – Idle Hands
  7. YearOfTheCobra-The Shadows Below
  8. Greenleaf – Rise Above Tge Meadow
  9. Geezer – Self Titled 
  10. 1000Mods – Repeated Exposure To…


David Bowie “BLACKSTAR”

  Without a doubt, there will never ever be another Bowie. His catalog of songs speak for themselves. I don’t need to talk about his legacy. But let’s talk about how he left this planet. Only Bowie could pull of what he did with “Blackstar.” Knowing he was sick and his days numbered he channeled this all into a brilliant album. I mean really?? Who can do this knowing they are dying?? Only Bowie! “Lazarus” is such a beautiful and powerful track. Bowie’s voice sounds amazing and leaves a haunting impression. The songs lyrics are truly moving and knowing now that he was dying when he wrote them makes them even more powerful.

OTHER KILLER TRACKS

  • ‘Tis Pity She Was A Whore
  • BlackStar
  • Girl Loves Me


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Brant Bjork “TAO THE DEVIL”


 One of the coolest cats in all of rock n roll added another killer album to his discography in 2016 with Tao The The Devil! Laced with groove after groove Brant delivers an album that captures what we love best about his solo career while continuing to forge ahead. This album is all about letting the good times roll with a little bit of peace and love. Released in September this album quickly became the soundtrack to my Indian summer and was In constant rotation. “The Greenhen is my jam!  Download this album now, crank it to eleven and let the good times roll!

Other Killer Tracks

  • Humble Pie
  • Luvin‘ 


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DOORS TO NO WHERE “THE HAUTING”

The Santa Cruz based trio killed it on their Album “The Haunting.” Doors To No Where mix stoner, punk and the heavy side of grunge all blended in a Sabbath machine. “The Haunting” sounds insane with bad ass guitar tones and vocals. Frontman Marc Lewis establishes himself as one of the stronger vocalist in the scene. One of the album’s strongest moments is “4give me.” The song features a heavy sludge riff that lewis rips over vocally and delivers a killer guitar solo. I really liked “The Haunting” because it’s complex with a lot of depth and variety. This record offers something for all kinds of listeners.

OTHER KILLER TRACKS 

  • Wires
  • Burn
  • Sinking


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BIG BUSINESS  “COMMAND YOUR WEATHER”

This duo is one of the most badass bands on this planet. “Command Your Weather” showcases the unique magic that is Big Business. Bass and drums only combo are beyond massive and hit hard. “Send Help” is an epic track that takes you on a spacey journey. Built on tripped out rhythm the vocals shone on this track. 

OTHER KILLER TRACKS 

  • Regulars
  • Father’s Day

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MEGADETH “DYSTOPIA” 

Love him or hate him one cannot deny that Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is a living legend. Often criticized for his strong opinions and reputation for being hard to work with I think Megadeth has been very underrated over the years. Well, in 2016 Megadeth delivered the metal album of the year in Dystopia. The album is full of classic trash riffs and fret melting solos. One of the album’s strongest moments is “Post-American world.” Equipped with a classic chugging megadeth riff Mustaine and crew slay it.

OTHER KILLER TRACKS 

  • Dystopia
  • Death From Within
  • Fatal Illusion 


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FATSO JETSON “IDLE HANDS”

The desert rock legends absolutely crushed it on Idle Hands. Full of classic Fatso Jetson riffs the. And prove once again why they are such an influential band to so many. “Royal Family” is one of “Idle Hands” many strong points. The track feature a classic Fatso Jetson vibe while it pushes forward and grabs hold of your soul.

OTHER KILLER TRACKS  

  • Then And Now
  • Last  Of The Good Times 


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YEAR OF THE COBRA “IN THE SHADOWS BELOW...”
The Seattle duo known as Year Of The Cobra had themselves quite the year. Establishing themselves as the most exciting new bands in the scene while putting out one of the year’s best albums. …In The Shadows Below is a heavy crushing monster. The band who worked with Billy Anderson sounds massive on the album and it really shows on “The Siege.” Pounding away with big drums and bass “The Siege” let’s the vocals seduce into a trance.  

OTHER KILLER TRACKS

  • White Wizard
  • Spider And The Fly


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GREENLEAf “RISE ABOVE THE MEADOW”

Greenleaf have been killing it for years and already have several great albums in their discography. “Rise Above The Meadow” is a perfect snapshot of what the band represents. Killer riffs pushed by badass drumming. This album really grows on you and is more then just a straightforward stoner rock record. “Howl” is a track that really hit hard for me. 

OTHER KILLER TRACKS 

  • Golden Throne
  • Funeral Pyre

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GEEZER “SELF TITLED” 

This is a mighty debut! Geezer’s self titled record is a stoner heavy blues machine. Reminds me a bit of old Clutch and Orange Goblin mixed with a little psychedelic sprinkled on top . This band has a very bright future. “Sunday Speed Demon” is badass. Check it out now.

OTHER KILLER TRACKS

  • Sun Gods
  • Stoney Poney

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1000MODS “Repeated Exposure To…”

I gotta admit. This band and album snuck up on me just recently. Suggested by a random Facebook post I stumbled on to them. My first reaction was this sounds like COC during The Blind era. This is not a bad thing!! “Repeated Exposure To…” is a solid rock record. I’m looking forward to hearing more from this band. “Above179” is a killer track with a catchy hook.

OTHER KILLER TRACKS 

  • The Son
  • A.W.


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HONORABLE MENTIONS 

  • Red Fang “Only Ghosts”
  • Mountain Tamer “self Titled”
  • All Them Witches “Live In Brussels”
  • Hornss “Telepath”
  • Mos Generator  “Abyssinia”

In all honesty it was really hard to leave Red Fang of the top ten. “Only Ghosts” may Not be there best record but it still kicks ass. It could easily have been 9 or 10 on my list.  

Mountain Tamer is a band that came highly recommended from Doors To No Where. Also from Santa Cruz CA Mountain Tamer is a young band to keep an eye on and their self titled debut album is a kick ass heavy psychedelic trip. 

All Them Witches continue to amaze me. Their live from Brussels captures the band delivering a killer set.

The Hornss album was a lot to process. Sonically it’s hard to digest at times. The drums are bit buried in the mix and there are a lot of overtones going on. Once your ears adjust though, this album is real heavy and motors along with interesting landscapes. It’s one of those albums that needs to grow on you but it will!

Mos Generator are a very talented band who are some serious road warriors. Abyssinia shreds and is a solid kick ass rocker. I caught them live when they came through SF and they blew the show away.





Year Of The Cobra, In The Shadows No More. 


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!