Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail II
Label; Napalm records
Formed in 2009 , “Kobra And The Lotus” is the lifeblood and passion of Canadian vocalist Kobra Paige.
Eight years into their journey, the band has gone through significant changes in sound and personnel to the point that they were able to evolve and create
what is easily the strongest album in the Kobra And The Lotus catalogue.
In fact, the aptly titled “Prevail” is such a show of strength that Kobra and her bandmates chose to make a double album to be released in two parts over the next year ,
a venture very few artists have the backbone to attempt.
Prevail marks Kobra And The Lotus’ debut as members of the Napalm Records roster, but for Kobra the collaboration is a first on many levels for the band.
When the band signed with Napalm records who were 100% supportive of the double album concept,
the label opted to split Prevail into two parts because they felt it was too much material all at once that would go over people’s heads.
Twenty-one songs in all (including a cover), Prevail I and II share outstanding and diverse material due to the fact the songs were all written at the same time.
Not only that, they wrote and recorded together in the studio with producer Jacob Hansen.
It comes as no surprise they are reminiscent of some of the material on High Priestess thanks to Kobra and Jasio’s partnership,
but they also attest to Kobra And The Lotus’ massive growth as songwriters and musicians since the last record.
On paper it sounds like lip service to say the band has become heavier, more dynamic and adventurous, but your ears don’t lie.
The opener “Losing My Humanity” is an exemplary melodic feast of both guitar and vocal craftsmanship that anchors the Canadian five piece firmly in between hard rock and heavy metal
with a modern touch and the occasional classic rock.
The catchy “Let Me Love You” is another brick to this massive wall of sound, but a solemn intermezzo like “Ribe” and the elegiac “White Water” attest to their musical virtuosity
lending taste to the vulnerable and emotional side of the band.
Kobra And The Lotus know perfectly well what it takes to cater to the needs of hard rock and metal fans in 2018 without losing touch with the essential roots (just check out ‘Modern day hero‘)
The band made a special Japanese version of the video “Let Me Love You” , watch it here !
01. Losing My Humanity
02. Let Me Love You
04. My Immortal
05. Fallen Empire
07. Velvet Roses
08. Modern Day Hero
09. You’re Insane
10. White Water
11. The Chain (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
12. Let Me Love You (Acoustic version – Bonus Track)