Striking out from Argentina, Serpent Cobra issue a new EP, Beware.
Serpent Cobra got going in 2017. Anatomy Of Abuses was their first full-length album, released in 2020. They are back now with a three-song EP, Beware. The band’s music is a NWOBHM homage with tinges of doom and punk flourishes. It is a winning combination. According to The Metal Archives, the band is Carolina Dusau (vocals, guitar), Emanuel Acosta (guitar), Emmanuel Leonhardt (bass), and José Imaz (drums).
The laughing and screaming at the beginning of “Walpurgis Night” strikes the right tone, setting the stage for the solid clomp of mid-tempo heavy music. There is a doom chronicle to it, but the overall impact is straight-ahead metal.
“Beware” begins soft and quiet. Melancholy, even. Forlorn. It is instrumental desert music, filled with mystery and promise. And that title is obviously a warning. What is out there? We don’t know for sure, but it is probably bad for you.
As with the opener, “Bloody Countess” gives us a few sound effects first then presses right into an urgent riff. The vocals are punk-edged and billowing with attitude. Tasty lead guitar licks dress the front side of the track. Toward the middle the tempo slows a notch and dire circumstances become more serious and nefarious.
This music lives in a dark groove. Sometimes muddy, sometimes sharp, you can’t go far wrong with Carolina Dusau’s amazing rock and roll voice. There might only be three songs on this mini-LP but they run an impressive range nevertheless. Recommended.
Beware is out now in digital, cassette from Stoner Witch Records, and vinyl through Helter Skelter Productions and Regain Records.
Shadow Records Productions, https://www.shadowrecords.se/