It’s a little ironic that an album made under the specter of death can be so full of life. Sweet Cobra guitarist Matthew Allen Arluck succumbed to the stomach cancer that he had been fighting shortly after the writing and recording of Sweet Cobra’s latest. Despite the circumstances surrounding the making of this record, it is one that is full of energy, a fitting testament to Arluck’s willpower to finish this while sick, as well as his band mates’ strength to persevere in the face adversity. This record is a scorcher, easily holding up to the quality established on their previous two records. It’s filled to the brim with sludgy, punky, noise rock that just sizzles and seethes out of the speakers. This would be Arluck’s last will and musical testament, and it’s quite a feat at that. It just proves that some people are just not going to quietly into that dark night. Keep raging in the afterlife, brother.
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