Cobra Khan: Helgorithms
By Ania Glowacz
Cobra Khan have made a big impact in the three short years they've been together, and their debut album is equally massive. It's one of those albums where the excellent artwork (by Luke Hollis) alone tells you it's going to be good - and it is. The title track opener hits you straight between the ears with its Killing Joke-on-meth sound, followed up by a barrage of influences that include Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, punk and even hair metal. Chief songwriter and founding member Milon Willliams has distilled the best bits of when metal was a teenager and created a modern metal, punk and rock hybrid that will thrill the most jaded of palettes. Cobra Khan have certainly changed, yet this album sounds like no one else. The production is huge, and credit must go to Zorran Mendoza for the most amazing recording to come out of any bedroom, ever. The line up of Cobra Khan has lately been fleshed out with Evan Short (Concord Dawn) on bass, but Willliams was responsible for some wicked bass on the album. Sonya Waters contributes a beautiful gothic vocal to Rachana, and the keyboards played by Sarah Fox add yet another dimension throughout. It's a thrilling album - expect the unexpected.