Try to ignore that Canadians Kobra And The Lotus are known primarily for their fresh-faced frontwoman Kobra Paige – in a scene where bearded dudes dominate, heavy metal bands led by beautiful women will struggle to be seen as more than eye-candy fronting faceless musicians.
Kobra And The Lotus: Kobra And The Lotus
Hotly tipped prog-metallers’ second effort.
But behind the visuals, the girl sure can wail: her strong yet sweet bellow was likely raised on Halford and Dickinson, and her band’s playing skills are just as good.
On their second, self-titled release, KATL inject sounds from heavy metal’s golden years with a refreshing, youthful energy, blending NWOBHM with racing power-metal chords and sounds reminiscent of Dio and Judas Priest.
Nothing groundbreaking here, perhaps, but it’s still a hell of a lot of fun.