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Black Cobra: Imperium Simulacra

Album Review

San Fran sci-fi riff technicians fail to forge into the future

Coming five years after their last slab of landslide riffs and percussive battery, San Francisco power duo Black Cobra are finally back with a follow-up to 2011’s covertly sci- fi-themed Invernal.

Imperium Simulacra brings the duo’s sci-fi and tech proclivities to the fore, yet beyond some rather naff cover art (which looks like it should be adorning a collection of Fear Factory b-sides) and certain songtitles (which, Obsolete and Sentinel (Infinite Observer) in particular, read like the titles of a Fear Factory tribute album), this approach has not extended to a significant change on their musical direction.


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