Year Of The Cobra - ...In The Shadows Below (BLACK/BLUE PINWHEEL) (LP)
Catalog number: STB24
Limited Edition 250 on black and blue pinwheel
The sprawling opener "Lion and the Unicorn" offers a sense of fleeting joy. Drummer Jon Barrysmith is tasteful and precise with his fills and vocalist/bassist Amy Tung's bass undulates and flows with a sort of groove that is often missing from doom metal. The overall bluesy impact of these components does little to take away from the sincerity and weight of Year of the Cobra's sound. Tung's haunting vocals seem to phase in and out of another realm. But don't worry—the band's claim to be fueled by a mixture of "whiskey, beer, and Black Sabbath" is not forgotten as there's more than enough on this album to incite drunken revelry of the grooviest nature, just listen to catchy, raucous songs like "Temple of Apollo" and "The Siege."