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Cobra Skulls

Cobra Skulls: American RubiconAmerican Rubicon (2009)
Red Scare

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Cobra Skulls' second full-length for Red Scare, American Rubicon, finds the Reno, Nevada group taking chances, experimenting with their sound and succeeding greatly. Apart from their contribution to Suburban Home's Under the Influence 7" series and the three-song Never Be a Machine EP, this is their.
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Cobra Skulls' second full-length for Red Scare, American Rubicon, finds the Reno, Nevada group taking chances, experimenting with their sound and succeeding greatly. Apart from their contribution to Suburban Home's Under the Influence 7" series and the three-song Never Be a Machine EP, this is their first major release in two years, and it seems they've been practicing.

For a band that plays primarily straightforward punk rock, it's surprising how good they are at actually playing their instruments. Devin Peralta in particular has become an absolute monster on bass. 2007's Sitting Army had some pretty sweet basslines, but American Rubicon features some of the finest punk rock bass playing since Rancid's And Out Come the Wolves. However, like all their releases, even though the majority of the proceedings are a punk rock affair, they do venture into various different genres, including rockabilly and folk.

As with all Cobra Skulls releases, Peralta's lyrics are a definite highlight. Here he tackles everything from the importance of public transportation ("Muniphobia"), overpopulation ("Overpopulated"), straight-edge thugs ("Bad Apples") and the uncertainty of direction in life ("One Day I'll Never"), each with style and skill. The Spanish lyrics fans have come to expect from past gems like "¡Hasta Los Cobra Skulls Siempre!" and "Use Your Cobra Skulls" return in "Thicker Than Water." Gone, however, is the use of the words Cobra and/or Skull in every song title, which the band addresses with the title of instrumental interlude "I Used to Like Them When They Put ??Cobra' in the Titles."

Early in their career the group received comparisons to bands like Against Me! and the Dead Kennedys; on this record, it seems they've finally found their own distinctive sound (granted, "Timing" does recall early Against Me!). Cobra Skulls have unleashed a monster of a record with American Rubicon that has, at once, stayed true to the sound they established on their earlier releases and expanded into new territory which will garner them new fans.

 

 
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blood-guts-punkrock (August 14, 2011)

There is definite progression as band but it doesn't capture the fun or catchiness of Sitting Army but the songs are still awesome, jut not as memorable as previous attempts. However, i STILL love this band.

bandhack (December 29, 2010)

great album.. looking forward to the next! and Chicago show 2/15 with The Reaganomics!!!

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PaulPendley (June 23, 2010)

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punker001 (January 29, 2010)

Stunning!!!!

RAMBUNCTOID (September 24, 2009)

Cut off all the fast punk songs save for "Back To the Youth" and you've got an album worthy of 9 stars. These guys can write an incredible pop song and they should embrace that. It seems like they just go "okay, lets throw a (place different genre here) part in this one" for all their fast punk songs.

Kurasuke (September 23, 2009)

"The Copyrights should have headlined Red Scare Fest instead of them."
Couldn't disagree more. The Copyrights are good, but I was bored with them by the end of their 30 minute set. Cobra Skulls have so much more variety in their sound.

thepopeofchili-town (September 23, 2009)

"wasn't this review posted a long time ago and then taken away? i smell secrets..."

Naw, I wrote this like 4 or 5 days ago.

Problematiclogic (September 23, 2009)

Um...what can I say? This is great!

Blackjaw_ (September 23, 2009)

fhghgfhfghgf

Hey_Asshole (September 23, 2009)

i normally am a fan of anything Red Scare puts out. they are getting close to Lookout! Records circa the 90's in terms of a super solid stable of bands.

using that analogy, Cobra Skulls are like Sludgeworth. by that, i mean, on paper it sounds like something i would love...but after listening to it, it bores me.

this band just sounds super derivative to me, and i thought they were boring live. The Copyrights should have headlined Red Scare Fest instead of them. had Brendan Kelly not been all up on their dick promoting them, i doubt everyone here would not be as stoked for them as they are.

that is my two cents

name (September 22, 2009)

wasn't this review posted a long time ago and then taken away? i smell secrets...

ahopeagainsthope (September 22, 2009)

I didn't like this anywhere near as much as Sitting Army at first, but after three or four listens, I think it's just as good, if not better.

"One Day I'll Never" is the motherfucking jam.

telegraphrocks (September 22, 2009)

First week I had this, I'd give it an 8 or 9. In love, but not in love like Sitting Army. Over the past two months, this managed to pass Sitting Army in awesomeness.
On an ipod I've had for nearly 3 years, every song on this has managed their way to the top of the "Play Count". It might actually be kind of embarrassing to say the exact number of times each song has been listened to...

This album is perfect except for one thing... it ends.

Only my second 10-score of the year... and I doubt another will come around.

P.S.
Daisy is shitty.

ffwoodycooks (September 22, 2009)

"This record is like a dude in the gym shower you think has a tiny penis, then he checks out your ass and you see he's got a 10 inch hog.

Other words, grower not a shower."

so you were in the gym grower not the gym shower? i dont get it.

this album kinda came and went for me. Its a solid 7.

el_backpulver (September 22, 2009)

Third best album of 2009

Redscare (September 22, 2009)

See, Sonny Six KNOWS.

kylewagoner (September 22, 2009)

This album is amazing because this band is amazing. I am SO glad that Brendan Kelly suggested checking them out. I compare their sound to the three Me's (Against Me!, Dead to Me, Tiger Army). My favorites are "H.D.U.I." and "One Day I'll Never." The latter is fun as hell to play on piano.

love,
Kyle

fattony (September 22, 2009)

I like it, but not as much as Sitting Army. Also, I've never once seen this band compared to Dead Kennedys.

aggropaul (September 22, 2009)

2009 has had a ton of good releases. This is towards the top.

SonnySix (September 22, 2009)

Finally we get a review up for this record. Favorite record of the year.

Go see these guys live!

usversusthem (September 22, 2009)

This album is basically the boss. One of the best of 2009 for sure.

laserguidedbygod (September 22, 2009)

"I'll never get into this band. Not fair for me to try to score it."

Seconded. Though "One Day I'll Never" is awesome. Their punk sound just bores me.

mattramone (September 22, 2009)

This record is like a dude in the gym shower you think has a tiny penis, then he checks out your ass and you see he's got a 10 inch hog.

Other words, grower not a shower.

655321 (September 22, 2009)

Finally!

OverDefined (September 22, 2009)

overpopulation ("Overpopulated")

dinosaurs (September 22, 2009)

Probably the album I listened to most while working over the summer, and one of my favorites of the year.

preston (September 22, 2009)

Shit. I love this album. May take my favorite "punk" album of the year.

cyanotic (September 22, 2009)

This is my album of the year. Glad to see it's finally been reviewed, and with a score it well deserves.

Too bad no one cares what I think.

SuperMacguyver (September 22, 2009)

Am I the only person ever to think that Devin sounds like a young, intelligent Danzig. Basically Danzig without trying to sound tough and mean; just singing.

xshoutoutx (September 22, 2009)

such a beast!!!

ashtraymonument (September 22, 2009)

great album, seems a little long though.

there are some many awesome little hooks and things of that sort that really make this album stand out.

onegirlarmy (September 22, 2009)

Loved this so much more than Sitting Army, and that record was damn good. So catchy and fun.

wallofyouth (September 22, 2009)

garnered me as a new fan. love it

Blackjaw_ (September 22, 2009)

I'll never get into this band. Not fair for me to try to score it.

DarrenMcLeod (September 22, 2009)

Love this album, and "H.D.U.I." is near the top of my list for song of the year.

24hourpriapism (September 22, 2009)

second best album of the year.

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