Friday, February 29, 2008

El Chupa Cobras-s/t

Acerbic Noise Development

Montgomery, Alabama’s El Chupa Cobras play a rather furious, head spinning style of heavy rock that will pass you by if you don’t focus in rather quickly. They draw on metal/punk/indie and just plain noise plus the styles are oftentimes mixed together to such a point that it’s slightly difficult to distinguish as to where one style ends and another begins. Their approach is most often presented in short bursts that assault your ears at a vicious pace although they do seem in control. The energy level of this band almost always stays towards a high level as they frequently fly, twist and rip though the material. If you can center your ears fast enough than you might realize that beyond the chaos there actually is a great deal of rhythm at the heart of this band’s approach. The writing definitely has peaks and builds to and from them yet that’s not always very obvious. There were a couple of times where I think they repeated some tones or twists, but it was only a few times and it was fairly brief. It’s certainly not a sing a long in the shower style of music, but then again I wouldn’t want to hear myself sing in the shower or anywhere else. Instead it’s a bash at your senses style of music that’s rather harsh at times, but it will sure keep you on your toes.


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