Cobra Cobra release debut album "Life After Poison"
"Life After Poison" is the kind of debut album you'd expect from two very talented brothers and their hand picked band mates to produce after investing several years of hard work in a passionate pursuit of their goal. The end result is simply the new "Gold Standard" for a fresh and revolutionary "hard rock meets classic metal" genre. You may ask yourself if that is even a genre in today's music scene. Thank the stars above the answer is a resounding yes! Cobra Cobra accomplishes this and more by fusing classic guitar hero acrobatics with a heavy metal, riff based, dynamic style. To that they add huge sounding 'in your face' drums anchored by an understated yet absolutely brilliant bass. They top it all off with a talented singer described by one music critic as "The type most hard rock and metal bands can only dream of. He's a radio-ready rock vocalist who not only writes ear catching melodies and lyrics, but he can actually cut it both in the studio and onstage!". It's all here in Cobra Cobra's first 12 song full length album released July 24th, 2020. Crafted with the TLC of the two brothers at its core - Derek (guitar) and Chancelor Reeder (drums), Chris Ratzlaff (vocals) and Bryce VanHoosen (bass) all join forces to push it over the top, making this group literally four of the heaviest hitters in the modern Pacific Northwest music scene. They have served notice to all rock and metal fans worldwide: Portland, Oregon is now officially on the map! Their sound can easily be described as a breath of fresh air in the "been there, done that'' and the "me too" universe of countless aspiring bands reaching for the stars, but too often coming up with only a handful of mud. In the Heavy Metal/Hard Rock scheme of things, a group such as Cobra Cobra has the ability of both reaching a wide age group while also becoming a family friendly household name. They could be on a mission to convert the non-metalheads and fans of pop, alternative, and indie by simply introducing something for every fan of great music. Recorded and mixed from early October 2017 - November 2019 this album has introduced a revolutionary new sound into the world. We sincerely hope you’re ready to welcome Portland's new musical force into your world. Welcome to the fam!
Bio: "Cobra Cobra’s origin began as far back as 2008 when brothers Derek (guitar), and Chancelor Reeder (drums), were partners in operating their own studio titled "Slinky Strings", providing both guitar and bass lessons. Part of their vision was to provide lessons by day and hopefully rent out space to local Portland bands for rehearsal at night. One of the bands that rented their space during that time was the Facedown Recording artist Fallstar featuring vocalist Chris Ratzlaff. In time, this crossing of paths would prove to be epic for Derek and Chancelor. With Derek and Chancelor both providing guitar and bass lessons, Slinky Strings began to get it's legs. They formed their lessons curriculum from influences found at the high-level institutions such as GIT and Musician’s Institute. They found that guitar heroes across the classic spectrum such as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen along with bands like Led Zeppelin, Cream, Van Halen, Ozzy, Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera and Judas Priest for example, provided the perfect backdrop for the many aspiring musicians. Derek and Chancelor had been writing their own brand of hard rock where powerful guitar riffs and hooks, and big sounding drums were the focus. By then Chancelor had moved to the drum kit. In the beginning it was mostly all instrumental songs featuring a lot of tasty power chord riffs, blazing guitar solos and big powerful drums. Eventually they began to refine their sound. They knew the next step in their evolution was to write songs that would now include plenty of room for lyrics and suggest melodic ideas for the ideal rock/metal vocalist to have a perfect pallet from which to create. After a couple years of honing the instrumental side of the material, they finally had 12 songs for a debut album and had saved up enough money to record. On October 6,2017 they entered Tone Lab Studios in Portland and started recording the drums for their debut album at the rate of 4 songs a day. Derek and Justin, employing serious teamwork , helped craft the ideal drum beats and intro/outro arrangements while cherry picking Chancelor's best drum fills. Due to it's very busy schedule, Tone Lab studio's next opening would not be until January 10th, 2018, and finally June 1st, 2018 for their final session. At long last the instrumentals were completed. Growing up watching his dad play guitar and perform live, Derek was inspired to follow in his footsteps and strapped on the guitar at age 4. Always listening and learning from a wide range of rock, blues and metal styles Derek began to form his own identity. From Christian rock to Death Metal, and all stops in between, Derek guided his students in the direction of the best heavy music of the 80’s/90’s. Guitar was one thing, but singing was another. He often expressed his disappointment in the modern extreme vocalists, the deal breaker being - "a clean vocalist in the band has to be the minimum requirement"...after all, we're all about music right? Fast forward... Derek and Chancelor had done the work, they 'had the music', but just couldn't seem to find the singer/lyricist that could bring it all together...then the stars aligned, and the previous crossing of paths with Chris appeared to be for a reason. To their delight Chris Ratzlaff agreed to join in. Over the course of the next year Chris got to work writing and finalizing lyrics and melodies, and painstakingly dialing in the vocals the songs needed. His contribution was the final ingredient needed to create their signature sound. Also, just as important to note, previous to this time Derek had been teaching his best student Bryce VanHoosen (bass), who had originally started out on bass but was now up to speed and could tackle any riff or ideas presented to him. For their new project they knew this was their guy for laying down the perfect bass parts and rounding out the band line up. Early in 2019 they began the process of finding the right mix engineer for the album. With most of the local guy's rates going up, they decided to reach out to a FaceBook group of mixers who were offering to do free mixing samples, and you could choose which one you liked best. Out of the 20-plus mixes they got back, Chris Johanson of Sonar Recordings was clearly the guy. Chris J also took his time compared to the typically quick turnarounds. In a couple of months Chris J turned in an amazing sounding mix with all the I’s dotted and T’s crossed. The next couple months were spent shopping for labels, during which they received responses from Rockshots and Demon Doll Records, but none of the offers presented to them were tempting enough, in terms of a deal, that met the terms they were looking for. So it was decided, for this album, they would release it themselves and get the ball rolling at last. To date it has been mostly the loyal students, friends and fans that have helped provide support through sales of the first run of the CD. In short order they were able to set up the release of their debut album “Life After Poison“ , which was released on all digital platforms on 7/24/20. BTW, they also have some really cool band picture T shirts that can be found on their storenvy page, check it out. From an outside musician/observer/listener: "The music these guys are bringing is a unique blend of 'past meets future'. Cobra Cobra's sound is revolutionary. It easily bridges the age gap and deftly combines the best styles loved by Rock and Metal fans around the world." From the guys in Cobra Cobra: "Things are going really good we can’t wait for everyone to hear Life After Poison and then help us celebrate our first album!" Band Line-Up: Chris Ratzlaff/Vocals Derek Reeder/Guitar Bryce VanHoosen/Bass Chancelor Reeder/Drums CD Track Listing: 1- The Conquering 2- Hope Like a Thorn 3- The Glass Desert 4- Hum 5- Bliss 6- A Little Dark. A Little SIck… 7- Block Stone 8- The Collider Inside Her 9- Free In My Head 10- The Overtaker 11- Day Seekers 12- Life After Poison Web and Social Media Links: http://www.facebook.com/cobracobramusicofficial