· KUKO DE KOBRA - RETURN TO SPLENDOUR (GYR198) ·
· (FEATURING MARTIN J. ANDERSEN ON GUITAR) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. OCEAN WIDE
02. CURSE OF THE ELEPHANTOM
03. SILENCE THE KILLER
04. BED
05. RETURN TO SPLENDOUR
06. BE, LEAF
07. RIFFHANGER
08. SAVE OUR ASHES FOR THE FIRE
09. LONE BIRD ON A LONG WIRE
10. NEUROTIC
11. ECHO OF STEVENSON
12. REMEMBER


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
GYR198 - $13.99

Awesome studio disc by this way-kool heavy rock band from Denmark featuring John Gamma Sharling on lead vocals & Martin J. Andersen (Blindstone) on guitar. Includes 12 songs of outstanding, excellent, dynamic, melodic, minor riff heaviness that lands with endless amounts of originality, depth, maturity and excellence. On "Return To Splendour" the Danish heavy rockers known as Kuko De Kobra have produced & delivered a world-class, creative musical document that rides high with multiple levels of deep, mind-expanding, guitar heavy, sonic "ear candy".

Fans of the Grooveyard will be very familiar with Martin J. Andersen; an authentic, kick-ass, modern day heavy guitar rock hero of world-class proportions. Andersen is best known for his stellar guitar playing & music in Blindstone and with Kuko De Kobra, Mr. Andersen digs in deep with his serious brand of supreme, bad-ass, blues-based, heavy six string mojo. John Gamma Sharling is an amazing, talented, powerful singer rock vocal god who is the brainchild behind the music of Kuko De Kobra. Sharling is a creative musical visionary with a strong sense of melodic harmony. The "Return To Spendour" disc is an essential, riff heavy, guitar rocker that is Highly recommended to fans of Chris Cornell & Soundgarden, Audioslave, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy & Tim Christensen, Alain Johannes & Eleven, The Night Flight Orchestra and to people who dig & appreciate deep, artistic heavy rock music.


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01. OCEAN WIDE
02. CURSE OF THE ELEPHANTOM
03. SILENCE THE KILLER
04. BED
05. RETURN TO SPLENDOUR
06. BE, LEAF
07. RIFFHANGER
08. SAVE OUR ASHES FOR THE FIRE
09. LONE BIRD ON A LONG WIRE
10. NEUROTIC
11. ECHO OF STEVENSON
12. REMEMBER

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· reviews ·

A few months ago this magazine published an interview with Blindstone guitarist/vocalist Martin J. Andersen from Denmark. Martin told us that he was involved with various bands of which Kuko De Kobra was one of them. With the emphasis on ‘was’ as Martin decided to leave that outfit but not before a new record entitled ‘Return To Splendour’ was in the can and very recently released by American guitar rock label Grooveyard. Although a new record? That is not really accurate as this release is more a compilation by this Danish band who in the past already released three albums. The best and most prolific songs have been picked and in some cases reworked plus a new song added to form this twelve track record featuring Andersen on lead guitar, singer/bass player John Gamma Sharling and multi-instrumentalist Martin Pagaard Wolff (here on drums, bass and guitar) plus a bunch of guests of which some might have been involved in the earlier days of Kuko De Kobra. Several songs have that signature Martin J. Andersen guitar sound blasting out of your speakers. I was not really familiar with Kuko De Kobra but I like most of what I hear on ‘Return To Splendour’. This band has groove, can be very heavy or at moments also mellow and traditional but you can be sure that in all songs the guitar is extremely dominant and prominent. The music is most of the time melodic yet heavy. When you hear "Echo Of Stevenson" with is slow grinding riff and extreme heavy guitar work and a bit later listen to the semi-acoustic track "Remember" it seems like two different outfits are at work but the binding factor is the voice John Gamma Sharling who manages to put his stamp on the proceedings as does Andersen. The variation in the material is one of the key points on this record that further has some really cool songs like "Be, Leaf" (very melancholy). All in all a very nice guitar rock record with kick, melody and good songs.

Michel van de Moosdijk / Headbangers Lifestyle (December 2020)
 




 


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