June 24, 2014

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS' "HIGH PRIESTESS" ALBUM REVIEWS

High Priestess is the third album from the Canadian band Kobra and the Lotus. Heavy touring the past few years has helped raise their profile, and this summer's trek with Kiss and Def Leppard will be great exposure.

The new album has the songs to convert those new listeners to fans. The band has upped their game in all aspects on this record. They jump out of the gate with "Warhorse," a track that showcases the powerful vocals of Kobra Paige.

She's classically trained with a wide range and great command, but does not sing in an operatic soprano. She's able to sing with a potent alto, quickly shift to Halford-esque high pitched parts, then back to a lower tone again. The classical training is most evident in the vibrato she uses.

You'll hear elements of traditional metal in Kobra and Lotus' sound along with power metal influences, a little New Wave of British Heavy Metal and a dash of modern metal. The production from Johnny K (Megadeth, Disturbed) is top-notch. It's crystal clear and dynamic without too much glossy sheen.

Read the original review at About.com

Western Canada's KOBRA AND THE LOTUS with their third full length CD and they continue to progress with each successive release. High Priestess serves up to 10 cuts of Metal in the vein of the Classic Metal sound of your Maiden or Priest. The classically trained vocalist Kobra and Paige leading the way with her distinct sound and her high pitched screams that makes me want to call her the Air Raid Sireness.

Read the original review at TheMetalPit.com

June 23, 2014

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS' NEW MUSIC VIDEO "SOLDIER" PREMIERS WORLDWIDE TODAY!

Hard rock and metal fans across the globe: to check out the powerful new video for Kobra And The Lotus' "Soldier." The track is taken from the explosive hard rockers' new studio album, HIGH PRIESTESS, out today in North America via Titan Music. Produced by the Grammy-nominated Johnny K (Megadeth, Disturbed, Three Doors Down), HIGH PRIESTESS delivers a blend of fiery vocals (courtesy of lead singer Kobra Paige), heavy riff-laden melodies and ferocious musicianship. HIGH PRIESTESS was a Top 5 Most Added album in its first week at CMJ Loud Rock radio.

June 12, 2014

PRE-ORDER "HIGH PRIESTESS" BY KORBRA AND THE LOTUS NOW!

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June 11, 2014

HIGH PRIESTESS INVOCATION: EXCLUSIVE KOBRA & THE LOTUS PREMIERE!

By the time future preconception-leveling heavy metal siren Kobra Paige hit age fifteen the Calgary, Alberta native had already been studying piano, classical vocal technique, and music theory for eight solid years. She possessed the pipes for a career in opera, but found her teenage musical muse gravitating toward punk.

And then Judas Priest came through town on the Painkiller tour.

"The energy in the arena; the power of the riffs; the way Halford carried himself on stage, so strong - I saw all of this and thought, 'Oh, wow, there actually is a place for me out there in the world!'" Paige tells Decibel. "It hooked me right away. I knew I had to be a part of that culture."

Befitting a woman who would one day dub herself a "heavy metal shaman" in her Twitter bio, Paige didn't sit around waiting for magic to conjure itself. She hit the classifieds.

"I really just wanted to jam at first; do some covers: Priest, Maiden - classic eighties metal, basically," she says. "But when I met up with the guys, we played 'Aces High' through once I think, then immediately moved onto writing our own songs."

Enter Kobra and the Lotus, a band that saw Paige transition to her newfound sturm und drang passion without forsaking the in extremis elements that characterized the best-loved parts of her previous lofty vocation. "Metal," she avers, "was a place I could use the voice I was born with as well as the tools, like vibrato, I'd developed in classical training to an end that was much more authentic to me, as an individual, than opera."

A much-praised self-titled debut and touring followed - including pinch-me dream slots supporting Priest - a crucible in which both musical chops and philosophical intent were further honed.

The culmination of that evolving vision - High Priestess; out June 24 - is a stunning slab of beating, bleeding traditional metal heart and unadulterated bombast refracted and heightened through a dynamic prism of those very things that are actually right with modern metal.

March 28, 2014

KOBRA PAIGE IN SOFIA, BULGARIA

Kobra Paige in Sofia, Bulgaria with Metal All Stars.

March 19, 2014

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS' KOBRA PAIGE TO GUEST ON WVOX'S METAL MAYHEM TONIGHT

Host Matthew O'Shaughnessy gets all the exclusive details on the upcoming European Metal All-Stars 2014 Tour and more from KOBRA AND THE LOTUS vocalist Kobra Paige tonight, Tuesday, March 18th at 10:30 PM, EST - heard worldwide on WVOX.com and locally in New York at 1460 AM.

Some of heavy metal's biggest names are onboard for the Metal All-Stars Tour which commences in Sofia, Bulgaria on March 23rd and continues through Europe till April 9th in Russia.

Confirmed artists include: Kobra Paige of Kobra And The Lotus, ANTHRAX' Joey Belladonna, PHIL ANSELMO, ZAKK WYLDE, SHADOWS FALL's Brian Fair, U.D.O.'s Udo Dirkschneider, and many more, including MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman VINCE NEIL as special guest.

Read more at Bravewords.com

March 10, 2014

METAL ALL STARS TOUR PROMOTIONAL POSTERS

February 21, 2014

METAL ALL STARS ADVERTISEMENT IN MINSK, BELARUS

This is a huge billboard advertisement of Kobra Paige that has been posted around Minsk, Belarus to promote the Metal All Stars show there on April 1st.

January 7, 2014

‘TOP 25 WOMEN IN HARD ROCK AND METAL

Brittany Paige founded her Canadian-based band, Kobra And The Lotus with guitarist Chris Swenson and drummer Griffin Kissack in 2008. She is the fire-breathing, driving force behind the band’s straight forward, “fuck sub-genres,” metal sound. Well versed as both a pianist and powerhouse vocalist, she studied classical music with The Royal Music Conservatory of Canada. The band was signed by Gene Simmons’ Universal sub-label, and last year released the band’s debut record. Paige has all the requisite front(wo)man requirements down; stunning beauty, feisty attitude and impeccable pipes (and I do mean her voice). More than that, she has an intangible charisma that just explodes forth when she performs: An undefinable magnetism that sets her apart from many of her male and female counterparts. Paige does not pull punches either: ”I am who I am and this is my voice; If it’s not bad-ass enough for some people, that’s just too bad.” She and the band spent much of 2013 destroying the countryside, introducing North America to the band’s heavy and colorful sound.

See more at: Metalholic.com

December 9, 2013

‘TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2013′ COUNTDOWN – #23: KOBRA AND THE LOTUS - SELF TITLED

Formed by vocalist Kobra Paige, Canadian heavy metal band Kobra And The Lotus have been pursuing their musical journey since 2009, but this year they’ve broken out into the spotlight and garnered attention in a manner more emphatic than most other new bands have been able to. Kobra Paige is obviously the face of the band, but the stigma that’s associated with female-fronted bands has, for the most part, escaped Kobra And The Lotus as they’ve been able to win fans through a display of sheer musical talent on their studio compositions and the quality of their live performances. Their self-titled album was released this year on Gene Simmons’ label in association with Universal Music. Simmons and Universal have certainly unearthed a gem in the form of Kobra And The Lotus. A giant leap forward from their 2010 debut ‘Out Of The Pit’, this new album brings forth the vocal abilities of Kobra Paige and the music is excellently crafted not only to suit her vocals but to stand out on its own as well, specially with the guitar harmonies and solos. This 42-minute set of ten tunes takes inspiration from old-school heavy metal and blends in the good aspects of power and epic metal to create a sound they can truly call their own. Besides, there’s an exotic touch infused, in the lyrics of songs like ‘Nayana’ and ‘Aria Of Karmika’. Whenever somebody listens to a new band for the first time, the immediate question on their mind is, ‘What does this band sound like?’ In the case of Kobra And The Lotus is, they sound like no one but themselves. If you’re even remotely a fan of the sub-genres mentioned above, give this album a try and be blown away. One of the strongest, sonically richest releases of 2013, without a doubt.

See more at: MetalAssault.com

November 6th,2013

 

FIRST OF METAL ALL STAR DATES


The Asia/Australia dates are as follows:


February 1, 2014

Jakarta Indonesia

Lapangan D Senayan Arena


February 3, 2014

TBD Asia show


February 5, 2013

Brisbane, Australia

Entertainment Centre


February 7, 2014

Sydney, Australia

Entertainment Centre


February 9, 2014

Melbourne, Australia

Rod Laver Arena


The Europe run is as follows


March 24, 2014

Sofia, Bulgaria

Armeec Hall


March 26, 2014

Wroclaw, Poland

Arena


March 28, 2014

Gdansk, Poland

Ergo Arena


March 30, 2014

Kiev, Ukraine

Stereo Plaza


April 1, 2014

Minsk, Belarus

The New Sport Arena


April 3, 2014

Stockholm, Sweden

Globe Arena


April 5, 2014

Helsinki, Finland

Old Ice Arena


April 7, 2014

Saint Petersburg, Russia

YBL Arena


April 9, 2014

Moscow, Russia

Live Arena

November 4th,2013

NEW KOBRA AND THE LOTUS ALBUM


November 2nd,2013

TWEET FROM KOBRA AND THE LOTUS


@genesimmons Last Week in Berlin at White Trash


November 1st,2013

TWEET FROM THE ENVY


Having an ironic Halloween experience with @genesimmons.


August 5th,2013

VALLEY HYPE REVIEWS THE KOBRA AND THE LOTUS


Story excerpt and photo by Melina Dellamarggio

“The lights dimmed and the crowd waited in anticipation as Kobra and the Lotus took the stage with driving force. Paige's voice echoing throughout the venue, Kobra and the Lotus delivered a performance that Arizona won't forget. Beautiful, operatic tones, combined with screaming guitars and double bass made for an amazing concoction that rang through Martini Ranch. Putting on a powerful show, the band played an amazing set that included the hit, '50 Shades of Evil' from their self-titled album. Fans, packed to the door, could be seen throwing out the 'metal' horns in tribute. With no more dates planned for their tour with Amaranthe, Kobra and the Lotus finish out their stay in the U.S. with Monday night's show in Scottsdale before heading back to Canada.”

 

CLICK HERE to read the full article!

August 3rd, 2013

REVIEW: AMARANTHE HEADLINES THE ROXBURY


Story excerpt by Larry Petro and photo by Craig Newman

“Opening the show was Canada's current heavy metal band KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, have now toured the U.S. three times since the end of 2012. Europe has become their second home as their music message has spread by word of mouth, advertising and indie webzines and magazines. When they came on stage, their music was like bombs striking the ground. Fronted by the beautiful Kobra Paige, whose vocals are powerful. the band's energy kept the fans fist pumping and head banging though their 45 minute set from their debut album on Simmons/Universal records, which includes the songs 'Welcome To My Funereal,' '50 Shades of Evil,' 'Nayana (Eyes),' 'Sanctuary,' 'No Rest For The Wicked' and a song released on the Japanese release 'Calm before the Storm.' They will be releasing their next album during 2014 which the fans are waiting for. It will have the venom that the band always strikes with.”

 

CLICK HERE to read the full article!

August 1st, 2013

REVIEW: AMARANTHE KOBRA AND THE LOTUS LIVE AT THE ROXY


Story excerpt and photo by Andrew Bansal

“Now, this band has been around for more than four years but very recently they got signed to a label on the Universal Music roster and subsequently co-signed onto Gene Simmons' record label which got them immediate attention out of the blue. I checked out their self-titled album and enjoyed the female-fronted epic metal I heard. Many people told me that the band is even better live, and I was looking forward to find that out for myself last night. Based on frontwoman Kobra Paige and her band's performance, it's safe to say that the girl can sing, can command the attention of a crowd with her vocals alone, and has a great band to back her up, specially the two guitarists who put forth some scorching riffs and grand melodies. I thought it was an excellent set from them overall. Having said that, I did think their style of music, the vocals in particular, comes across as 'too epic' for North American audiences. This is a band that's undoubtedly destined for bigger success in Europe and South America, but regardless, it was great to see a legit female-fronted band like theirs play some solid tunes.…”

 

CLICK HERE to read the full article!

July 31st, 2013

 

July 30th, 2013

 

 

July 25th, 2013

REVIEW: WEST CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA, USA


Story excerpt and photo by Joe Prostredny

… If you like power metal, there is really nothing not to like about this band! They are a five piece band from western Canada that have released two albums so far. Their debut album, “Out of the Pit”, was released on an independent label. Their second, self-titled, album was released in the US this year. Their music has everything that a power metal band should have: driving bass, rapid drum cadence, and dueling lead guitars!

 

And the vocals….!! The band is fronted by Brittany “Kobra” Page. I have seen this band before and the power of her vocals when she opens her mouth still astounds me! Her vocals are clean and are of the same caliber as that of heavy metal legends like Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)! Most of the songs were from the new album including “Welcome to my Funeral” and “Forever One”. Many people in the audience were already familiar with Kobra and the Lotus, but those that weren’t also seemed very impressed with the show. Kobra Page is an incredible front woman that takes the audience by the throat from the first song and never lets go. She is very interactive, but takes a spot at the back left of the stage when it is time for the guitarists to take the spotlight! The set ended with the “50 Shades of Evil”, which is a perfect song to showcase the bands musicality and Kobra’s vocal range (watch the video for this song if you haven’t yet!!). Kobra and the Lotus are a very fan friendly band. They came out to the merchandise stand after their set to meet and talk with the fans. They stayed out until the very end of the night for pictures, signing, and conversation.  [To read the full review, click on the link below...]

burstzine.com 

 

July 24th, 2013

HERE'S A FAN LETTER... FROM METAL RECORDING SERVICES' STEVE LOTT

If only I could convince you to do some work with my studio, even passing through as pre-production roughs while on tour.

Heard the band playing at Spin Street Records Memphis while following up on some Independent Marketing work [with] Lisa Root at New Noise Magazine. Immediately got staff to find out what was playing now and bought the CD. Impressive.


I had instantly wondered if this was a new Kamelot line up, the singing was so Opera style strong, I assumed there was a Rory Khan replacement involved, and the playing being so tight. As a personal friend of that band’s former bass player, Glenn Barry, I wouldn’t give up the accolade easy either. The only wish I could have for the album most unusually was that it was longer.


You all rock in a way that may help an entire genre regain credibility and fans.


Thank you, thank you, thank you very much. Why aren’t you bumping one [of] the weaker line up bands of the Scion Rock Fest in Memphis?

Yeah, share this with the promoter, Mid-South area! Metal studio owner wishes this is what the Region would get exposed to! This band raises the bar, and it [is] about time.


Cordially,


Steve Lott

 

July 23rd, 2013

kobrapaige (on Instagram)  

Crossing the border on tour and wake up to find we are at Dan Aykroyd's lake house, telling us to get off the bus and come for a swim! My eyes aren't even open yet lol @crystal_head #original #ghostbusters#road #warrior #crystal #head #skull #vodka #beautiful#canada #nature #woman #Repost from @jaansolowith @repostapp

 

July 6th, 2013

 

THIS, JUST IN FROM STEPPIN' OUT MAGAZINE...

 

June 29th, 2013

 

Album Review: Kobra And The Lotus - Self Titled

Written by The Rock Man

I remember Rob Halford, lead singer of Judas Priest, once saying of himself and the band, “Only a gay man could have led this band.” After hearing that I wondered who else could have taken the reigns of this metal icon? Could a female vocalist do the job and what would that sound like? Well I imagine it would sound a lot like new comers to the metal scene, Kobra and the Lotus.

Kobra and the Lotus hail from Canada and are signed to Simmons Records. For those of you who do not know, Simmons Records is one of many ventures by KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons. Now at this point let me declare my undying devotion for KISS - so when I hear Gene Simmons has put his name, money or reputation to a product I know it’s not going to be rubbish. And Mr Simmons has well and truly backed a winner with Kobra and the Lotus.

 

 Imagine Iron Maiden, Iced Earth or Hammerfall being led by Lita Ford or ‘80s metal queen Lee Aaron and you get a fair idea of what Kobra and the Lotus are all about. This fresh quintet is led by Kobra Paige, who can rock like Ford, Aaron or Doro but she is her own performer. The only word that can describe her vocal ability is “powerhouse.” She has a monster set of pipes and she knows how to use them to their true potential.

The rest of the band is Charlie Parra del Riego and Jasio Kulakowski on lead/rhythm guitar and Griffin Kissack on drums. 2013 sees the band release its 10 track self titled album and it is a musical assault you will happily take again and again. The musicianship is tight, aggressive and upbeat throughout and the vocals, as I’ve mentioned, are just monstrous.

Every track on this record is a winner and will keep you engaged from the opening track 50 "Shades of Evil," to the final moments of the last track. Other standout moments include "Forever One," "Sanctuary," and "No Rest For The Wicked." This is a band that could have easily succeeded during the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” era in the early ‘80s - they have that kind of vibe about them. But do not let the fact that it is three decades later and they are not British put you off. If you long for a time when metal was straight forward with aggressive melodic riffs and power vocals, you simply must get a hold of Kobra and the Lotus.

 

June 17th, 2013

Despite her band's galloping thrash rhythms, Canadian iron maiden Kobra Paige had always struck me as pop and indebted to Evanescence's Amy Lee. My confusion stemmed from the polish of Las Vegas-based producer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, In This Moment) who tends to airbrush sonic warts. As a result, the Churko-touched songs on Lotus's self-titled Universal Records debut sound like a bid for mainstream attention. But once Paige—draped in black leather, silver face paint and blonde dreads—stepped onstage with her ass-whuppin' bandmates, there was no compromise. Even the hardcore underground metal gals who were there to see headliner Fear Factory were converted. They head-banged to "Welcome to My Funeral," a pyre of Middle Eastern scales and menacing grooves. Paige is a relentlessly epic power-metal vocalist. Meanwhile, guitarists Jasio Kulakowski and Peruvian fret-burner Charlie Parra del Riego tore into every song—doubled leads, harmonic runs, the works. Lotus unleashed a 45-minute set that ended with the gnarly, pounding "50 Shades of Evil." Bombastic, charismatic, Paige didn't just bare her fangs; she sank them into the sizeable audience.

CLICK HERE to read the full article!

 


June 12th, 2013

 

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS CONTINUE THEIR QUEST TO CONQUER NORTH AMERICAN WITH ADDITONAL TOUR DATES IN JULY
Their Own “ROCK CITY” TV Show Premieres On SPIKE TV In September

“This band on the rise definitely lives up to the hype and then some. Had they been allowed one more minute on stage they would have stolen the show.” – Oregon Music News

 

After a successful and extensive two-month North American tour, Kobra And The Lotus continue their quest to conquer the U.S. with additional tour dates, with the Swedish/Danish modern metal sextet Amaranthe, in support of their new album KOBRA AND THE LOTUS. This second leg kicks off in New York at The Gramercy Theatre on July 17th and includes dates in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Canada, Illinois, Minnesota, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and Hollywood, California at The Roxy Theatre.

Spike TV’s “Rock City” will be joining the tour, chronicling life on the road with Kobra And The Lotus with camera crews that will follow and capture the grit, drama, and thrills, both on the road and off, as this emerging metal band takes to the road on their world tour. The 8-episode season of “Rock City” will air this fall.

Formed in 2009 by powerhouse vocalist Kobra Paige, Kobra And The Lotus have been more than busy touring Canada, the UK and Europe extensively with ball-busting hard work and intensity that secured coveted slots at Hellfest, Wacken Open Air, Download and Bloodstock in 2012.

Kobra And The Lotus made their major label debut in April with the release of their self-titled album KOBRA AND THE LOTUS on Simmons Records/T-Boy Records/Universal Music Enterprises (UME), quickly hitting #13 on the CMJ Loud Rock chart. With driving anthems such as “50 Shades of Evil,” “Welcome To My Funeral,” “My Life” and “Forever One,” KOBRA AND THE LOTUS packs a powerful 10-track punch featuring the multi-range wailing vocals of metal hellion Kobra Paige, the infectious harmonies and sweeping choruses over powerful metal riffs, and thundering bass with rapid fire percussion.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
July 17                       The Gramercy Theatre        New York, NY
July 18                       The Note                                West Chester, PA
July 19                       The Middle East                   Cambridge, MA
July 20                       Virgin Mobile Mod Club      Toronto, ONT
July 22                       Bottom Lounge                     Chicago, IL
July 23                       Triple Rock Social Club      Minneapolis, MN
July 25                       Marquis Theater                   Denver, CO  
July 28                       LVCS                                     Las Vegas, NV
July 29                       Martini Ranch                       Scottsdale, AZ
July 30                       The Roxy Theatre                Hollywood, CA

  • With additional dates to be announced

 

http://www.kobraandthelotus.com

 


June 10th, 2013

Fan Mail:

First off, dont take anything ambigous as critisism - its probably just a reflection and left in for comparison purposes, or a bad attempt at humor. When I want to convey something negative - oh, you'll know.

I showed up late at the Marquee in Tempe 6/6-13. I was hoping that I missed all of the half dozen bands that was going to perform before my meet with the band I toured with back in 1998, Fear Factory. Back then I was obsessed with Demanufacture and I bought into the conceptualism of the Obsolete album. But I digress... when I walk in (without my glasses) I see this skinny guy on a guitar doing sound check, I realized that I have to suffer through some band I have never heard of and to mee this skinny guitarist portrays the obstacle between me and Bell. I deal with this fact accordingly and start to drink beer. The band takes the stage and starts playing. \' The sound picture is not bad\', i think to myself between hasty gulps of my tasty beverage. Then the singing starts, I fast scan left to right, right to left but dont see where it\'s coming from. This gorgeous girl takes the stage.. and not only is she pretty, she carries a tune.. my first thought goes to old Bruce Dickinson with a flair. I am having a hard time holding on to my grudge as these musicians are still the reason that FF in not force feeding me old hits I know by heart in the face. The more I watch, the more I like. I have never heard of you guys before, and if I just say your band name I would have never given you the chance.. but here I was, my hands were tied and i enjoyed it. You guys are really good.. I mean you converted me from sceptic to a fan in probably 4-5 songs.. and thats despite the issues with the vocal sound (not you sweetheart, the technical issues).

The drummer - solid. I ususally dont say much about drummers, because they are their own breed with a wicked sense of humor both off and on stage. In Sweden we call them Trumslagare (drum beaters) which I feel is a excellent description.. or as I refer to the as Batterist.. that\'s member of the Battery, where battery means anything you hit.

Guitars and bass. The bass player brings alot of joy, and self amusement onto the stage. That\'s the back bone of the performance. Then we have the Peruvian fellow who looks like he fell off Sepulturas tour bus (I know theyre Brazilian, but any guy from south america in a pair fo shorts like that is a Sepultura fan - tell me I\'m wrong). Excellent addition to the band. Doesnt look like the rest of you, hes definitely the off man out.. but fuck that, he brought it. As did, Dave Mustaine with the eating disorder - as I first described him as.. but man can he play. All my cudos and the fact that I truly enjoyed this guy playing. Of course, the singer. Yes, I admit that I was smitten by her beauty and I am ashamed that this has such impact on me.. but the presence was there. The smile, the energy. Few females can pull that off. (Actually only Angela Gossow and Cristina Scabbia is to par) But I shouldnt say more regarding you being a female.. cos the vocals are totally in the sausage fest of the boys club. Awesome vocals. I will buy the record this weekend so I can decypher the lyrics and concept.

If ever coming back to the heart of the desert.. let me know, and I will bring you some decent beer or donuts (all my intel on Canada is from How I Met Your Mother, and I am impressed that I have made no Robin Daggers reference) or whatever you canadians might enjoy.. I would also bring you some of the best Swedish Metal that never made it outside Scandinavia (and it a proverbial gold mine).

Congrats and thank you for an awesome show. I will see you guys again.

Martin - Swedish Metalhead, writer, veteran, former guitarist in Henglep.

 


June 6th, 2013

Fear Factory's 'Industrialist Tour' made a stop at the Hawthorne Theatre on May 31. I was hanging out in the lounge waiting for the local support acts to clear the stage when I happen upon a "fan" who asked, "dude, do you think Fear Factory will be playing "Cars" tonight?!" "There's absolutely no way they'll be playing that in the set tonight. That was a novelty song they did for fun with Gary Numan—nothing more," I said. Holding what appeared to be his fourth drink in hand, he gave me puzzled look and then scattered. Luckily that encounter wasn't a precursor of what was yet to come….or would it be?

CLICK HERE to read the full article!

 


June 5th, 2013

www.KobraAndTheLotus.com

 

The first national act of the night was the modern metal band Kobra and the Lotus who are signed to Gene Simmons' re-launched Simmons Records through Universal Music. Led by magnetic singer Kobra Paige, the Calgary, Alberta quintet play modern, edgy power metal without the European cheesy factor; like you'd find let's say in a Hammerfall and the like. Kobra and the Lotus recently issued their major label self-titled debut which was produced by fellow Canadian Kevin Churko (In This Moment, Ozzy Osbourne). This band on the rise definitely lives up to the hype and then some. Had they been allowed one more minute on stage they would have stolen the show.

Fear Factory Industrialist Tour Comes To Portland!

 


May 14th, 2013

www.KobraAndTheLotus.com

 

Kobra & The Lotus getting some traction

Here is Kobra & The Lotus getting some traction. When the fans do this on their own, it's the real thing

 

 


April 23th, 2013

Hey Folks–

Just confirmed that Kobra and the Lotus will be Clear Channel Online’s featured developing artist for the entire month of June. They’ll receive prime placement on all of their Active Rock station websites and a whole lot more.

More details to follow.





April 18th, 2013

 

www.KobraAndTheLotus.com

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April 18th-

 

 

www.KobraAndTheLotus.com

 

Simmons Records/UME Recording Artists Kobra And The Lotus Make Their Major Label Debut April 16th.


Their Own “ROCK CITY” TV Show Premieres on SPIKE TV in September.

 

LOS ANGELES - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Kobra And The Lotus make their major label debut with their self-titled album KOBRA AND THE LOTUS on April 16, 2013, on Simmons Records/T-Boy Records/Universal Music Enterprises (UME).

Formed in 2009 by powerhouse vocalist Kobra Paige, Kobra And The Lotus have been more than busy touring Canada, the UK and Europe extensively with ball-busting hard work and intensity that secured coveted slots at Hellfest, Wacken Open Air, Download and Bloodstock in 2012.

The life of Kobra Paige and her band Kobra And The Lotus, will be chronicled for the show “Rock City,” airing on Spike TV, Fall 2013. Their 8 episode season will follow the grit, drama, and thrills, both on the road and off, as this emerging metal band takes to the road on their world tour.

Featuring female metal warrior Kobra Paige on lead vocals, Jasio Kulakowski on guitar, Pete Dimov on bass and Griffin Kissack on drums, the band recently added Latin America’s most famous metal axeman Charlie Parra del Riego.

For Kobra And The Lotus’ self-titled release, producer Kevin Churko (Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne) was brought in to assist delivering precise songs heavy with emotion. The Kobra and The Lotus release has an intentionally grand-scale dynamic, magnifying the glories of the genre and making its mark as ‘arena’ rather than ‘garage’ rock.

The band is co-signed to Gene Simmons’ label - Simmons’ Records. Simmons has a longstanding reputation for discovering, assisting or recognizing new artists like Van Halen. Many of the early artist demos he worked on or helped with have gone on to become multi-platinum records and legendary rock anthems.

Andy Gould, head and curator of T-Boy Records, recognized Kobra’s talent and his newly minted T-Boy Records will serve as the umbrella label for Kobra and The Lotus. T-Boy Records releases new music and albums from established iconic hard-rock bands. Current releases include Rob Zombie’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (due April 23) and Megadeth’s Super Collider (due June 4). Gould adds, “It’s great to have a fresh act on the label that is carrying on all the best heavy metal traditions. And of course, it’s fantastic to be in business with Gene [Simmons].”

Kobra and The Lotus packs a powerful 10-track punch featuring the multi-range wailing vocals of metal hellion Kobra Paige, with infectious harmonies and sweeping choruses over powerful metal riffs, thundering bass and rapid fire percussion. Kobra and The Lotus contains driving anthems “50 Shades of Evil,” “Welcome To My Funeral,” “My Life” and “Forever One,” more dramatic stylings in “Aria of Karmika,” and they build on tradition with “Nayana” and “No Rest For The Wicked.” The band sets the stage for a tender intimate moment with “Sanctuary” before launching into skull-crushing guitars to carry the track out.

In support of their new album, Kobra And The Lotus will now take on America with an extensive North American tour supporting Fear Factory. The carnage starts April 14 in Colorado Springs, CO, winding throughout the U.S. and Canada conquering this continent one face-melting show at a time.

 

 

In short, heavy metal has a New Face. A New Voice. A New Name. Kobra And The Lotus.

 

www.KobraAndTheLotus.com

 

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Contacts

Universal Music Enterprises (UME)
Keren Poznansky, 310-865-7797
keren.poznansky@umusic.com
or
Meg McLean Corso, 310-865-9804
megan.mclean@umusic.com

 

 

 


April 10th-

 

 

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS SELF-TITLED MAJOR LABEL DEBUT RELEASED APRIL 16

 

10 April 2013 (Toronto) – Female metal warrior Kobra Paige, along with guitarist Jasio Kulakowski, bassist Pete Dimov and drummer Griffin Kissack of Kobra And The Lotus are set to make their self-titled, major label debut on Tuesday, April 16TH via Simmons Records/T-Boy Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.  

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS packs a powerful 10-track punch featuring Paige’s multi-range wailing vocals, with infectious harmonies and sweeping choruses over powerful metal riffs, thundering bass and rapid fire percussion. It also contains driving anthems “50 Shades of Evil”, “Welcome To My Funeral”, “My Life” and “Forever One”. They offer more dramatic styling’s in “Aria of Karmika”, and build on tradition with “Nayana” and “No Rest For The Wicked”. The band sets the stage for a tender intimate moment with “Sanctuary” before launching into skull-crushing guitars to carry the track out.

For the process of the album’s inception, producer Kevin Churko (Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne) was brought in to assist in delivering precise songs heavy with emotion. The release has an intentionally grand-scale dynamic, magnifying the glories of the genre and making its mark as ‘arena’ rather than ‘garage’ rock.

In the fall of 2013, the life of Kobra Paige and her band will be chronicled for the show “Rock City”, which will air on Spike TV. The eight episode season will follow the grit, drama, and thrills, both on the road and off, as this emerging metal band takes to the road on their world tour.

Formed in 2009, Kobra And The Lotus have been more than busy touring Canada, the UK and Europe extensively with ball-busting hard work and intensity that secured coveted slots at Hellfest, Wacken Open Air, Download and  Bloodstock in 2012.

In short, heavy metal has a New Face. A New Voice. A New Name. Kobra And The Lotus.

In support of their new album, Kobra And The Lotus are headed out on an extensive North American tour with Fear Factory. The carnage starts April 14 in Colorado Springs, CO, and visits Canada for one stop, April 24, at Toronto's Opera House.

 

www.KobraAndTheLotus.com

 




Mar 27th-

 

 

SIMMONS RECORDS/UME RECORDING ARTIST
Kobra And The Lotus make their major label American debut April 16th
Join Fear Factory Tour April 14
Their Own “ROCK CITY” TV Show Premieres On SPIKE TV In September

 

 

www.KobraAndTheLotus.com 

 

Kobra And The Lotus make their major label debut with their self-titled album KOBRA AND THE LOTUS on April 16, 2013, on Simmons Records/T-Boy Records/Universal Music Enterprises (UME).

Formed in 2009 by powerhouse vocalist Kobra Paige, Kobra And The Lotus have been more than busy touring Canada, the UK and Europe extensively with ball-busting hard work and intensity that secured coveted slots at Hellfest, Wacken Open Air, Download and Bloodstock in 2012.

The life of Kobra Paige and her band Kobra And The Lotus, will be chronicled for the show “Rock City,” airing on Spike TV, Fall 2013. Their 8 episode season will follow the grit, drama, and thrills, both on the road and off, as this emerging metal band takes to the road on their world tour.

Featuring female metal warrior Kobra Paige on lead vocals, Jasio Kulakowski on guitar, Pete Dimov on bass and Griffin Kissack on drums, the band recently added Latin America’s most famous metal axeman Charlie Parra del Riego.

For Kobra And The Lotus’ self-titled release, producer Kevin Churko (Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne) was brought in to assist delivering precise songs heavy with emotion. The Kobra and The Lotus release has an intentionallygrand-scale dynamic, magnifying the glories of the genre and making its mark as ‘arena’ rather than ‘garage’ rock.

The band is co-signed to Gene Simmons’ label - Simmons’ Records. Simmons has a longstanding reputation for discovering, assisting or recognizing new artists like Van Halen. Many of the early artist demos he worked on or helped with have gone on to become multi-platinum records and legendary rock anthems.

Andy Gould, head and curator of T-Boy Records, recognized Kobra’s talent and his newly minted T-Boy Records will serve as the umbrella label for Kobra And The Lotus. T-Boy Records releases new music and albums from established iconic hard-rock bands. Current releases include Rob Zombie’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (due April 23) and Megadeth’s Super Collider (due June 4). Gould adds, “It’s great to have a fresh act on the label that is carrying on all the best heavy metal traditions. And of course, it’s fantastic to be in business with Gene [Simmons].”

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS packs a powerful 10-track punch featuring the multi-range wailing vocals of metal hellion Kobra Paige, with infectious harmonies and sweeping choruses over powerful metal riffs, thundering bass and rapid fire percussion.KOBRA AND THE LOTUS contains driving anthems “50 Shades of Evil,” “Welcome To My Funeral,” “My Life” and “Forever One,” more dramatic stylings in “Aria of Karmika,” and they build on tradition with “Nayana” and “No Rest For The Wicked”. The band sets the stage for a tender intimate moment with “Sanctuary” before launching into skull-crushing guitars to carry the track out.

In support of their new album, Kobra And The Lotus will now take on America with an extensive North American tour supporting Fear Factory. The carnage starts April 14 in Colorado Springs, CO winding throughout the U.S. and Canada conquering this continent one face-melting show at a time.




Mar 15th-

 

 

This week was the premiere of The Envy’s new track & video for “Music To My Ears”. http://www.theenvymusic.com

The video is currently featured on vevo.com and was also feature on the homepage of MTV.ca this Wednesday. Screen grabs below.

The track is impacting radio now and received 2 adds this week (Wolf Regina / Rock Oshawa)

This is a solid song and video, please check it out and share where you can! - http://vevo.ly/XFlrIT

 




Jan 30th-

 



Jan 26th-

Here's a photo from England's Kerrang magazine, featuring Kobra And The Lotus in the ‘Bands To Look Out For in 2013’ composite feature.

Pretty cool!





Dec 22nd-

KISS legend GENE SIMMONS has checked in with the following update.

"KOBRA AND THE LOTUS on Simmons/Universal played an industry show at the Whiskey in Los Angeles. They killed it. Amazing musicianship. Tight as a razor. Killer vocals by Kobra Paige. The fans went nuts."

Attending were Universal Records' Bruce Resnikoff and his team, Araca head Michael Rego, whose company produces B'way shows JERSEY BOYS and WICKED. Eric Singer came down. And India Allen was there. Her production entity is producing Rock City (Spike), which will feature a full season of Kobra And The Lotus. Coming in the New Year."

A photo gallery from Kobra And The Lotus's December 20th show at the Whiskey is available here.




Dec 21st-


On the eighth day of Christmas Spinefarm gave to me... An exclusive Christmas message from Kobra And The Lotus!

While touring the UK, Kobra And The Lotus popped by the Spinefarm offices to do a couple of interviews and record you guys a 'Merry Metal Christmas' ...well they attempted to anyway...




Dec 19th-

Kobra and the Lotus. It was actually a struggle to put into words the sheer awesomeness of this band and, in particular, lead singer Kobra Paige so I’ll try and keep it technical.

Having recently released their self-titled album, Kobra and the Lotus, the band are currently touring Europe with their new material and bringing their distinct musical vision to crowds all over. The Canadian group’s sound has often been referred to as classic NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) with comparisons to bands such as Iron Maiden but though such influences are clearly present, Kobra and the Lotus very much forge their own path and represent a highly original sound that has been produced with bucketloads of talent.

With a hugely heavy opening, announcing their arrival on the stage and into the memories of all those watching, the band kicked off into a set that highlighted them as a band to watch and one with which has been very helpful in adding to my Spotify playlist.

The band is still relatively new, particularly in its current incarnation, but they play like veterans and display a musical talent and a union that is impressive considering the so far short life of the band.

The immediate impact was that of the furious drumming of the impressively named Lord Griffin Kissack, an original band member since 2009, that is indicative of the drive behind Kobra and the Lotus and delivered a heaviness that was grounded in the incredibly tight bass work of Ben Freud, band member since 2011, who managed to give both an incredible rhythm to the heaviness while also maintaining the low end rumble that is required of metal band bass work.

On top of this were the powerful melodies of guitarists Jasio Kulakowski and Charlie Parra del Riego, both joined the band this year, which aided in delivering the strong emotional currents that ran consistently throughout the set. There were also some epic guitar solos showcasing the full ability of the guitarists.

But highest praise must go to Kobra herself. With a voice so powerful it was damn near operatic, Kobra controlled the stage, showing that despite the male dominated metal scene, women are just as capable and in this case more capable than men of delivering full throttle metal. It was a shame that voice wasn’t used to interact with the crowd more, but with such a high class performance this concern faded swiftly into the background as another anthem was ripped out of the speakers.





Dec 13th-


Simmons/Universal recording artists KOBRA & THE LOTUS will be making their Los Angeles debut for the industry and friends.
Please come and see what all the excitement is all about.

KOBRA & THE LOTUS
DATE: December 20th, 2012
TIME: 8:00 PM sharp

Whiskey A Go Go
8901 Sunset Blvd
West Hollwood, CA





Dec 2nd-

Check out this Envy tattoo from a real fan.






Nov 22nd-

Kobra & The Lotus's next feature in Metal Hammer magazine!

An epic event. Kobra Paige & Doro Pesch. 2 metal queens together!





Nov 19th-

I fully realize that this is an album review, which usually means an all-encompassing review of the whole thing, but I’m going to focus on the single “Music To My Ears” because it pretty well explains this band and the rest of the record, so we’ll call it context.

When I sit down to write something I try to challenge myself to only write solid single sentences, that is sentences that are strong enough to stand alone as statements in an of themselves. I don’t always succeed at the first try, but that being said, I like a band that makes an effort to do the same.

When most every line in a song has the right words in it so much so that you wish you had of thought of it yourself, someone’s written lyrics that speak. The point of a song like “Music To My Ears” is really to sum up the feeling of being restless, undefeatable, and absolutely alive, that so naturally defines each of us in our youth.

When I was 20-years-old I wanted nothing more than to stand out in the cold air, in the darkness, on the balcony of a friend’s apartment, high on love and drinking to get drunk, so we could conquer the night cause that’s what you fucking do. You do whatever, whenever because it feels good, and cause youth and city lights are such a wonderfully catalytic combination.

I love that there is a Foo Fighters reference smack in the middle of the second verse, and that I instantly get a knot in the pit of my stomach because I’ve had that experience too.

So like I said, if the lyrics are good and the music is just really complimentary, like I’m talking coffee is to a cigarette, and it gives people the feeling, in this case, it’s that great airy, soaring feeling that is rarely matched by things that aren’t good music, well then you’re on to something.

This is a really killer first single for The Envy, and it’s a good gage for the rest of the Conception EP as well. My personal preference lies with a song called “Food For Worms”, it’s got a 90’s sort of industrial rock feel to it and it’s anchored by this sentiment: “all we are is what we make, but what you build in this life you can’t take, all you leave behind confirms, we are more than food for worms.”



Nov 13th-

Deception/Conception is a balance of work like Ying and Yang. The Fingers crossed sign should have a Ying and Yang symbol in the middle of the palm.

What a great Summer and Fall from THE ENVY. The Conception EP is like Christmas Day when your parents tell you to look in the driveway and there is a convertible parked in the driveway with a red bow around it. A pure Musical gift! Take the Top down and let the pure energy run through your speakers, The Light now shines on Conception, New release from 2.0 version of THE ENVY....Let's take a ride.......

MUSIC TO MY EARS: A high powered Jam starting with a driving beat that grabs the senses. The song reflects on the hard times but sees the sun shining and nothing can hold THE ENVY back while adjusting change. The Band seems determined and this shines throughout the entire song. Uplifting with a new understanding of the direction the band is now headed. A tune that will stay in your head throughout the day. A great Chorus goes a long way and THE ENVY has mastered that Conception!

MIDNIGHT MESSIAH: Is another Jam that takes a stab at understanding that some WILL tell you ANYthing to show you their worth. Whomever THE ENVY is talking about better understand that you are more understood by them than you think you are. A really well Written song with a message that plays to a New Birth or release from believing in those who think they have your best interest in heart but wants to shoulder your success. A real awakening for those who wants to deal with THE ENVY 2.0.

BLEACH: Another uptempo goodie, upbeat and positive. Just when you thought that this EP could not get any better, this song makes you feel good about apologizing. VOID does his usual mastery of sounds, he is a true Wizard! No Bleach can hide the true talent in this group.

FOOD FOR WORMS: THE ENVY went in a whole different direction here. Key Signature changes and other movements. Someone in this band has some classical training. Normally, when you put so much together, one would think that something like this would not work. But FOOD FOR WORMS works perfectly back and forth with several changes. This may be the best song on the whole EP. The BASS player and VOID get wicked! Not only that, how in the world and THE ENVY make you feel positive about being FOOD FOR WORMS? Well they had put a positive spin on dying! Incredible huh?

YOU'RE THE SEX: Did I speak to soon? A INSTANT HIT!! this song will make you hit repeat so many times, you will need to recharge your IPOD. VOID adds his usual perfect solo's and SHAUN's classic voice and this song is a MEGA hit. No doubt I spoke to soon. This is the best, I'm so confused now, this EP keeps climbing higher! SKIN ON SKIN: this classic reminds me why I love THE ENVY! When I heard this live in Bristol, VA. I told my wife we were witnessing the next HAll of Famers. I still believe that! This song has to be the most requested release from ANY ENVY fan. This is a true BONUS that we as fans can never thank you enough for giving us. Just like the song ending with the crowd chanting...THE ENVY...THE ENVY.....

This EP leaves you wanting more! Conception completes the full circle of Ying and Yang. THE ENVY 2.0 is now complete.



Nov 8th-



Oct 22nd-

New Kobra And The Lotus video 50 Shades Of Evil is live, and it’s right here!

50 Shades Of Evil is taken from the band’s self-titled album, out now via Spinefarm.

The video was directed by Lisa Mann, who has already worked with the likes of Apocalyptica and The Used.

“It was an honor to work with a director who is as exceptional as Lisa Mann,” says singer Kobra Paige. “Not only is she passionate, she is a true visionary. Throughout the whole experience she never ceased to amaze us. Lisa’s creative flow is not only boundless it is dynamic and organic. Her consistent level of enthusiasm charged the whole team.”




Sept 27th-

For all you European fans of true heavy metal - get ready for Kobra & The Lotus. On tour with Steel Panther.



Sept 5th-

To celebrate the release of their new self-titled album, Kobra & the Lotus played a one off show at The Borderline, London on August 13th.

Last minute shoots always bring unexpected surprises, none more so than my most recent shoot at The Borderline in London. I only had a couple of hours warning of this gig; enough time to rush home, grab my gear and head off to the venue.

The Borderline is one of London’s most iconic live venues and I enjoy the atmosphere of this underground club, its sound is pretty good, as are the stage lights (Very important when it comes to shooting bands).

Kobra And The Lotus; knowing nothing about them before the gig other than that they were a Female fronted band… I didn’t even know that they were Canadian… Well once their set started, they blew my mind, Kobra Paige has the striking looks of Shakira combined with the vocal range of Rob Halford or Bruce Dickinson, and their guitarists produced blistering guitar solos that sent shivers up my spine. I haven’t enjoyed shooting a gig as much in a long time, I even found myself head banging away after I had finished shooting. Their 3rd song “Welcome to my funeral” is immediately catchy and I can see why it was their choice for a single. I look forward to their return to the UK soon.

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Aug 29th-

Kobra and the Lotus are one of Bloodstock‘s hidden gems this year, bringing an old school metal approach to the gathered masses on Sunday morning, the band wastes none of their short set time but rather rose and unleashed a metal storm, making many new friends in the process.

Fronted by the lovely and somewhat enigmatic Kobra Paige, the band is all Judas Priest riffs wrapped around a Doro centric front woman, its a formula that works well for them, and translates well live. The great thing about Kobra and the Lotus is that in a weekend full with blood, fire and all kinds of other gimmickry, this band resorts to none of the above, instead allowing the music and their own energy to speak for itself.

The band has a confidence and tightness that belies their young age, they have obviously spent the last couple of years honing their craft, making sure that when the time was right so the Kobra could strike with maximum effect and that is exactly what they do.

It's a tough act, being a fairly unknown band, having to open the main stage of a festival on the last day when everyone is either tired or hungover or in most cases both, but this seems to pass right by Kobra and the Lotus who turn in a set that will one day see them ascend to the level of headliner, tracks like ‘Welcome to My Funeral’ and ’50 Shades of Evil’. These and other tracks show the greatness this band already possesses whilst hinting at the heights they will no doubt reach further down the line.

Kobra and the Lotus are going to go on to be a world class band at this rate, and everyone here can say that they witnessed the band come of age right before their very eyes.



Aug 14th-



Aug 14th-

Kobra and The Lotus have been chosen by Media Markt (Germany’s Biggest Retailer,) to be in the “Neue Helden, neuer Sound” campaign for late August. This means “New Heroes, New Sounds.”

The album will be featured on their homepage for two weeks from next week on.






Aug 12th-



Aug 10th-

You can describe the band Kobra and the Lotus in one word. Metal! That’s it. If you want to know what genre or sub-genre to put them in, their self-titled debut album is about as metal as it gets. Hailing from Canada Kobra and the Lotus is a band that fans who have a love for pure metal, should seek out.

There are a growing number of current bands who are bringing metal back to its purest form, but with all due respect to some great bands; in fact it is a great movement in the genre but you would be hard pressed to find a band better than Kobra and the Lotus. They have also received attention from Kiss’ fire breathing demon Gene Simmons who signed them to his label. Kobra and the Lotus’ debut album is a relentless metal extravaganza from the word go and the opening track "50 Shades of Evil".

Lead vocalist Kobra Paige has such a huge voice that has so much power behind it that it is right there in-your-face and impossible not to feel it – her metal-ness cannot be denied. Also impressive is the songwriting and the guitar work from Timothy Vega and Jasio Kulakowski. Next is the grinding "Welcome to my Funeral". The final song is the blistering "Ana of Karmika" which features a galloping Iron Maiden feel to it musically and end things with a bang. The 10-songs on display here are laced with heavy riffs, some great melodic moments and just a huge sound that does more than pay homage to metal of the past – sure those Judas Priest and Iron Maiden influences are there (they have also been compared to the NWOBHM movement, but I don’t really hear it), but the material is far beyond a band that is simply paying respect to their hero’s. Kobra and the Lotus deliver the songs with such sincerity and ferocity. They are the real deal.

Highlights include: "Forever One", "Heaven’s Veins", "Sanctuary" and "No Rest For the Wicked". There is really not much more to say about Kobra and the Lotus except for the fact that this is not only the best debut I have heard all year but in a number of years. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love all of the different styles of metal I am exposed to with this gig – and I have had the pleasure of being exposed to many, many great bands, but sometimes it is easy to become jaded, then along comes a band like Kobra and the Lotus who re-ignites my excitement in metal and music in general. This album did it for me.

Rating - 98/100



Aug 9th-

Whoever said “anticipation is half the fun” either is a big, fat liar or was not waiting for Kobra and the Lotus’s self-titled album. No, actually having Kobra and the Lotus is both halves of the fun! It is no secret that massive, full-throated voices are right down my alley. Couple Kobra Paige’s impressive pipes with muscular (yet nimble) guitar work, and you have a positively killer album in the finest NWOBHM tradition.

Sonic Cathedral’s Robin Stryker sat down with Kobra Paige for one of her first in-depth interviews. Dive in for Kobra’s take on the evolution of Kobra and the Lotus, being signed to Gene Simmons’ label, ginormous snakes, and much more!

Robin: Sonic Cathedral is so happy to welcome Kobra Paige, from the Canadian metal band, Kobra and the Lotus! Kobra, for our readers who will be discovering your band for the first time with your upcoming album, would you give them an introduction to what they are in for?

Kobra: Yeah, I’d love to! Well, this album is the first introduction that we feel has the proper representation of our sound -- the sound that we really want to move towards and evolve towards. It’s very old-school, but it’s not. It has got our own elements of, I guess, what we take to the table. (laughs) I always have trouble describing actually the album. I would say that, if you’re a fan of heavier riffage but that classic soaring vocal melody line and dual lead guitars going on, then this is the kind of album that you will probably enjoy.

Robin: Kobra and the Lotus has been on my watch-list since 2010, but what really sold me on the band was the video for “Welcome to My Funeral,” which is like a mini-movie. What is going on with the storyline of the video?

Kobra: It’s quite dramatic! That story is actually surrounding the topic of self-sabotage and really digging your own hole. It happens many times to a lot of people (myself included), where you can actually sabotage your outcome or your path or whatever you’re moving towards accomplishing by having fear and eating away at yourself. You can just shoot yourself right in the foot by doing that.

So I wrote “Welcome to My Funeral,” which is saying that you are digging your own grave, and it can be interpreted in a lot of different ways. I mean, whatever way you are digging your own grave, whether it be substance abuse or emotional abuse … just something negatively influencing your ambition to move forward through life and LIVE full of life.

So yeah, in that video, I’m directing my own funeral, which is pretty creepy. I close the coffin on myself, and there is kind of the character of myself where I’ve lost my mind and am standing at the pew saying “welcome to my funeral!” Then there’s the part of me that is still alive, but it’s going to the funeral. And then of course, there is just me -- the everyday me -- and there’s a performance. I kind of grabbed all those aspects and put it into one, but it’s the same person.

Robin: It seemed like a bold move for Kobra and the Lotus, who were unsigned, to come out with a rather elaborate video for an album that did not yet have a release date. What was your over-arching thought in doing that?

Kobra: Our motive was to really start getting the new sound out there. We were ready to play the material (even though it wasn’t released yet), and we were just DYING to give people something new to listen to. It was very exciting to hopefully show an evolution in the sound. So we thought it was a great idea to release a taster, as in showing the world kind of what was going to be expected and the direction we were going to take. I think it was an important move for us, and actually, it shifted a lot after that. The momentum kind of picked up more after that video, which was really interesting.

Robin: If I’m not mistaken, that video certainly caught the attention of (among others) Gene Simmons.

Kobra: Yeah, it was pretty wild! That was kind of an intriguing way that it came about because the Universal A&R rep had taken our album that we had with “Welcome to My Funeral” on it to Gene Simmons, thinking he’d be interested. He just loved it, I guess, so now we are working with him. But man, it was a pretty wild series of events … we didn’t see that coming! We were on tour at the time, and our manager sent us the email with his voice -- sent us the phone call, so we could listen to it. It was kind of surreal like: “Is this a joke?! I don’t know.”

Robin: (laughs) Tell me truthfully, if Susan had just sent you an email saying “hey, Gene Simmons loves it” and didn’t send the recording of his voice, would you have believed it?

Kobra: NO, definitely not!!! I would have probably thought, “Oh sure, this is just something that’s been twisted through the grapevine,” which happens a lot every day through all areas of life. (laughs) So there’s no way I would have believed it. But we would have probably ended up meeting him when we got home, so that’s kind of what made it more real.

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Aug 9th-

With it's typical levels effervescent glee, ability to ham up their performances and constant spreading of nostalgia of the days when music was kick-ass, maybe there's more than one reason why modern bands that try and play like Iron Maiden are looked upon with glazed eyes and gritted teeth. But this generally comes from bands that just turn up on stage and basically copy Maiden. It's when a band can take the style, truly pull it off and make it sound as up-to-date and relevant as ever that it's worth shouting about. And so comes Kobra and the Lotus, a band who have been gaining a sturdy following over the past few months who are serious about their heavy metal. And on their self titled album, they most definitely prove this to be the truth.

All to often bands that try this style have been rejected, deemed to be a supposed parody act. Even 3 Inches of Blood, a band that constantly speak of their devotion to playing heavy metal as it should sound have been branded as something of a novelty act. But with Kobra and the Lotus, you get a different feeling from how they play. The level of rising drama amongst raw metallic beatdowns makes the album a fully straight faced affair without then going fully melodramatic and overblown to the extent that it becomes like a Rhapsody of Fire album.

"Pounding" is a good way to describe the kind of experience the band will give you throughout the album. Straight from the opening of 50 Shades of Evil, the super-charged riffage from Jasio Kulkowski bursts into action with a massive level of urgency and delirious passion. With ease, it sums up the sort of energy and intensity that has fueled metal music since the NWOBHM took charge of the genre in the 1980's.

And despite the obvious reminiscence to the likes of Iron Maiden and Dio, Kobra and the Lotus also manage to make their sound just as up-to-date and relevant as any metalcore band that copies each other can do. The guitar work of Nayana is just as reminiscent of Lamb of God as it is of Iced Earth. It's through the use of breakdowns and Pantera-esque grooves that Forever One and My Life that gives the album the sound of something entirely modern as well as a fitting replica of trad metal.

But of course, Kobra and the Lotus' prime weapon is their frontwoman Kobra Paige for eye candy. her powerful vocal performance, giving her the sound of a female Bruce Dickinson. Bursting with the roaring spike of youthful power while also carrying a dustier wisened tone, her performance on the likes of Welcome to My Funeral, Sanctuary and the grand finale of Aria of Karmika are gripping in every sense.

If the recent efforts of bands playing in the spirit of their traditional NWOBHM heroes has been viewed as a joke as of late, then Kobra and the Lotus are sure to give that notion a firm booting up the arse. The band effortlessly perform straight on heavy metal without any kind of over-the-top orchestral backdrops or layers of camp cheesiness. What the band deliver is a performance that fits in well with any other metal release from 1983, but still leaps out with a modern depth and relevance. And that's exactly what's required if newly made classic heavy metal is going to be taken seriously.



Aug 7th-

The new KOBRA AND THE LOTUS site is now live!

http://kobraandthelotus.com



Aug 4th-



Aug 1st-

2 years have ticked by since Canada’s Kobra and the Lotus released their “Out of the Pit” debut. Not content to rest on laurels, KATL have been honing their craft and developing their song-writing for this eponymous album. Featuring three new members, this is a heavy metal extravaganza and everyone is invited to the party.

Mistress of ceremonies, Kobra Paige, is a lead singer of outstanding natural ability. The press release calls her a powerhouse. While this is true, it is only part of her talent. At the lower end of her register, her voice is full, booming and awash with vibrato. At the higher end, she exercises unrivalled control of pitch and tone. This is a voice that has the capability of filling an arena, yet in tranquil moments there is sincerity and tenderness that enthrals and mesmerizes.

KATL mean business and “50 Shades of Evil” kicks proceedings into gear with ear jarring arpeggios, immediately highlighting a focused intensity in the vein of Iced Earth and Judas Priest. “Welcome to My Funeral” is a stomp, a march and a summoning, as Kobra declares “That night the earth stood still / screaming in silence”. The opening of “Forever One” echoes Iron Maiden with its choral harmony, and it’s easy to see why it was chosen as one of the first video promos. Twin lead harmonies and alternating licks abound in every corner of every track on the album. The musicianship, from the skills of shredders Timothy Vega and Jasio Kulakowski to the ultra-tight rhythm secrion of Pete Dimov abd Griffin Kissackon, is sharper than a bag of razor blades.

“Heaven’s Veins” has to be the next single. This is an unforgettable moment on the album with the harrowing refrain of “I Awaken”. This tune has quality stamped all over it. “Nayana” is one of the standout tracks. A riff-tastic headbanger that begs the crowd to join the beckoning Kobra as she affirms “Nayana, No one will ever see through my eyes/ Nayana, you have yours, these eyes are mine”. In “Sanctuary”, the piano accompanied intro portrays isolation and loneliness before the riff machine kicks in. With the greatest respect, through “Sanctuary”, KATL channel the essence of Dio at his spell casting best. The metal is unrelenting as “No Rest for the Wicked”, “Lover of the Beloved” and “Calm before the Storm” carry the listener forward on a melodious quest. The closing five minutes of “Aria of Karmika” is an epic soundscape that forges a glorious pathway towards journeys end.

Throughout the album Kobra uses her voice as an instrument, as part of the band, without ever overdoing her piece in a song. While she is a captivating leader with a commanding presence, it is the combined focus of all five members that makes Kobra and the Lotus outshine the myriad of new bands on the scene.

Kobra and the Lotus’ latest release is classic heavy metal for a new generation. With their diligent exuberance, the future of our music is safe.

This album should be packaged with antidote because it’s gonna kill...



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July 16th-

Canadian band Kobra and the Lotus have come a long way in the last few years, and in the last few months in particular. The band formed in Calgary towards the end of 2008, and their first UK shows were in November 2009 when they played to a handful of people. Their debut album, "Out of the pit" has always been hard to track down in the UK but is well worth the effort of tracking down a copy.

Over the last two and a half years the band have had lineup changes, and have worked their asses off touring as many places as possible including gigs all over the UK as they built up a fanbase. They've played the Hard Rock Hell festival twice as well as the Hard Rock Hell Road Trip in Ibiza, and as well as touring non stop they found time to record a second album, the self titled "Kobra and the Lotus". Once the album was recorded they set out to find a good record deal and were quickly signed by Gene Simmons to his own label after he beat off competition from other major labels.

Whether you're a fan of KISS or not, most people agree on one thing - Gene Simmons certainly knows what he's doing when it comes to making money, and given his reputation for financial matters coupled with his experience in the music industry over the last 3 decades or so, for him to sign Kobra and the Lotus to his label means that he has recognised some talent here that he thinks will go a long way (and make him more money in the process). I think he's made a wise choice - Kobra and the lotus clearly have the talent needed, they're prepared to work hard to succeed, and they've made an excellent record here.

In the last few months the band have been doing amazingly well - they've supported bands including Judas Priest and played major festivals across Europe including Download, Hellfest, Graspop, Sonisphere (Spain), Metaltown and Gods of Metal, and have been announced for Bloodstock later this summer. With all these festival appearances then interest in the new album is bound to be high.

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July 15th-

Canadian metallers Kobra and the Lotus never seem to stop. They’ve been appearing at various different festivals, doing major tours not just in their own country but beyond and STILL they’ve had time to pull together that difficult second album simply titled “Kobra and the Lotus”.

I’m an old school metal boy at heart, and Kobra sure know how to pull on those old heart-strings of mine as the album just screams of nostalgia and the days of my youth getting into metal for the first time. That’s not to say by any stretch of the imagination that the album sounds dated. It may have NWOBHM influences and even styles of European speed and power metal shining through but it doesn’t desecrate the past or cheapen it but use it as a solid base to build on, to grow, to expand on and create metal that gets the blood and the fists pumping in support!

The album carries a middle eastern feel throughout it, both in playing style and vocals. Kobra’s voice reminds me of Laura Donnelly from Edinburgh band Firebrand Super Rock. Both bands a great example of a sassy, powerful, leading lady. There’s shades of Rob Halford in places, Michael Kiske, Andi Deris and most notably to me, the queen of metal herself, Doro Pesch. Don’t think this band is all about Kobra’s voice though, she’s simply the sweet spot that brings each song together to make this a fantastic second album.

So what is it about the album that’s getting my old school bones tingling? Well, “50 shades of evil” kicks the whole thing off and I mean KICKS, with a power metal vibe that harkens back to halcyon days of late 80s/early 90s metal at its height. The song has a very European feel to it. It’s like listening to Keeper part 1 for the first time before “Welcome to my Funeral” follows on with a wonderful middle eastern vibe bringing to mind Maiden’s “Nomad” crossed with Metallica’s “Wherever I May Roam”. The atmospheric keys throughout the second half of the track give this four-minute song a hugely epic feel.

“Forever One” continues this, what is to become very prominent throughout the album, middle eastern flavour and power before smacking you with some great guitar melody over the verses. The melody in this one really reminds me of early Helloween. It could be part two of the previous track they segue so wonderfully. It’s suitably anthemic.

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July 13th-

'Kobra & The Lotus'

SPINEFARM

Like a breath of fresh air, Kobra & The Lotus bring an almighty bang to the party. Their sophomore self-titled album collects more of the Rob Halford essence and twists it with some savage female vocals and sensational musical composition. The thing about this band is that they stick to the basics, add some fruitful pinches of differences here and there and result in having their album branded as being in the top 10 of the most exciting releases of 2012. Boy Kobra can hit the high notes and with her mesmerising compatriots in tow, the metal world is sure to shake to the sound of Canadian Heavy Metal, this is the end of humanity for we all know it; simply Rock 'n' Roll.




July 5th-

Kobra Paige. She writes the songs and sings 'em and has a killer band with her. Kobra & The Lotus. Proudly, on Simmons/Universal Records.

Thank you Metal Hammer.



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July 1st-

Here are Kobra & The Lotus.

You will be hearing a lot of them in the coming months.

'Forever One' music video:





Festival performance footage:




July 1st-

Canadian metallers KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have posted a four-and-a half-minute clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from their recent European trip. Check it out below.

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS will release its new album in the U.K. on August 6. The CD's first single, "Forever One", preceded the full-length effort on May 28.

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS last year inked a deal with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' revived Simmons Records label via a partnership with Universal Music Canada. Simmons confirmed the signing on his Twitter profile, calling KOBRA AND THE LOTUS "real metal."

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS' debut album, "Out Of The Pit", produced by Kevin Shirley, was launched in March 2010. In the following 16 months, the band performed 168 gigs, across five countries, including seven festival stages. The second album was produced by Kevin Churko (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, OZZY OSBOURNE), along with Julius "Juice" Butty. A video for the song "Welcome To My Funeral" points to an undisputed evolution in the band; the music is stronger, meaner and heavier.

"Touring for 'Out Of The Pit' had a huge influence on us in terms of realizing which direction we wanted the new music to take," says singer Brittany Paige. "We really wanted to create new music that would portray the large amount of energy we put forward in a live performance."

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is:

Brittany Paige - Vocals
Jasio Kulakowski - Guitar
Griffin Kissack - Drums
Peter Dimov - Bass
Timothy Vega - Guitar

Professionally filmed video footage of KOBRA AND THE LOTUS performing the song "Heaven's Veins" at this year's edition of the Download festival, which was held June 8-10 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom, can be seen below.

Behind-the-scenes footage:



Festival performance footage:




June 14th-

Hey Gene,

Just out of curiosity, I clicked on the Kobra and the Lotus banner on your site and much to my surprise, I discovered a helluva band!! Quite frankly, I didn't expect something as heavy, but more something similar to the dozens of bands that you can hear on the radio everyday. Bands you immediately forget once you heard them!

Good call, signing them Gene! They truly are amazing and they might very well be the next big thing on the metal scene! In fact, I'm sure they WILL be the next big metal band! Their Iced Earth influences allied to their powerful singer can appeal as much to those who like high quality metal as to those who dig great female vocals!

Please keep us informed on their activities, and let me know what I could do in order to promote them here, in France. I'd sure like to see them live!

Until then, I'm going to buy their single on iTunes!

Keep on rockin', Gene! Can't wait for Monster!

FRED



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May 31st-

Here is Simmons/Universal recording artist Kobra Paige, who writes the songs and fronts KOBRA & THE LOTUS. Their first album is coming out this summer.

Already on tour in Europe doing all the big festivals and playing alongside Metallica, Judas Priest and others.

This is the post in Metal Hammer magazine.


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May 27th-

And it has begun. Kobra & The Lotus, Simmons/Universal band is getting huge buzz... currently opening for Judas Priest in England and playing the metal festivals...





May 23rd-

Simmons/Universal act, Kobra And The Lotus is currently being featured on the Vevo Canada homepage.




May 23rd-

Simmons/Universal act, Kobra And The Lotus have been voted into Classic Rock Magazines ‘Track Of The Week’ for ‘Forever One’.




May 21st-


Kiss’ Gene Simmons liked Kobra And The Lotus so much, he signed them to his label, Simmons Records. Come inside to find out if you agree with The Demon’s twisted tastebuds.

Track: Kobra And The Lotus – Forever One

For fans of: scary, pierced-lip, fist-pumping, headbanging frenzy (along with a smidgeon of Judas Priest-like pomposity)

Kobra And The Lotus – the five-piece Canadian group fronted by the mildly aggressive Kobra Paige – will release their debut, self-titled album for Simmons Records (via Spinefarm) on August 6.

Forever One, the lead single/video from the new album, will be released digitally on May 28 – and you can get a sneak preview below.

Trust us when we say it’s a classic heavy metal video – in the best possible hair-flailing, teeth-baring, standing-in-the-window-of-a-ruined-castle sense.

Kobra And The Lotus will be coming to the UK to guest with both Judas Priest and Guns N’ Roses in late May; they then appear at the Download Festival in June.




May 17th-

Simmons/Universal Records is proud to announce the signing of Kobra & The Lotus. There is more metal per square inch on their debut album, as the Gods in heaven can endure.

Led by Kobra Paige, who writes and performs the songs, this band will destroy all in its path.

Kobra & The Lotus are currently touring Europe, opening for the likes of Judas Priest and Guns N' Roses, as well as playing all the major Euro Festivals.

Keep your eyes peeled for this very important band.




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Jan 17th-


The Envy responds to the 5 people 1 guitar video with a video of their own. Watch The Envy cover Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”, 1 guy... 5 Guitars!!




Jan 5th-


This year promises to be an exciting year in music with a scheduled return of Van Halen, a possible 50th anniversary tour from the Rolling Stones and a couple artists we’ve yet to meet. From international stars to breakout artists from Canada and around the world, here’s the RockStar Weekly Top 12 RockStars To Watch For In 2012:

2. The Envy Having signed with Simmons Records in 2011, Canadian rockers The Envy have teased fans with music from their upcoming debut album throughout the year and at gigs opening for KISS and Finger Eleven. The highly anticipated debut is currently being recorded in Los Angeles and should be released sometime this year

The Envy is the #2 Band To Watch... also on the list are the Rolling Stones #3, Rush #7 and Van Halen #4.





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