Sunday, March 12, 2017

CD Review: Rock Candy Records Resurrects 80's Rockers King Kobra For New Releases

As the 1980's approached, there was a change in the air musically. The disco scene was getting old and hard rock music was ready to make it's move. The decade began with the release of such classic albums as Ozzy Osbourne's "Blizzard Of Ozz," Judas Priest's "British Steel" and AC/DC's "Back In Black." Then came the next wave of hard rock artists like Motley Crue, Quiet Riot and Def Leppard and in the middle of all this high-quality music was drummer Carmine Appice. He brought Rod Stewart's sound into the 80's and toured with Ozzy before creating his own 80's metal band, King Kobra.

The band featured members from Bulletboys, W.A.S.P. and Unruly Child and their look become the flipside of Motley Crue as all the members were blonde except for Appice's brunette hair color. Their debut album "Ready To Strike" was released in 1985 through Capitol Records and caught the attention of critics and fans everywhere. The drumming was hard and intense as in "Shadow Rider" and the music blurred the lines between heavy metal and mainstream rock as Mark Free's vocals demanded your attention in songs like "Breakin' Out" and "Dancing With Desire."

Unfortunately, the band's follow-up was not able to capture the same attention their debut album received as "Thrill Of A Lifetime" was released only one year later. Their second album did feature the song "Iron Eagle (Never Day Die)," which was featured in the movie of the same name, but songs like "Dream On" and "Feel The Heat" sounded was too polished and less rocking and their record label dropped the band due to poor album sales.

Now, for the band's 30th anniversary, Rock Candy Records has resurrected King Kobra's first two albums for new release. Both albums were remastered and feature a 16-page booklet with new interviews and rare photos as the music still sounds powerful and timeless. The band showcased their muscle on "Ready To Strike," then adapted too much to the technology of the eighties with "Thrill Of A Lifetime." To find out more about "Ready To Strike," please visit and to find out more about "Thrill Of A Lifetime," please visit

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