Kobadelta – Open Visions EP
1 May 2015
Indie Rock five piece return with a new EP.
There’s something about Kobadelta that can’t go unnoticed. On this their third EP proper they continue their trail of psych-blues with the confident swagger that has always accompanied them, but slowly they are maturing into a beast that well belies their young years.
Six more tracks (eight if you count the intro (I) and outro (O) additions on the cd version) which will make your foot tap, your body sway and your arms reach confidently for the skies. Even The Odds (Mean You No Harm) blasts straight into familiar territory with a neo-metal instrumentation that will surely destroy any cobwebs that might have been present. Dom Noble’s distinctive vocals falling somewhere between Jim Morrison and Ian McCulloch are never faltering.
Blame It All On Me has another rip roaring guitar break and the main riff is both dominant and haunting. The almost characteristic slow arrogance of Kobadelta is no more evident than ever as the equally powerful bass and drums combine with swirling synth effects to bombard surely anyone who has a soul. And plenty of those people there seem to be as a quick look at the groups Bandcamp page will show an endless stream of ‘sold out’ cds.
Get the feeling there’s something special about Kobadelta? There certainly is, and wider recognition must surely just be around the corner if their three EPs are anything to go by then an album will definitely be one of the highlights of its release year.
Maskirovka has a slightly Eastern feel with guitars which reverb and echo around the sheer power and energy of the remaining band members. Listening to Kobadelta is like listening to a great British institution, like a legendary rock band, probably like little else that is around at the moment.
In terms of commerciality, Watch What You’re Doing is the most accessible and because of that is the stand out track of the EP. Strong leading verses with a catchy chorus and slightly toned down melody showing that the lads can write both marketable and experimental material. Ithaca is sparser than anything else on the collection, resisting the urge to break into a major noise it glides effortlessly into Black Pyramid the EP closer.
Again, Black Pyramid continues the wider emptier feel that oozes the ever growing character of the band which is slowly making its own genre more comfortable with each release.
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Published on Louder Than War 4/05/15 - here