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'Kobra And The Lotus'

scott adams

kobra and the lotus

Canadian chanteuse Kobra Paige is on the cusp of becoming a big thing in Metallic circles.

Her debut long player, emerging here on Gene Simmons' own Simmons Records imprint, casts her as a leather-lunged Bellatrix, a Metal Queen bellowing out tunes of glory to a largely uncritical teenaged male audience keen for a bit of glamour to lighten the mood in their still male-dominated musical environment of choice.

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I say Paige is cast because there's something not overly authentic about KatL; the girl can sing, but her voice, too often dumped on top of a strangely outdated mess of late eighties-styled shredding and power Metal sturm und drang often sounds slightly out of place, her slightly wooden phrasing battling against the fluid lead overloads supplied by guitarists Timothy Vega and Jasio Kulakowski.

That said, there are some good moments, notably the piano-led ballad 'Sanctuary' and album opener '50 Shades Of Evil', the former a more comfortable fit for Paige's voice, the later a heads-down Metal crusher of the highest order, but this is probably best avoided if bombast ain't your thing.


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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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