Album review: The Metaphysical EP – Kobadelta

Album review: The Metaphysical EP – Kobadelta

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In 2014, we enjoyed the scuzzy soundscape of Kobadelta‘s four-track EP Remain Distracted and The Metaphysical EP continues exactly where it left off.

Although, having said that, opening track ‘Hold Yr’self’ features the surprising melodies of what sounds very much like a flute – making for a delightful contrast to the wall of guitar noise and understated vocals singing “won’t you please stop talking?!” and “it wasn’t suicide, I was pushed”.

Speaking of contrast, ‘Ride By the Light’ has a cool stripped back verse juxtaposed with a cacophony of a chorus and ‘Bathsheba’ follows the same acoustic rollercoaster blueprint: swaggering verses and scuzz-fest choruses. “We all keep moving backwards and forwards” cries singer Dom Noble in his ultra-distinctive deep and theatrical vocal – much like the dynamics of these dark yet invigorating tunes.

On ‘Is This the Start of Something Beautiful?’ the bass is cranked up to brain rattling proportions – huge pulses of muddy low frequency notes that are akin to being slapped about the ears by a wet fish. The lyrics are enjoyably cryptic: “Flamingo in the crosshair when you went out shooting deer”.

‘You Don’t Need to Ask…’ concludes the EP – a brooding slow-burner with some cool rock drum fills and a nice change of pace from the rest of the tracks.

If you like your guitar music loud, dirty and cool, this Geordie five-piece are the band for you.

The Metaphysical EP is out now.

11 is louder than 10 verdict

11 – Sonic boom
10 – Planet rock
9 – Headbanging
8 – Turn it up
7 – Rocking
6 – Foot tapping
5 – Worth a listen
4 – Background music
3 – Turn it down
2 – Earache
1 – Turn it off
0 – Ear bleeding

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