COBRA CULT – Second Gear

COBRA CULT - Second Gear
  • 7.6/10
    COBRA CULT - Second Gear - 7.6/10


GM Music
Release date: March 5, 2021

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Hard Rock Face Punch

From Sweden’s Punk Metal foursome Cobra Cult comes their sophomore album titled appropriately: Second Gear. Formed in Stolkholm back in 2015 by vocalist/guitarist Johanna Lindhult (ex-Ordogs) and bassist/backing vocals Thomas Jonsson (ex-Circle of Chaos), the high energy, punk influenced unit is completed by slamming drummer Carl Johan “Sillen” Sillén and Anders Martinsgård on guitars. These veterans of the Swiss Music scene combine their different musical backgrounds, influences and experiences to create a band with in-your-face punky riffs and short, sweet songs to bang your head.

Short & Sweet

Second Gear is a collection of 8 bopping Punk Metal songs that in total last just under 24 minutes, which is refreshing in a time when many releases top the 60 minute mark because they can. The album was recorded and mixed by Robert Pehrsson (Robert Pehrsson‘s Humbucker, Death Breath) at Studio Humbucker and mastered by Joel Grind (Dee Snider, Toxic Holocaust, Municipal Waste). The sound is straight forward Metal/Punk riffs that drive you through the playlist effortlessly, making you feel like you ought to go hit play again from the top.

Cobra Cult - band photo

Top Tracks

Right out of the gates we are hit with a kicking drum intro on “Sell Your Soul” that reminds of early Mötley Crüe. The guitar tones are perfect, and the driving sound takes us back to early NWOBHM sounds from Girlschool on “The Devil’s End”. “Hey” is pure fun and will have you bopping and moshing along with the band.

Final Notes

Second Gear by Cobra Cult offers us a taste of honest Heavy Metal that has elements of 80s NWOBHM mixed with Punk Rock energy. The drums are snappy, the guitars are loud and in your face, while the vocals have a Punk feel that is the icing on a sweet, moshing cake. For fans of Girlschool, The Misfits and Punk Metal, you can’t go wrong in adding this album to your collection.

Cobra Cult - band photo in Black & White.


Johanna Lindhult – Lead Vocals
Guitars Thomas Jonsson – Bass, Backing Vocals
Carl Johan “Sillen” Sillén – Drums
Anders Martinsgård – Guitars

Second Gear – Tracklist

1. Sell Your Soul
2. The Devil’s End
3. Run For Your Life
4. Mean Machine
5. Hey!?
6. Dust On My Boots
7. Beat The Demon
8. Hit The Stage


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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