Mekanism Of Time – 2002 – Brennus|
Strafe The Underdogs – 2004 - Anvil
S= Nightreaper>>STEPHANE GRAZIANI
G= THIERRY HUYLEBROECK – RODOLPHE “RUDY” BOUSQUET
B= Michel “Buboss” Beaussart – FRANCOIS MAZETIER
D= BRUNO LAGUIDE
KOB was formed from the ashes of Wotan as early as 1976 and operated until the latter band’s disbandment in 1979. This band – featuring guitarist Thierry and drummer Bruno - regrouped in 1982 for another five years before calling it a day again. Upon reforming again in 1997, now with the former singer of heavy metal band Nightreaper upfront, the band was now called KOB and issued two albums on two different French labels. Mekanism Of Time was recorded between mid-2000 and the spring of 2001. The group recorded a live video in 2005.
KOB - MEKANISM OF TIME - BRENNUS
There is a whole world of metal yet to be discovered somewhere below the surface in France. Notice KOB. There is such a history behind this band. The band is the heir to a pioneering French act called Wotan which happens to have been formed in 1976. Having regrouped circa 1997, the band recruits Nightreaper vocalist Stephane Graziani and its off to the races. If you can call it that for a band waiting twenty five years for its shot at popularity. Not surprisingly the quintet specializes in pure metal. Although the songs are decidedly hit and miss. Something which gives credence to the guess that these songs were written over a long span of time. While several songs are action-packed tunes, others are monotonous bird traps. The Race is a shadow of Halford's The One You Love To Hate. Lost Memories is close to Queensryche and On The Streets Again ups the ante with a wild refrain and guitar naughtiness. The latter is one of the good tracks etched here with its wacky solos. Winter's Call with the odd line 'winter's call is calling' is the only song to feature keyboards here and one of a couple of ballads. Yet another so-called hidden track is tagged to the end of the album and is nothing more than a short blues guitar piece. The vocals of Graziani remind me of the old Torch singer Steve Streaker at times while emulate Geoff Tate at others. Read the review carefully. Some will love and others will despise this album.