KING KOBRA – Veteran Hard Rockers Are Back With A Venomous New Album!

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the Self-Titled come back album from KING KOBRA on April 15th in Europe and May 5th in North America.

Formed in 1984 by legendary drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne), Los Angeles heavy metal outfit King Kobra recorded two critically acclaimed albums for Capitol Records – the 1985 release ‘Ready to Strike’ and 1986’s ‘Thrill of a Lifetime’.

Along with Carmine, the band featured four relatively unknown musicians at the time – David Michael-Philips and Mick Sweda on guitar, Johnny Rod on bass and Mark Free on lead vocals. King Kobra toured the U.S., Canada, Europe and Mexico playing shows with Kiss, Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, Ted Nugent, Queensryche and Autograph.

The band was featured regularly on MTV and performed the theme song for the #1 1986 motion picture “Iron Eagle“. After disbanding in 1988, each member continued his career in other successful major-label groups – Carmine to Blue Murder (Geffen), Mark Free to Unruly Child (Interscope), Mick Sweda to the BulletBoys (Warner Bros.), Johnny Rod to W.A.S.P. (Capitol/EMI) and David Michael-Philips to Lizzy Borden (Metal Blade).

The year 2010 saw the band reunite the original classic ’85 lineup, replacing original singer Mark Free (now Marcie Free) with veteran lead vocalist Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot). “This album captures all the great points we had in the 80’s, but better” says Carmine AppiceThe music is more traditional King Kobra music. Great lyrics, kick ass songs with cool hooks and  really good playing. A really great hard rock/metal record with lots of energy”. David Michael-Phillips adds “It truly is an all-star album. Paul Shortino is amazing! I can honestly say he is one of the best vocalists in the business along with being one of the nicest and most generous people I have ever met”.

The band is planning to get on some targeted American and European summer festivals this year. Watch out: King Kobra is smokin’ hot, back stronger than ever and “Ready to Strike” once again!

The new album “King Kobra” will include the following tracks: Rock This House, Turn Up The Good (Times), Live Forever, Tear Down The Walls, This Is How We Roll, Midnight Woman, We Got A Fever, Tope Of The World, You Make It Easy, Cryin’ Turns To Rain, Screamin’ For More, Fade Away.


* Paul Shortino – vocals

* David Michael-Philips – Guitar

* Mick Sweda – Guitar

* Johnny Rod – Bass Guitar

* Carmine Appice – drums




10 Responses to “KING KOBRA – Veteran Hard Rockers Are Back With A Venomous New Album!”

  1. I remember a guitarist named Geno White who used to play with Carmine Appice. He ran a record store in New Jersey. I know, a bit of useless information, but I will have to check out the new King Kobra.

    • metalodyssey Says:

      That’s not useless information, if anything, that’s a bit o’ Rock ‘n’ Roll history that we probably can’t find anywhere else! Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

  2. I had the first King Kobra albums on vinyl back in the 80’s, then one day I traded all of them for God knows what, I regret it now, especially since King Kobra III with future Foreigner vocalist Johnny Edwards is so hard to find.

    I did like the first album alot ‘Ready to Strike’ but their second album ‘ Thrill of a Lifetime’ was anything but a thrill, hated it.

    “III’ was a good album with a couple of KISS covers if I remember correctly, also by then not only had they dropped their blond gimmick but also the entire band with the exception of Carmine Appice.

    • metalodyssey Says:

      I’ve never owned King Kobra III (!) Since you mention it’s “hard to find” I’m all pumped up to find it now! I had their first two albums in my hands the other day… at an antique store. They were in “good” shape, only the price was $6 each. Ouch. I have the first two on cassettes still. God bless those cassettes.

  3. Manny-Actually guitarist David Michael Phillips (David Henzerling) also played on all of the first three albums along with Appice.
    There is a bootleg taken from a radio show in 1985 called Motor City Strike and it is very good. You can really hear the vocal range that Mark (Marcie) Free had. A shame this band never had another album as good as Ready to strike.

    • metalodyssey Says:

      That new Unruly Child “Worlds Collide” is really, really good. Whoa melodic! Memorable songs. Marcie Free sounds great on it, IMO. I believe you wrote you liked it too?

  4. I did like the last Unruly Child. Very cool AOR. Marcie Free still has a great voice.
    David Michael Phillips of King Kobra has done albums with Big Cock and Tunnel in recent years and most of those have been pretty good. He’s a decent guitarist who has never gotten much credit.

    • metalodyssey Says:

      I understand. The way I see it, David getting credit as a guitarist from you and Heavy Metal Time Machine is real and just as good as any commercialized Rock mag. 🙂

  5. real gone Says:

    I still love ‘Thrill of a Lifetime’. Much less thrilled by this new one, though: Read my full review of ‘King Kobra’ here:

    • metalodyssey Says:

      Ouch! I guess there are parts you like and parts you don’t with the new King Kobra. I really get a big kick out of the “feel-good” albums of today and yesteryear and this new King Kobra makes me feel good. I just can’t help it.

      Any album will always be open to debate… where I feel the new King Kobra far exceeds “Thrill of A Lifetime”. I spoke with Carmine today and he is pretty stoked about this new album and I couldn’t be any happier for him.

      Thanks for sharing your review and views on the new King Kobra! \m/

      – Stone

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