Limp Bizkit – Gold Cobra: Album Review

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I hereby declare the return of Nu Metal, and it’s back with a vengeance. Iconic 90’s Nu Metal poster band Limp Bizkit are back with a new album titled ‘Gold Cobra’. Don’t let the album title which I think sucks throw you off, this album is classic Limp Bizkit.

I honestly didn’t have my hopes set very high for a new Bizkit album, but this album is actually a solid piece of work. All of the elements of their 90’s/early 2000 sound are there, but they’ve also stepped it up a notch. Fred is as pissed off as ever, still proclaiming how hard he is and tell haters to get fucked and Wes Borland, well he’s still got it.

The first real track “Bring it Back” starts off with a club sounding bassy beat by none other than DJ Lethal complete with bass drops and some awesome guitar riffs by Wes Borland. It’s one of the strongest tracks on the album.

Although while most of the album feels like Limp Bizkit have stepped it up a notch from their nineties escapades, the track Shark Attack might be confused with a track they wrote years ago called Break Stuff. Even the opening line is the same as the older song, not sure if this is deliberate or because Fred was listening to older material at the time of writing the album.

One of the best tracks on Gold Cobra is “Get A Life”. Fred’s flow is really tight with catchy rhymes like “I don’t wait in line, cause I’m on always on the guest list. Anywhere I go, always sleeping with the best bitch and all my boys get pick of the litter. that girl you came with, I suggest you forget her.” almost great rhyming structure in a Limp Bizkit song is like finding diamonds in a field of glass, it rarely happens.

One thing that has always irked me about Limp Bizkit is Fred’s attempt at singing. He can sort of sing, but his voice annoys me at the same time, I don’t think the singing tracks are their strongest, but nonetheless have enough quips and substance to not skip them most of the time.

As we’ve all become to expect from Limp Bizkit, Wes Borland has written some really awesome guitar riffs and Limp Bizkit wouldn’t be where they are today without his creative genius behind the tracks, he shines once again on Gold Cobra making this an enjoyable album I’ve already had on repeat a few times now.

The song “Autotunage” is a fun tongue in cheek song obviously sending out a big fuck you to the likes of T-Pain and other artists that rely on auto-tune in their musical careers, but could have been left off the album and replaced with a more aggressive track like “Get A Life”.

Even though some of the tracks on the album are somewhat weak, there are enough strong aggressive, hate filled fuck you hater tracks on this thing to make it a re-playable album. Pretty good considering Fred is now pushing 40 and still wears his cap backwards, and yet still sounds like a pissed off teenager.

Go out and buy this album.