Open Visions EP

by Kobadelta

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    CD released 1st May 2015 with a launch gig at Think Tank, Newcastle (support from Coquin Migale, Sun Dance and Massa Confusa)

    CD version includes exclusive additional 'Intro' and 'Outro' tracks not available elsewhere:

    1. I
    2. Even The Odds (They Mean You No Harm)
    3. Blame It All On Me
    4. Maskirovka
    5. Watch What You're Doing
    6. Ithaca
    7. Black Pyramid
    8. O

    REVIEWS:

    "After a busy year that saw the group’s vocalist Dom Noble plucked from a Gateshead crowd to duet impromptu style with Nick Cave, the Gothic cloaked beasts of hemlock serving pub rock and Byzantium psych, Newcastle hardliners’ Kobadelta, have recently dredged the esoteric abysses and run freely through the Fields Of The Nephilim to produce the new requiem Open Visions. Pitched somewhere in the shadowy ruins of daemonic ritualistic drone and funeral pyre Black Sabbath, the band seem to have relaxed into their stride with a more sophisticated, and at times even groovier, follow up to last year’s Repetition. Still channelling a drawling mix of Ian MuCulloch and the Lizard King Jim Morrison, this extended showcase indulges in black magik references; slipping the beat from metal to a Kasabian meets the Stone Roses on the road to Damascus shuffle. Indulging in their influences with a relish but played with serious intent, Kobadelta’s cryptic lovelorn analogies roam a landscape dominated by Greek tragedy, imposing stoner constructions, burning effigies and Russian camouflaged metaphors. Musically extended to incorporate a whole myriad of styles, there’s even room for Hawkwind – the vaporous take off of England’s most infamous space rock cadets can be heard on ‘Watch What You’re Doing’ – and The Mission. Big, better, deeper and gloomier, Open Visions goes much further in pushing Kobadelta to more extreme adventures in heavy stoned rock. From that very same EP, the band have just released a video for the downer apocalyptic rock blast ‘Blame It All On Me’." - Monolith Cocktail (June 2015)

    "A new EP from this on the up Newcastle band is well worth getting the bunting up for as it shows them at their most bluesy gothic and psychedelic best. Loose but never baggy, this six-tracker sees them in full command of their noirish majesty" - The Crack Magazine (May 2015)

    "There’s something about Kobadelta that can’t go unnoticed. On this their third EP proper they continue their trail of psych-blues with the confident swagger that has always accompanied them, but slowly they are maturing into a beast that well belies their young years. Six more tracks (eight if you count the intro and outro on the CD version) which will make your foot tap, your body sway and your arms reach confidently for the skies. Even The Odds (Mean You No Harm) blasts straight into familiar territory with neo-metal instrumentation that will destroy any cobwebs that might be present. Dom Noble’s distinctive vocals falling somewhere between Jim Morrison and Ian McCulloch are never faltering. Blame It All On Me has another rip roaring guitar break and the main riff is dominant and haunting. The characteristic slow arrogance of Kobadelta is more evident than ever as the powerful bass and drums combine with swirling synth effects to bombard anyone with a soul. And plenty of those people there seem to be as a quick look at the group’s Bandcamp page shows an endless stream of ‘sold out’ CDs. Get the feeling there’s something special about Kobadelta? There certainly is, and wider recognition must surely just be around the corner if the three EPs are anything to go by with an album set to be one of the highlights of its release year. Maskirovka has an eastern feel with guitars that reverb and echo around the sheer power and energy of the remaining band members. Listening to Kobadelta is like listening to a great British institution, a legendary rock band and like little else around at the moment. In terms of commerciality, Watch What You’re Doing is the most accessible and the stand out track of the EP. Strong leading verses with a catchy chorus and a toned-down melody show that the lads can write marketable yet experimental material. Ithaca is sparser than anything else on the collection, resisting the urge to break into a major noise as it glides effortlessly into Black Pyramid, the EP closer.
    Again, Black Pyramid continues the wider, emptier feel that oozes the ever growing character of the band which is slowly making its own genre more comfortable with each release." - Louder Than War (May 2015)

    "My favourite Geordie miscreants are back with six tracks on an EP of disturbingly large proportions. Diving straight in, they begin with 'Even The Odds (They Mean You No Harm)' and it's like waking up in the back of a dark, speeding van with no idea where you are or where you're going. Distorted drums, scuzzy guitars and a Jim Morrison-esque drawl all combine to make for a truly disorientating experience that you can't help but get swept up in. 'Blame It All On Me' has more of a snarl about it as the menacing guitars and Nick Cave style vocals weave through the night sky with serpentine cool on the lookout for a bottle of bourbon and an open minded woman. By the time we reach the midway point of 'Maskirovka' the band have settled in to their Hunter S. Thomspon style and you can't help but be drawn in by the swagger and cool of the band that the likes of Kasabian can only dream of. The stoned swirl of the opening refrains of 'Watch What You're Doing' is soon replaced by a groove that churns, burns and smoulders with lust, desire and a real sense that evil is riding in on the next motorbike you hear coming over the horizon. 'Ithaca' means business. There are no two ways about it. The size of the sound that Kobadelta create is so impressive and awe inspiring that you can't help but draw comparisons with the Doors in their pomp or My Bloody Valentine mid freak out. And then there's 'Black Pyramid', a song with a heavy rock name and the balls to match it. The perfect way to peak at the end of this orgasmic musical experience. Every time I come back to Kobadelta I am reminded of what an awesome, powerful and thoroughly captivating British rock band they are which cheers me up and makes me want to go out and get loaded. All good." - Listen With Monger (May 2015)

    "Without ever hearing a note from Newcastle’s Kobadelta, a quick visit to their Bandcamp page reveals an admirable adherence to an aesthetic; each of their releases’ album art – all the way from their first single less than two year ago to the forthcoming Open Visions EP – is carefully designed. And that consistency carries over to their music. It is always heavy, tinged with a bit of doom and edge, while remaining open to experimentation within somewhat traditional song structures. Conversely, their intended audience is not as precise: their songs may very well appeal to any number of people, those with their fingers on the pulse of underground space rock or the commuting hard rock radio listeners; it’s all a bit more complicated than saying this album is for one group and not another. So, whatever you hear in it – the heavy blues of Black Sabbath, the neo psych of the Black Angels, or the fuzzed rock of Queens of the Stone Age – there’s no denying there’s appeal. For this listener – and in the context of this blog – Kobadelta has enough sprawling riffs and sonic playfulness to keep anyone happy for a listen. But, against the popular trends of genre compatriots, Kobadelta has refreshingly pushed the vocals to the front, and, though it wouldn’t work for everyone, it works for them. It gives the songs a narrative quality, and singer, Dominic Noble, earns the lifted spot in the mix, channeling a bit of ’80s goth charisma. With a smattering of festival dates since 2014 and openings for some notable acts, Kobadelta has gotten some well deserved traction. Open Visions really finds its stride with Maskirovka and Watch What You’re Doing, the center pieces of the EP. Maskirovka is a hazy groove with fuzzy chorus and an unnerving chant quality to the recurring lyrics: "You are mine, and I am yours..." Throw in a tight rhythm section, arcing and stretched guitars, and sci-fi sounds, you've got a hit. Similarly, Watch What You’re Doing pounds through a thick riff and feels almost anthemic." - The Active Listener (May 2015)

    "As they arrive at their third EP, Kobadelta are showing no signs of losing their talent for writing powerful tracks. ‘Open Visions’ is full of the monstrous desert-rock which we’ve praised them for in the past, this time with a much darker tint. The whole EP is imbued with an unnaturally natural darkness, which seeps from every pound of the vicious drums and breath of the Jim Morrison-esque vocals. If you could soundtrack the fevered nightmares of Jim Morrison, this would be it. This makes for some very interesting sounds. Opener ‘Even The Odds’ takes the intensity of thrash and puts a neo-psychedelic, desert-rock spin on things. As the song hits the two minute mark, a clean hook cuts through the mix in a moment of welcomed contrast. The same appears in ‘Watch What You’re Doing’ with a shimmering hook lurking in the mix, shining through during the chorus. Every track on the EP sounds brutal and sinister, but no matter how dark the material gets there is a glimmer of pop somewhere. It’s a testament to the ability of Kobadelta to maintain a sense of mainstream appeal in a musical style that is so typically underground. Kobadelta and their sinister shroud of sound can only get bigger from here." - Fresh Beats 365 (May 2015)

    "Some bands fit the mould, some bands break the mould and other bands like Kobadelta make music like the mould never existed in the first place. Their music would have been right at home in the 70’s psych-rock scene where frankly nothing made sense unless you were staring at the ceiling with the curtains closed tripping out of your mind on LSD. Kobadelta don’t make music that fits a genre, they make music which bends your mind. Open Visions is the band’s 3rd EP and serves as the follow up to last year’s offering Remain Distracted, a record which was reviewed on these very pages. That record was so different to pretty much everything else that was out at the time and as I result I was really interested to press play on this new release. Some songs and projects break you in gently but there is emphatically none of that here as Even The Odds (They Mean You No Harm) launches into life in the biggest way possible. The drumbeat is frenetic and the fuzzy warmth of the guitar and bass riffs is something that I will never get tired of. If the intention was for this track to lay down a marker for the rest of the record then it does that and then some. Following track Blame It All On Me is unsurprisingly a different kettle of fish entirely. The opening strains are the like the sound of the most tortured mind being bent and contorted beyond all recognition. The pace is markedly slower and the track as a whole is far more purposeful and imposing. Having said that there is a nice tempo change as the song wares on but the overall sinister feel remains. Maskirovka (A Russian term broadly meaning ‘Military deception') envelops you with a kind of psychedelic, grungy roughness. I’ve always been a fan of the deadpan style delivery from frontman Dom Noble; it just fits the band’s sound so well. If he delivered the lyrics with the same kind of flamboyance found in the instrumentation the whole thing would be a mess. It’s a contrast which balances the band out and in many ways it’s the constant which holds the chaos together. The next couple of tracks see the band uncharacteristically refine their sound a little bit. The music is still unorthodox but it carries a greater focus. Watch What You’re Doing in particular feels like a psychedelic indie track if such a thing exists (It does now) but the whole thing feels more compact, and more like a traditional song in terms of structure. This makes it a lot more approachable for the casual listener; this is the less intimidating face of Kobadelta. And it also features what is one of my favourite lyrics in recent memory; "These bad habits he got them from you, the monkey chewed tobacco in the zoo." Need I say anymore? Ithaca is more of the same just with a slightly rockier edge. The vocal is delivered through an outrageous amount of echo which makes it sound like the voice of your conscience echoing from the back of your mind. I really love the guitar work on this one as well, I like the guitars on every song but their unadulterated rawness really stands out here. Closing track Black Pyramid starts out at absolutely breakneck speed before slowing to a slightly eerie crawl. I feel like it bookends the record really well and the way which the track kicks up through multiple gears towards the end for a towering guitar solo is a real standout moment. From a personal point of view I’m a big fan of this record. It improves with every listen but you need to be patient with it. I don’t think it’s one of those where you’ll hit play and fall instantly in love; you need to give it time. Every track is very different and tells its own story but at the same time they also join together to create a gloriously fuzzy and psychedelic cohesive project. This is not an ordinary band making ordinary everyday music, this is a Kobadelta. This is against the grain, and flying in the face of what is ‘normal’ and trust me when I tell you it’s also pretty damn good." - The Musical Outcast (April 2015)

    "There is something of the night about Kobadelta, in the way that there is something of the night about The Amazing Snakeheads. The band’s songs are reminiscent of drunken late nights in back alleys where under the haze of darkness and incoherence, they stumble across liminal realities which the band crystallise through their music. I first came across Kobadelta through their previous release, ‘Remain Distracted EP’. It was an instant hit with me, I loved the tightness of the performances and the fuzzy reverb contextualised into a coherent set of songs. The stand out track for me on the EP, ‘Repetition’ has made it onto one of my favourite playlists and is something I include in DJ sets at gigs. The band’s third EP, ‘Open Visions’ is released on May 1st, and represents another step forward for this Newcastle Upon Tyne five-piece. Here the malice is just that bit more malicious, the threat is that bit more threatening, the darkness is that bit more desolate. Dom Noble’s vocals are just that bit more of a siren call, dragging you into fuck knows what sort of trouble; Alex Malliris’s guitar that bit heavier and, weirdly, cleaner sounding yet more perplexing; Chris Malliris’s Drums and Jon Marley’s Bass are that little bit more intense and pounding; while Jordan Robson’s synths add that bit more atmosphere. Together they make for a sound that is full and more rounded yet the tracks feel more emotionally empty. The Kobadelta sound continues to emerge with this EP, it is more nuanced than the band’s previous work. ‘Even The Odds’ explodes out of the blocks with a rampant riff and pummelling beat, it is a relatively up beat start, one that seems to belie to the darkness to come. This is soon evident with ‘Blame It On Me’ which is a hugely sinister track with heavy guitar and a very affecting vocal. When ‘Maskirovka’ begins if feels like a bit of a respite until the intense vocal kicks in and underlines the claustrophobia of the EP. This is music that is about the inner life, extrovert it ain’t. ‘Watch What You’re Doing’ is probably the most immediate track on the EP. It has a relative lightness and easiness to it. It is like a storm in the eye of a storm. It has it’s own aggression to it, and is probably the most accessible of all the tracks here. It showcases the band’s abilities as songwriters very well. We’re back into the tumult again with ‘Ithaca’ which is a dark and brooding song which is played with great restraint allowing for more space for the song to breathe. This is continued into the final track ‘Black Pyramid’ which mixed fast and slow in a way that doesn’t feel clichéd. One of the best things about music for me is when you can watch a band develop from release to release. Kobadelta are one such band who are definitely falling into that category for me. In ‘Open Visions’ the band has moved further into its own sound and is creating its own niché. I said in my last review of them that I was sure that they would break out of their native North East, nothing I’ve heard here makes me change my mind about that." Backseat mafia - Psych Insight (April 2015)

    "Blending the rousing elements of their second EP and the mesmeric seducing of their last, UK psyche rockers Kobadelta unleash their finest moment yet in the hauntingly irresistible shape of Open Visions. The EP provides a feast for ears and imagination to contemplate and devour in their individual ways, its clutch of songs almost hex like in their immersion and seduction of both. Within its arcane charm the band also reveals a greater maturity and inventive lust in songwriting and sonic explorations, Open Visions the simply irresistible dark side of the band’s creativity and the listener’s psyche. Newcastle bred and formed in 2010, Kobadelta did not take long to arouse a potent following and local clamour for their sonic swelter of a sound and matching live presence. 2013 Debut EP Ritual (Time Flies) lit more than a few fires in ears and thoughts, which the following year its successors Hidden Door and Remain Distracted, took to stronger and broader levels with their compelling sounds. It is fair to say that 2014 was a big year for the band in general. The release of the two EPs surrounded by further successes with Kobadelta being invited to perform a live session for BBC Introducing, headlining the Tanners stage at Evolution Emerging Festival in Newcastle, and playing events like Stockton Weekender alongside artists such as Peter Hook, Public Enemy, and the Happy Mondays as well as the Split Festival with the likes of The Cribs, Maximo Park, and Dizzee Rascal. Support slots for bands such as Temples, Allusondrugs, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Demob Happy, Splashh, The Temperance Movement, The Weeks, Lola Colt, and The Voyeurs, amongst many more has only increased their reputation and stature too. Now it is the turn of the Open Visions EP to push the Kobadelta cause and as we say, it is irresistible. Even The Odds (They Mean You No Harm) is the first track on the release and immediately brings a raw and fiery proposition to bear on ears and thoughts. Guitars and rhythms make a formidable invitation which is easily accepted, even more so when an underlying melodic lure is given clarity as the initial tempest relaxes and the expressive tones of Dom Noble come in. There is still a muggy air to the song, and a siren-esque shadowing to the track which with the exotic enterprise arising from the guitar of Alex Malliris and the keys of Jordan Robson, entices like The Doors meets The Birthday Party. The song continues to immerse and swallow the senses with its sultry almost erosive beauty, increasing its glamour as it heads towards the moment it slips seamlessly into the following Blame It All On Me. The second track is simple bewitchment from its first caress, smouldering melodies flirting with ears whilst being stalked by the throaty bassline of Jon Marley. The ticking percussive framing and rhythmic probing of drummer Chris Malliris adds intimidation to the dark premise of the song but it is the flowing melodic seducing of the keys and more unsettling designs cast by the guitars which shape the compelling drama emotively coloured by the distinct tones of Noble. There is a touch of Bauhaus to the post punk essences swimming within the psyche rock contagion whilst the gothic rock shading again springs hints of Nick Cave and co. A fresh shimmer flows across Maskirovka next, keys and guitars a floating haze of sonic suggestiveness whilst bass and drums create a more formidable incitement which erupts with greater intensity around the climatic crescendos posing as choruses. There is something occult like in the dark rock toxicity oozing from the walls of the song and imagination of the band, an essence breeding encroaching shadows which infest and linger in ears and psyche. The infectiousness kicks up another level with Watch What You’re Doing, its open caress of guitar the seeds for another compelling bassline and crisply landed beats to work their addictiveness as vocals and keys bring a haunting colour. Once into its magnetic stroll, the song shows itself to be as much pop rock as it is dark rock ‘n’ roll, its catchiness as captivatingly accessible as its soaring sonic enterprise is celestially provocative and darkly fascinating. Ithaca ventures into an even heavier soundscape but swiftly tempers some of its daunting air with an echoing effect on the ever alluring vocals and backing harmonies, whilst guitars and keys sway and smother the rhythmic spine of the song with the dance of a sonic temptress. The song is pure mesmerism but with an underlying danger which seems to incite richer flames and piercing textures to emerge in the invention of Alex Malliris and Robson. Final track Black Pyramid, like the first, accosts ears with a slightly caustic and hazy roar of sound but is soon casting an invasive exotic atmosphere through guitars and keys. Eruptions of energy and intensity only add to the sweltering air and impact of the song, whilst melodically and vocally, there is again no escaping a reference to the Jim Morrison’s led band. If like us you fell in love with Kobadelta’s last EPs, then lust is the outcome with Open Visions, the pinnacle of the band’s sound and invention to date. If new to the transfixing world of the band, then a wealth of dark sultry treats await." - The Ringmaster Review (April 2015)

    "The menacing sound of Kobadelta is back in the form of a 3rd EP due to drop this May, and with Open Visions, the sound has progressed from the band’s previous two EPs with much more method in the malice. A compelling arrangement with the ability to relentlessly pound and delicately hypnotize is still the name of the game for a band whose brooding psychedelia has impressed us hugely in the past, but this time, the riffs are more intricate and the teeth are sharper. Daunting vocals and steamrolling basslines allow the band’s sound to stalk everything under its tyrannical axiom with an ominous, overbearing sense of foreboding that could well have you checking the wardrobe and sleeping with the light on! The rabid onslaught genre-dodges with more dexterity than previously heard right from the outset of Open Visions. 'Even The Odds (They Mean You No Harm)' explodes out of the blocks saturated in lusty fuzz, before 'Blame It All On Me' allows a malevolent bassline to govern a procession of wailing guitar licks in a threatening fashion. This is a brand of psychedelia that is as methodical as it is feral, and as perilous as it is entrancing. 'Maskirovka' is kept on a tighter leash by Kobadelta, with a more refined groove imposing itself with swathes of arrogance, allowing the sound to reach the farthest outposts of its tether before reining it in once again. 'Watch What You’re Doing' follows a more orthodox structure, with a hooking chorus and shimmering synths providing the closest thing to radio-bait this lot are likely to churn out. Ithaca returns to the more domineering motif in the shape of an powerful bassline, providing a baleful backdrop for another clutch of ruminating vocals to duck and weave their way through the precarious landscape, before 'Black Pyramid' bookends the EP with the same frenzied onslaught that Even The Odds did before it. This is a sound that is impossible to pigeonhole and a band that have an awful lot of strings to their bows. Basslines impose themselves scrupulously over dangerous guitars, and the meticulous vocals remain as portentous as the doomed grooves that are governing them, making for a melting pot that is as thorough as it is feral. If the Kobadelta blueprint continues to become more and more compelling with each release, we can’t wait for an LP!" - Reviewcaster (April 2015)

    "The group's new EP is out on May 1st and it's called "Open Visions". The first single to come from it will be the free to download "Black Pyramid" which is where we'll start. Well, it's awesome. In a way, the opening is strangely reminiscent of Amon Duul II's "Archangel Thunderbird", which is no bloody bad thing as far as I'm concerned. It melds into a slowly, grindy, riff heavy, gloomy anthem - which changes pace mid way through and opens up into a brilliantly soaring guitar solo. There are some other cracking tracks on the EP too. For me, one of the stand outs is the fantastic "Blame It All On Me", again, another cracking riff to open with- darkly edgy with a brilliantly rich vocal. The band's very distinct gruff guitars and dark, edgy sound could turn them into something that becomes a bit monotonous and repetitive, however, the tracks on this EP show great depth, emotional charge and complexity. In short, get thee to Bandcamp on May 1st and get this brilliant new EP into your collection. A band to definitely watch over the coming months." - The General (April 2015)

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CD and Download released 1st May 2015 with a launch gig at Think Tank, Newcastle (support from Coquin Migale, Sun Dance and Massa Confusa)

1. Even The Odds (They Mean You No Harm)
2. Blame It All On Me
3. Maskirovka
4. Watch What You're Doing
5. Ithaca
6. Black Pyramid

REVIEWS:

"After a busy year that saw the group’s vocalist Dom Noble plucked from a Gateshead crowd to duet impromptu style with Nick Cave, the Gothic cloaked beasts of hemlock serving pub rock and Byzantium psych, Newcastle hardliners’ Kobadelta, have recently dredged the esoteric abysses and run freely through the Fields Of The Nephilim to produce the new requiem Open Visions. Pitched somewhere in the shadowy ruins of daemonic ritualistic drone and funeral pyre Black Sabbath, the band seem to have relaxed into their stride with a more sophisticated, and at times even groovier, follow up to last year’s Repetition. Still channelling a drawling mix of Ian MuCulloch and the Lizard King Jim Morrison, this extended showcase indulges in black magik references; slipping the beat from metal to a Kasabian meets the Stone Roses on the road to Damascus shuffle. Indulging in their influences with a relish but played with serious intent, Kobadelta’s cryptic lovelorn analogies roam a landscape dominated by Greek tragedy, imposing stoner constructions, burning effigies and Russian camouflaged metaphors. Musically extended to incorporate a whole myriad of styles, there’s even room for Hawkwind – the vaporous take off of England’s most infamous space rock cadets can be heard on ‘Watch What You’re Doing’ – and The Mission. Big, better, deeper and gloomier, Open Visions goes much further in pushing Kobadelta to more extreme adventures in heavy stoned rock. From that very same EP, the band have just released a video for the downer apocalyptic rock blast ‘Blame It All On Me’." - Monolith Cocktail (June 2015)

"A new EP from this on the up Newcastle band is well worth getting the bunting up for as it shows them at their most bluesy gothic and psychedelic best. Loose but never baggy, this six-tracker sees them in full command of their noirish majesty" - The Crack Magazine (May 2015)

"There’s something about Kobadelta that can’t go unnoticed. On this their third EP proper they continue their trail of psych-blues with the confident swagger that has always accompanied them, but slowly they are maturing into a beast that well belies their young years. Six more tracks (eight if you count the intro and outro on the CD version) which will make your foot tap, your body sway and your arms reach confidently for the skies. Even The Odds (Mean You No Harm) blasts straight into familiar territory with neo-metal instrumentation that will destroy any cobwebs that might be present. Dom Noble’s distinctive vocals falling somewhere between Jim Morrison and Ian McCulloch are never faltering. Blame It All On Me has another rip roaring guitar break and the main riff is dominant and haunting. The characteristic slow arrogance of Kobadelta is more evident than ever as the powerful bass and drums combine with swirling synth effects to bombard anyone with a soul. And plenty of those people there seem to be as a quick look at the group’s Bandcamp page shows an endless stream of ‘sold out’ CDs. Get the feeling there’s something special about Kobadelta? There certainly is, and wider recognition must surely just be around the corner if the three EPs are anything to go by with an album set to be one of the highlights of its release year. Maskirovka has an eastern feel with guitars that reverb and echo around the sheer power and energy of the remaining band members. Listening to Kobadelta is like listening to a great British institution, a legendary rock band and like little else around at the moment. In terms of commerciality, Watch What You’re Doing is the most accessible and the stand out track of the EP. Strong leading verses with a catchy chorus and a toned-down melody show that the lads can write marketable yet experimental material. Ithaca is sparser than anything else on the collection, resisting the urge to break into a major noise as it glides effortlessly into Black Pyramid, the EP closer.
Again, Black Pyramid continues the wider, emptier feel that oozes the ever growing character of the band which is slowly making its own genre more comfortable with each release." - Louder Than War (May 2015)

"My favourite Geordie miscreants are back with six tracks on an EP of disturbingly large proportions. Diving straight in, they begin with 'Even The Odds (They Mean You No Harm)' and it's like waking up in the back of a dark, speeding van with no idea where you are or where you're going. Distorted drums, scuzzy guitars and a Jim Morrison-esque drawl all combine to make for a truly disorientating experience that you can't help but get swept up in. 'Blame It All On Me' has more of a snarl about it as the menacing guitars and Nick Cave style vocals weave through the night sky with serpentine cool on the lookout for a bottle of bourbon and an open minded woman. By the time we reach the midway point of 'Maskirovka' the band have settled in to their Hunter S. Thomspon style and you can't help but be drawn in by the swagger and cool of the band that the likes of Kasabian can only dream of. The stoned swirl of the opening refrains of 'Watch What You're Doing' is soon replaced by a groove that churns, burns and smoulders with lust, desire and a real sense that evil is riding in on the next motorbike you hear coming over the horizon. 'Ithaca' means business. There are no two ways about it. The size of the sound that Kobadelta create is so impressive and awe inspiring that you can't help but draw comparisons with the Doors in their pomp or My Bloody Valentine mid freak out. And then there's 'Black Pyramid', a song with a heavy rock name and the balls to match it. The perfect way to peak at the end of this orgasmic musical experience. Every time I come back to Kobadelta I am reminded of what an awesome, powerful and thoroughly captivating British rock band they are which cheers me up and makes me want to go out and get loaded. All good." - Listen With Monger (May 2015)

"Without ever hearing a note from Newcastle’s Kobadelta, a quick visit to their Bandcamp page reveals an admirable adherence to an aesthetic; each of their releases’ album art – all the way from their first single less than two year ago to the forthcoming Open Visions EP – is carefully designed. And that consistency carries over to their music. It is always heavy, tinged with a bit of doom and edge, while remaining open to experimentation within somewhat traditional song structures. Conversely, their intended audience is not as precise: their songs may very well appeal to any number of people, those with their fingers on the pulse of underground space rock or the commuting hard rock radio listeners; it’s all a bit more complicated than saying this album is for one group and not another. So, whatever you hear in it – the heavy blues of Black Sabbath, the neo psych of the Black Angels, or the fuzzed rock of Queens of the Stone Age – there’s no denying there’s appeal. For this listener – and in the context of this blog – Kobadelta has enough sprawling riffs and sonic playfulness to keep anyone happy for a listen. But, against the popular trends of genre compatriots, Kobadelta has refreshingly pushed the vocals to the front, and, though it wouldn’t work for everyone, it works for them. It gives the songs a narrative quality, and singer, Dominic Noble, earns the lifted spot in the mix, channeling a bit of ’80s goth charisma. With a smattering of festival dates since 2014 and openings for some notable acts, Kobadelta has gotten some well deserved traction. Open Visions really finds its stride with Maskirovka and Watch What You’re Doing, the center pieces of the EP. Maskirovka is a hazy groove with fuzzy chorus and an unnerving chant quality to the recurring lyrics: "You are mine, and I am yours..." Throw in a tight rhythm section, arcing and stretched guitars, and sci-fi sounds, you've got a hit. Similarly, Watch What You’re Doing pounds through a thick riff and feels almost anthemic." - The Active Listener (May 2015)

"As they arrive at their third EP, Kobadelta are showing no signs of losing their talent for writing powerful tracks. ‘Open Visions’ is full of the monstrous desert-rock which we’ve praised them for in the past, this time with a much darker tint. The whole EP is imbued with an unnaturally natural darkness, which seeps from every pound of the vicious drums and breath of the Jim Morrison-esque vocals. If you could soundtrack the fevered nightmares of Jim Morrison, this would be it. This makes for some very interesting sounds. Opener ‘Even The Odds’ takes the intensity of thrash and puts a neo-psychedelic, desert-rock spin on things. As the song hits the two minute mark, a clean hook cuts through the mix in a moment of welcomed contrast. The same appears in ‘Watch What You’re Doing’ with a shimmering hook lurking in the mix, shining through during the chorus. Every track on the EP sounds brutal and sinister, but no matter how dark the material gets there is a glimmer of pop somewhere. It’s a testament to the ability of Kobadelta to maintain a sense of mainstream appeal in a musical style that is so typically underground. Kobadelta and their sinister shroud of sound can only get bigger from here." - Fresh Beats 365 (May 2015)

"Some bands fit the mould, some bands break the mould and other bands like Kobadelta make music like the mould never existed in the first place. Their music would have been right at home in the 70’s psych-rock scene where frankly nothing made sense unless you were staring at the ceiling with the curtains closed tripping out of your mind on LSD. Kobadelta don’t make music that fits a genre, they make music which bends your mind. Open Visions is the band’s 3rd EP and serves as the follow up to last year’s offering Remain Distracted, a record which was reviewed on these very pages. That record was so different to pretty much everything else that was out at the time and as I result I was really interested to press play on this new release. Some songs and projects break you in gently but there is emphatically none of that here as Even The Odds (They Mean You No Harm) launches into life in the biggest way possible. The drumbeat is frenetic and the fuzzy warmth of the guitar and bass riffs is something that I will never get tired of. If the intention was for this track to lay down a marker for the rest of the record then it does that and then some. Following track Blame It All On Me is unsurprisingly a different kettle of fish entirely. The opening strains are the like the sound of the most tortured mind being bent and contorted beyond all recognition. The pace is markedly slower and the track as a whole is far more purposeful and imposing. Having said that there is a nice tempo change as the song wares on but the overall sinister feel remains. Maskirovka (A Russian term broadly meaning ‘Military deception') envelops you with a kind of psychedelic, grungy roughness. I’ve always been a fan of the deadpan style delivery from frontman Dom Noble; it just fits the band’s sound so well. If he delivered the lyrics with the same kind of flamboyance found in the instrumentation the whole thing would be a mess. It’s a contrast which balances the band out and in many ways it’s the constant which holds the chaos together. The next couple of tracks see the band uncharacteristically refine their sound a little bit. The music is still unorthodox but it carries a greater focus. Watch What You’re Doing in particular feels like a psychedelic indie track if such a thing exists (It does now) but the whole thing feels more compact, and more like a traditional song in terms of structure. This makes it a lot more approachable for the casual listener; this is the less intimidating face of Kobadelta. And it also features what is one of my favourite lyrics in recent memory; "These bad habits he got them from you, the monkey chewed tobacco in the zoo." Need I say anymore? Ithaca is more of the same just with a slightly rockier edge. The vocal is delivered through an outrageous amount of echo which makes it sound like the voice of your conscience echoing from the back of your mind. I really love the guitar work on this one as well, I like the guitars on every song but their unadulterated rawness really stands out here. Closing track Black Pyramid starts out at absolutely breakneck speed before slowing to a slightly eerie crawl. I feel like it bookends the record really well and the way which the track kicks up through multiple gears towards the end for a towering guitar solo is a real standout moment. From a personal point of view I’m a big fan of this record. It improves with every listen but you need to be patient with it. I don’t think it’s one of those where you’ll hit play and fall instantly in love; you need to give it time. Every track is very different and tells its own story but at the same time they also join together to create a gloriously fuzzy and psychedelic cohesive project. This is not an ordinary band making ordinary everyday music, this is a Kobadelta. This is against the grain, and flying in the face of what is ‘normal’ and trust me when I tell you it’s also pretty damn good." - The Musical Outcast (April 2015)

"There is something of the night about Kobadelta, in the way that there is something of the night about The Amazing Snakeheads. The band’s songs are reminiscent of drunken late nights in back alleys where under the haze of darkness and incoherence, they stumble across liminal realities which the band crystallise through their music. I first came across Kobadelta through their previous release, ‘Remain Distracted EP’. It was an instant hit with me, I loved the tightness of the performances and the fuzzy reverb contextualised into a coherent set of songs. The stand out track for me on the EP, ‘Repetition’ has made it onto one of my favourite playlists and is something I include in DJ sets at gigs. The band’s third EP, ‘Open Visions’ is released on May 1st, and represents another step forward for this Newcastle Upon Tyne five-piece. Here the malice is just that bit more malicious, the threat is that bit more threatening, the darkness is that bit more desolate. Dom Noble’s vocals are just that bit more of a siren call, dragging you into fuck knows what sort of trouble; Alex Malliris’s guitar that bit heavier and, weirdly, cleaner sounding yet more perplexing; Chris Malliris’s Drums and Jon Marley’s Bass are that little bit more intense and pounding; while Jordan Robson’s synths add that bit more atmosphere. Together they make for a sound that is full and more rounded yet the tracks feel more emotionally empty. The Kobadelta sound continues to emerge with this EP, it is more nuanced than the band’s previous work. ‘Even The Odds’ explodes out of the blocks with a rampant riff and pummelling beat, it is a relatively up beat start, one that seems to belie to the darkness to come. This is soon evident with ‘Blame It On Me’ which is a hugely sinister track with heavy guitar and a very affecting vocal. When ‘Maskirovka’ begins if feels like a bit of a respite until the intense vocal kicks in and underlines the claustrophobia of the EP. This is music that is about the inner life, extrovert it ain’t. ‘Watch What You’re Doing’ is probably the most immediate track on the EP. It has a relative lightness and easiness to it. It is like a storm in the eye of a storm. It has it’s own aggression to it, and is probably the most accessible of all the tracks here. It showcases the band’s abilities as songwriters very well. We’re back into the tumult again with ‘Ithaca’ which is a dark and brooding song which is played with great restraint allowing for more space for the song to breathe. This is continued into the final track ‘Black Pyramid’ which mixed fast and slow in a way that doesn’t feel clichéd. One of the best things about music for me is when you can watch a band develop from release to release. Kobadelta are one such band who are definitely falling into that category for me. In ‘Open Visions’ the band has moved further into its own sound and is creating its own niché. I said in my last review of them that I was sure that they would break out of their native North East, nothing I’ve heard here makes me change my mind about that." Backseat mafia - Psych Insight (April 2015)

"Blending the rousing elements of their second EP and the mesmeric seducing of their last, UK psyche rockers Kobadelta unleash their finest moment yet in the hauntingly irresistible shape of Open Visions. The EP provides a feast for ears and imagination to contemplate and devour in their individual ways, its clutch of songs almost hex like in their immersion and seduction of both. Within its arcane charm the band also reveals a greater maturity and inventive lust in songwriting and sonic explorations, Open Visions the simply irresistible dark side of the band’s creativity and the listener’s psyche. Newcastle bred and formed in 2010, Kobadelta did not take long to arouse a potent following and local clamour for their sonic swelter of a sound and matching live presence. 2013 Debut EP Ritual (Time Flies) lit more than a few fires in ears and thoughts, which the following year its successors Hidden Door and Remain Distracted, took to stronger and broader levels with their compelling sounds. It is fair to say that 2014 was a big year for the band in general. The release of the two EPs surrounded by further successes with Kobadelta being invited to perform a live session for BBC Introducing, headlining the Tanners stage at Evolution Emerging Festival in Newcastle, and playing events like Stockton Weekender alongside artists such as Peter Hook, Public Enemy, and the Happy Mondays as well as the Split Festival with the likes of The Cribs, Maximo Park, and Dizzee Rascal. Support slots for bands such as Temples, Allusondrugs, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Demob Happy, Splashh, The Temperance Movement, The Weeks, Lola Colt, and The Voyeurs, amongst many more has only increased their reputation and stature too. Now it is the turn of the Open Visions EP to push the Kobadelta cause and as we say, it is irresistible. Even The Odds (They Mean You No Harm) is the first track on the release and immediately brings a raw and fiery proposition to bear on ears and thoughts. Guitars and rhythms make a formidable invitation which is easily accepted, even more so when an underlying melodic lure is given clarity as the initial tempest relaxes and the expressive tones of Dom Noble come in. There is still a muggy air to the song, and a siren-esque shadowing to the track which with the exotic enterprise arising from the guitar of Alex Malliris and the keys of Jordan Robson, entices like The Doors meets The Birthday Party. The song continues to immerse and swallow the senses with its sultry almost erosive beauty, increasing its glamour as it heads towards the moment it slips seamlessly into the following Blame It All On Me. The second track is simple bewitchment from its first caress, smouldering melodies flirting with ears whilst being stalked by the throaty bassline of Jon Marley. The ticking percussive framing and rhythmic probing of drummer Chris Malliris adds intimidation to the dark premise of the song but it is the flowing melodic seducing of the keys and more unsettling designs cast by the guitars which shape the compelling drama emotively coloured by the distinct tones of Noble. There is a touch of Bauhaus to the post punk essences swimming within the psyche rock contagion whilst the gothic rock shading again springs hints of Nick Cave and co. A fresh shimmer flows across Maskirovka next, keys and guitars a floating haze of sonic suggestiveness whilst bass and drums create a more formidable incitement which erupts with greater intensity around the climatic crescendos posing as choruses. There is something occult like in the dark rock toxicity oozing from the walls of the song and imagination of the band, an essence breeding encroaching shadows which infest and linger in ears and psyche. The infectiousness kicks up another level with Watch What You’re Doing, its open caress of guitar the seeds for another compelling bassline and crisply landed beats to work their addictiveness as vocals and keys bring a haunting colour. Once into its magnetic stroll, the song shows itself to be as much pop rock as it is dark rock ‘n’ roll, its catchiness as captivatingly accessible as its soaring sonic enterprise is celestially provocative and darkly fascinating. Ithaca ventures into an even heavier soundscape but swiftly tempers some of its daunting air with an echoing effect on the ever alluring vocals and backing harmonies, whilst guitars and keys sway and smother the rhythmic spine of the song with the dance of a sonic temptress. The song is pure mesmerism but with an underlying danger which seems to incite richer flames and piercing textures to emerge in the invention of Alex Malliris and Robson. Final track Black Pyramid, like the first, accosts ears with a slightly caustic and hazy roar of sound but is soon casting an invasive exotic atmosphere through guitars and keys. Eruptions of energy and intensity only add to the sweltering air and impact of the song, whilst melodically and vocally, there is again no escaping a reference to the Jim Morrison’s led band. If like us you fell in love with Kobadelta’s last EPs, then lust is the outcome with Open Visions, the pinnacle of the band’s sound and invention to date. If new to the transfixing world of the band, then a wealth of dark sultry treats await." - The Ringmaster Review (April 2015)

"The menacing sound of Kobadelta is back in the form of a 3rd EP due to drop this May, and with Open Visions, the sound has progressed from the band’s previous two EPs with much more method in the malice. A compelling arrangement with the ability to relentlessly pound and delicately hypnotize is still the name of the game for a band whose brooding psychedelia has impressed us hugely in the past, but this time, the riffs are more intricate and the teeth are sharper. Daunting vocals and steamrolling basslines allow the band’s sound to stalk everything under its tyrannical axiom with an ominous, overbearing sense of foreboding that could well have you checking the wardrobe and sleeping with the light on! The rabid onslaught genre-dodges with more dexterity than previously heard right from the outset of Open Visions. 'Even The Odds (They Mean You No Harm)' explodes out of the blocks saturated in lusty fuzz, before 'Blame It All On Me' allows a malevolent bassline to govern a procession of wailing guitar licks in a threatening fashion. This is a brand of psychedelia that is as methodical as it is feral, and as perilous as it is entrancing. 'Maskirovka' is kept on a tighter leash by Kobadelta, with a more refined groove imposing itself with swathes of arrogance, allowing the sound to reach the farthest outposts of its tether before reining it in once again. 'Watch What You’re Doing' follows a more orthodox structure, with a hooking chorus and shimmering synths providing the closest thing to radio-bait this lot are likely to churn out. Ithaca returns to the more domineering motif in the shape of an powerful bassline, providing a baleful backdrop for another clutch of ruminating vocals to duck and weave their way through the precarious landscape, before 'Black Pyramid' bookends the EP with the same frenzied onslaught that Even The Odds did before it. This is a sound that is impossible to pigeonhole and a band that have an awful lot of strings to their bows. Basslines impose themselves scrupulously over dangerous guitars, and the meticulous vocals remain as portentous as the doomed grooves that are governing them, making for a melting pot that is as thorough as it is feral. If the Kobadelta blueprint continues to become more and more compelling with each release, we can’t wait for an LP!" - Reviewcaster (April 2015)

"The group's new EP is out on May 1st and it's called "Open Visions". The first single to come from it will be the free to download "Black Pyramid" which is where we'll start. Well, it's awesome. In a way, the opening is strangely reminiscent of Amon Duul II's "Archangel Thunderbird", which is no bloody bad thing as far as I'm concerned. It melds into a slowly, grindy, riff heavy, gloomy anthem - which changes pace mid way through and opens up into a brilliantly soaring guitar solo. There are some other cracking tracks on the EP too. For me, one of the stand outs is the fantastic "Blame It All On Me", again, another cracking riff to open with- darkly edgy with a brilliantly rich vocal. The band's very distinct gruff guitars and dark, edgy sound could turn them into something that becomes a bit monotonous and repetitive, however, the tracks on this EP show great depth, emotional charge and complexity. In short, get thee to Bandcamp on May 1st and get this brilliant new EP into your collection. A band to definitely watch over the coming months." - The General (April 2015)

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released 01 May 2015

Recorded at First Avenue Studios, Newcastle by David Curle, March 2015

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A five piece rock band from Newcastle dabbling in dark and heavy 'indie-psych- rock'...

"Kobadelta are frantic and feral. This Newcastle-based five-piece have supported the likes of Splashh and Temples, but they're not quite as psychedelic as those bands, instead pushing a far more muscular, gnashing sound. Their second EP, 'Remain Distracted', is out now." - NME
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Track Name: Even The Odds (They Mean You No Harm)
Keep calm, stay warm, by the fire of a burning effigy

Even the odds, they mean you no harm
Track Name: Blame It All On Me
If you go down to the woods today, ignore what the TV has to say,
You never find the time to pray, but my God she swears there's no other way,
The hole that's in the ozone layer re-arranged the atmosphere,
I told my brother "have no fear" til the clouds they disappeared

Blame it all on me
I don't mind if you blame it all on me

Program the revolution they failed to override,
Happy being on top of a North-South divide,
Ties a ribbon round her neck as a mark of respect,
She remembers what the elephant forgets,
Fits my world like a glove, enough is enough,
You need to know that I'm not giving up,
Don't point the finger Mr. Kitchener, boy, we're in this thing together

Blame it all on me
I don't mind if you blame it all on me
Track Name: Maskirovka
For once the Kremlin was welcomed inside the Pentagon,
Investigating Pentagram tattoos found on the arms,
Of the Cosmonaut discovered this morning, dead of the streets of Harlem,
I read the Gospel of Relativity, the prequel to the Nativity,
A Shakespearean black comedy, this is sure to end in tears,

The graffiti on the temple wall, read you were mine,
Read you were mine and I am yours

There's a minstrel drinking Hennessy,
Hard on his luck he has the tendency to drink to much,
Step out of line, a lot of the time,
The murder in the abattoir, the grandeur of the opera,
An overused metaphor, it tends to lose all power

The graffiti on the temple wall, read you were mine,
Read you were mine and I am yours
Track Name: Watch What You're Doing
What crawled out of the toxic waste, not another pretty face,
No scandal before Watergate, another reason not to celebrate,
From now on you'll never be on your own,
These are your hands, this is your home,
From now on you'll never be on your own,
These are your hands, this is your home,

Watch what you're doing, and who you're doing it with,
Take your own counsel, be the captain of your ship,
And when the boat capsizes and you're swimming with the fish,
You better watch what you're doing, and who you're doing it with

Well the brakes had failed on the village bike,
But he still climbed on board and peddled into the night,
Then the chain it snapped, and not a word was said,
Well these bad habits, he got them from you,
The monkey chewed tobacco in the zoo,
I am a hedonistic, narcissistic baboon

Watch what you're doing, and who you're doing it with,
Take your own counsel and go down with your ship,
And when the boat capsizes and you're swimming with the fish,
You better watch what you're doing, and who you're doing it with

Watch what you're doing, and who you're doing it with,
Take your own counsel, be the captain of your ship,
And when the boat capsizes and you're swimming with the fish,
You better watch what you're doing, and who you're doing it with
Track Name: Ithaca
The whispers came like frost and snow,
Would my dearest Ithaca, would she ever know?
Of such great deeds and battles won,
Just to hold my wife, just to see my son,

Poseidon took me up in his great hands,
And threw me down upon these golden sands,
The sands of time keep running away,
I want to see my baby, want to hear her say...

I treasure the fossil that she found on the beach,
Sweet little gestures, I know her kindness runs deep,
My aching back could get used to the seat,
Next too her and that splendid old fountain

Poseidon took me up in his great hands,
And threw me down upon these golden sands,
The sands of time keep running away,
I want to see my baby, want to hear her say...

I wish I was adrift, on the Aegean Sea
Oh I wish I was adrift, on the Aegean Sea

Poseidon took me up in his great hands,
And threw me down upon these golden sands,
The sands of time keep running away,
I want to see my baby, want to hear her say...
Track Name: Black Pyramid
Enlightenment was carried in the womb,
Transcending heaven or any mortal tomb,
The blending colours of a portrait painted in the rain,
No trace of who it may portray,
I sealed the letter with my masters ring,
I changed the terms he was offering,
I gave the people a new song to sing at the altar in the black pyramid,

La la, la la la, la la la, la la
The beating pulse of the beast that sleeps in the manger,
La la, la la la, la la la, la la

I've been summoned to the court of the mad Maharaja,
Don't you know his horses they had been taken in the night by the lonely Chupacabra,
All of his grand vessels awaited my arrival in the harbour,
I had only ever read about his palace and the crystal candelabra

La la, la la la, la la la, la la
The beating pulse of the beast that sleeps in the manger,
La la, la la la, la la la, la la