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Formed: 2001
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Black Cobra News

Below is our complete Black Cobra news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Black Cobra Announces U.S. Tour

After being denied entry to Canada for a tour, Black Cobra today announces a more than month-long U.S. trek, set to begin in late August and running into the beginning of October.

With thirty-two cities confirmed to endure the Black Cobra live treatment at press time, the actions begin in Phoenix, Arizona on August 28th. Direct support for Black Cobra on all dates will be provided by Ohio riff rock quartet, Lo Pan.

Stand by for updates from Black Cobra as the band soon records a next LP, due for release in early 2015. More...

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Black Cobra Denied Entry To Canada

San Francisco's Black Cobra has unfortunately been denied access into the United States' northern neighboring country.

While amidst its current North American tour -- which was nearly entirely comprised of Canadian dates with Black Cobra co-headlining alongside Anciients and opening support from Black Wizard and Lo Pan -- the band was denied entry into the country.

Having invested thousands of dollars into merch for the tour, the band decided to tough it out and try again at a different access point, where again Black Cobra was denied, with no explanation, and after thorough inspections of vehicle and gear. This forced the band to return to California instead of performing in more than twenty cities across Canada.

Black Cobra today issued the following collective statement to their fans on the debacle: "As many of you already know, we were denied entry at the border of Canada. Because of the financial strain this has put on us, we were forced to cancel the remaining tour dates in the US as well. In the meantime, we will continue working on our forthcoming record and are looking into booking another tour in the US. We apologize to our fans and thank you for your continued support."

New U.S. Black Cobra tour actions will be confirmed immediately and announced in the coming days; no Canadian dates will be scheduled. Stay tuned for further transmissions.

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Lo-Pan Comments On Cancelled Show

Lo-Pan has issued the following announcement about canceling an upcoming live show set to take place with Black Cobra:

"Unfortunately our show in Chicago tomorrow with Black Cobra has been cancelled. The Black Cobra boys got turned away at the Canadian border a couple of days back and it put a damper on the rest of their tour dates. Sorry, everyone. Safe travels to BC and we will see you all again soon."

The scheduled itinerary, which is apparently scrapped although there has been no official word from Black Cobra, was to be as follows: More...

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Anciients Kicking Off New Tour Dates

Vancouver's Anciients is about to embark on a Canadian summer headlining tour. The Bravewords.com sponsored tour begins tomorrow, June 17th in Vancouver, BC, and runs for six weeks from coast to coast.

The tour also includes both Black Cobra and Black Wizard. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

The Juno and Polaris-nominated band Anciients is fresh off its first ever European tour and continues to perform in support of the "Heart of Oak" album (reviewed here). More...

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Black Cobra Starts New Tour Tonight

Just days after a headlining West Coast run with support from The Cutthroats 9 and Wizard Rifle, Black Cobra is back out on the road on a new thirty-three show North American tour starting tonight.

Beginning in Los Angeles, Black Cobra will tour through Albuquerque, Denver, Salt Lake City, Boise, Spokane and ending in Missoula June 19th, with support from Wizard Rifle.

The next day, Friday, June 20th will see the beginning of Black Cobra's trek through much of Canada and the northern edge of the continental U.S. alongside Anciients and openers Black Wizard.

Black Cobra is currently constructing highly volatile new material; stand by for additional news on the band's 2014 actions to be released in the near future. More...

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Black Cobra Kicking Off Tour

The San Francisco shredders in Black Cobra will kick off their latest run of tour actions this evening, Thursday, May 22nd, in their hometown, after which they'll rip through Fresno, Pacifica, Portland and Seattle over the next five days.

Support will be provided on all shows by The Cutthroats 9 and Wizard Rifle, the latter of which replaces Norway's Arabrot who pulled out of the tour due to a medical emergency.

Following this run, Black Cobra will decimate Canada on a co-headlining tour alongside Anciients, with support from openers Black Wizard. Full dates are available below.

Black Cobra is currently constructing highly volatile new material; stand by for additional news on the band's 2014 actions to be released in the near future. More...

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Black Cobra Announces New Live Shows

The decimating metal/sludge duo that is Black Cobra has crawled out of the shadows for the band's first shows since two one-off cross-continental gigs in January, proclaiming an upcoming May decimation of the West Coast.

The newly planned five-day, five-city run will originate in Black Cobra's San Francisco hometown on May 22nd, then systematically shred through Fresno, Pacifica, Portland and Seattle. Providing opening support for the trek will be California-based noise metal outfit, The Cutthroats 9 (featuring members of Unsane, Death Angel and -16-), and Norwegian Grammy-winning noise/punk outfit, Årabrot.

Preceding the new West Coast tour, Black Cobra will raid Portland to take part in the annual Stumpfest on April 26th, performing alongside sludge metal visionaries, Yob, and gritty doom unit, Diesto.

Additional live outings will be announced in the coming weeks. Catch the band live:

4/26/2014 Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR @ Stumpfest w/ Yob, Diesto
5/22/2014 Slims - San Francisco, CA
5/23/2014 Audies Olympic - Fresno, CA
5/24/2014 Winters Tavern - Pacifica, CA
5/25/2014 Rotture - Portland, OR
5/26/2014 El Corazon - Seattle, WA

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Red Fang To Headline Stumpfest

Portland hometown heroes Red Fang will be the third and final headliner of Stumpfest, which will take place April 24th - 26th at Mississippi Studios.

Thursday's headliner will be Trans Am, Friday will be Red Fang, and Saturday will be Yob. Individual day tickets and 3-day passes are on sale now at this location. The festival lineup is available below. More...

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Black Cobra To Play Stumpfest

Black Cobra, the devastatingly heavy duo hailing from the bay area and backed by Southern Lord Recordings, has been added to Stumpfest 2014.

Black Cobra's recent album, "Invernal," was described by The Sleeping Shaman as "the sound of a schizophrenic octopus, high on speed, hard liquor and murderous hatred trapped inside the body of a man locked in a darkened jail cell."

The three-day festival, organized by Rynne Stump, will churn out heavy tunes from the city's legendary metal acts and their closest friends at Mississippi Studios on April 24th - 26th. Links for prices and more info through the venue website will be provided in two weeks, so stay tuned! The currently announced Stumpfest lineup features: More...

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Black Cobra Announces Shows, Working On Songs

The tonally decimating San Francisco-based gruesome twosome known as Black Cobra has announced a cross-country invasion just days after the start of the New Year.

On Friday, January 3rd the serpent will uncoil at an exclusive one-off East Coast rager as the band once again destroys Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn with several local support acts unreleased at press time.

Immediately after once again raging in Brooklyn, Black Cobra is set to perform the following night at a benefit show for rock/metal poster artist Alan Forbes (The Black Crowes, The Misfits, Black Cobra 's Chronomega LP, etc.). In October, Forbes was attacked in the Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco, which left him with two skull fractures and damage to his right eye. As the artist is uninsured several benefit actions have been formed to aid in covering his growing medical expenses, including this event on January 4th where Black Cobra will headline with support from Lecherous Gaze, Pins of Light. and Kicker.

Black Cobra is currently constructing new material and additional news on the band's plans for 2014 will be announced in the coming weeks.

1/03/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY
1/04/2014 Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA @ Alan Forbes Benefit w/ Lecherous Gaze, Pins of Light, Kicker

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Ken Mode Announces New Tour Dates

Ken Mode has announced new tour dates with Torche and Black Cobra. The new dates include West Coast performances in Long Beach, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, CA and a new date in Brooklyn, NY. Additional support on these dates will come from Lo-Pan.

Additionally, Ken Mode's participation in this year's Sled Island and Pitchfork Music Festivals have been announced. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

The band's new album "Entrench" was released in North America on March 19th. You can listen to the whole album through the player below. More...

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Black Cobra Posts "Crimson Blade" Video

Metallic sludge innovators Black Cobra have today released their new video for “Crimson Blade,” the first official video to be released from their 2011 "Invernal" LP. The following press release was issued about the video:

"Conceived/constructed by the band themselves and director Greg Downing (of bands Glitter Wizard and Buffalo Tooth), Black Cobra's 'Crimson Blade' filmed in three days for absolutely no money. The plot portrays the concept of the song, following one man as he devolves to a previous state of humanity and resorts to cannibalism in a post-apocalyptic world. During the filming of the gory visual depiction, actor Landon Bates actually ended up accidentally cutting himself multiple times, with actual wounds fueling some of the bloody scenes."

Stated the members of Black Cobra: “The video’s concept was a collaboration between director Greg Downing and ourselves. We were familiar with his work in the bands Glitter Wizard and Buffalo Tooth and he was enthusiastic about working with us as well. In general, it's about isolation, paranoia and desperation. The utter darkness also gives it an overall feel of confusion. We're really stoked on how it came together.”

Watch the gnarly, frozen carnage of “The Crimson Blade” unfold via the horror-fanatics at Rue Morgue Magazine at this location or in the player below. You can also catch Black Cobra live on the following dates:

8/30/2012 Los Globos - Los Angeles CA w/ Saviours, Behold the Monolith, Secrets of The Sky
9/01/2012 The Blank Club - San Jose, CA w/ Big Business More...

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Black Cobra Issues Tour Wrap Up

Thunderous sludge metal duo Black Cobra has returned to the band's hometown in San Francisco to recuperate from a seemingly endless bout of heavy-duty touring across multiple continents in support of fourth LP "Invernal." The band surpassed playing its 600th show since the release of debut LP "Bestial" in 2006 on the recent set of tour dates.

While the bands plan on staying off the road for the coming months, Black Cobra shall remain far from dormant during that time. Black Cobra issued a statement this week with some info on what is to come:

"It's been a really killer few months, but it's also good to be home. We have some stuff coming up on the horizon during the rest of the year though. The Japanese release of Invernal should be on its way soon, and a video for 'The Crimson Blade' is in the works. We're definitely going to keep moving."

This month Black Cobra was also featured on Fox News Latino. Check out the coverage at this location and also watch a full 'Cobra set from Saint Vitus bar in Brooklyn via Metal Injection or in the player below. More...

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Black Cobra Announces More Tour Dates

Crushing Bay Area duo Black Cobra has devastated audiences across Europe for several weeks -- including a performance at the massive annual Roadburn Festival in Holland this past weekend -- with the tour coming to a close in Helsinki, Finland tonight. Following the current tour the band will traverse the globe to undertake a second tour of Australia and first of New Zealand, with several headlining shows planned in addition to a stack of performances as direct support for stoner rock legends Fu Manchu.

Upon returning from the tour of New Zealand and Australia, Black Cobra will hit the highways of the U.S. once again, taking on a slew of newly-confirmed headlining shows -- mostly alongside Salt Lake City's grind unit Gaza -- both bands on their way to link up with Torche and Corrosion of Conformity for a massive North American June tour together. Post-tour, Black Cobra and Gaza will head back out on another run of dates together, once again with BC headlining.

Black Cobra New Zealand/Australia Tour w/ Fu Manchu: More...

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Black Cobra Announces Shows With Fu Manchu

Following devastating shows at SXSW last week -- both as part of the massive ToneDeaf Touring showcase as well as the Southern Lord/TPOTR/Brooklyn Vegan rager -- Black Cobra has just confirmed a Spring tour of New Zealand and Australia with stoner rock icons Fu Manchu. The trek hits three cities in New Zealand then skips over to Australia for another eight shows, with several of the appearances confirmed as Black Cobra headlining shows without Fu Manchu.

This all comes in addition to the previously announced forthcoming Black Cobra tour actions including supporting Corrosion of Conformity through Europe alongside Zoroaster in April on the way to the annual Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland directly before the new tour, as well as massive North American tour supporting COC once again, along with Torche and Gaza later in the Summer.

BLACK COBRA European Tour w/ Corrosion of Conformity, Zoroaster:

4/04/2012 Schurr - Luzern, Switzerland
4/05/2012 Keller Club - Stuttgart, Germany
4/06/2012 Kulturfabrik - Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg
4/07/2012 Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
4/08/2012 Desertfest - London, UK
4/09/2012 Matrix - Bochum, Germany
4/10/2012 Amadeus - Oldenburg, Germany
4/11/2012 Conne Island - Leipzig, Germany
4/12/2012 Arena - Wien, Austria
4/13/2012 Rock and Roll Club - Romagnano Sesia, Italy
4/14/2012 Feierwerk - Muchen, Germany
4/15/2012 Roadburn Festival - Tilburg, Holland More...

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SXSW 2012: Tone Def Touring Showcase with C.O.C.

After Pallbearer marched its audience toward a giant, gaping abyss at ND, I hustled a couple blocks west to Dirty Dog Bar. I learned an important lesson last year: If you don’t have a badge or wrist band, show up early to ensure you get into the venue. Last year, I showed up a band or two into the Metal Alliance show and missed Saint Vitus and Crowbar. Once the doors opened, the bar’s staff allowed a few badge and wrist-band holders in first and then opened the flood gates to everyone else.

The Atlas Moth did not bide its time in leisurely boredom like me. The Chicago-based space sludge masters were busy setting up for their second show in the span of a couple of hours. The group filled in the vacancy left by Rwake, who also bowed out of The Atlas Moth’s earlier show. Without their planetary light show that illuminated ND’s, The Atlas Moth’s performance was not as visually stunning. Their keyboards, effects and coarse tones updated the flowery texture of traditional psychedelia. Although they call Profound Lore home, The Atlas Moth could fit right in on Neurosis’ Neurot label. More...

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Black Cobra Announces New Tour Dates

The planet's most dynamically wicked duo, Black Cobra, has been confirmed as one of the support acts for crossover kings Corrosion Of Conformity's June tour, the diverse lineup also including Torche and Gaza. The rampage will begin June 1st and surge clockwise through North America with 18 dates confirmed through June 23rd as of now.

This stateside trek will follow Black Cobra's scheduled European tour also supporting COC along with Zoroaster, the fun to begin on April 4th and leading up to the band's performance at the annual Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland.

Before that mayhem goes down, Black Cobra is already confirmed for some massive action at SXSW next week. Wednesday will see the 'Cobra coiled on stage at the ToneDeaf Touring showcase, sharing the stage with Saviours, Rwake, A Storm of Light, Zoroaster, and headliners Corrosion Of Conformity. Then on Friday they take the stage at the massive "Death Match" event -- hosted by Thrasher Magazine and Converse, curated by The Power of the Riff, Southern Lord and Brooklyn Vegan -- the monolithic day show featuring OFF!, Trash Talk, Ceremony, Heartless, Code Orange Kids, Deafheaven, Full Of Hell, Balaclava, Dead In The Dirt and headliners High On Fire, of course in addition to Black Cobra's devastating mid-lineup appearance. More...

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High on Fire Tops BrooklynVegan SXSW Showcase

BrooklynVegan, Power of the Riff and Southern Lord Records play host to a free SXSW showcase on March 16th, 2012 at Scoot Inn (1308 e4th St) in Austin, Texas.

The free daytime portion runs in conjunction with a four-day Thrasher/Converse "Death Match," featuring a skate ramp with skaters and an assortment of bands that runs all day long. Starting at noon, the free event will feature eleven bands on two stages. More...

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Black Cobra Kicking Off Headlining Tour

Having just wrapped up a near three-week tour supporting Kyuss Lives! and The Sword, Black Cobra's first headlining tour in support of the new album, "Invernal," kicks off in Brooklyn tonight. The duo will hammer their way around the country on a fifteen-date headlining tour on their way back to San Francisco, the first nine dates bearing support from Zoroaster and The Body. Three new West Coast dates have been added since previous tour announcements, with shows now confirmed for Portland, Seattle and San Francisco at the end of the routing.

Black Cobra also overthrew the massive front cover of longtime northern New Jersey weekly entertainment mag The Aquarian this week; check it out here.

Black Cobra's headlining shows are as follows:

12/11/2011 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/12/2011 Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/13/2011 Great Scott - Allston, MA w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/14/2011 AS220 - Providence, RI w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/15/2011 Black Cat - Washington, DC w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/16/2011 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/17/2011 Siberia - New Orleans, LA w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/19/2011 Emo’s - Austin, TX w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/20/2011 The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK w/ Zoroaster, The Body
12/21/2011 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
12/22/2011 Rogue - Scottsdale, AZ
12/23/2011 The Z - San Luis Obispo, CA
12/27/2011 Star Theater - Portland, OR
12/28/2011 Highline - Seattle, WA

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Black Cobra Announces Headlining Tour

Black Cobra has just confirmed a headlining tour immediately following the band's previously announced tour supporting Kyuss Lives! and The Sword this November into December. Black Cobra's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

BLACK COBRA w/ Kyuss Lives!, The Sword:
11/17/2011 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
11/18/2011 Wiltern Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
11/19/2011 The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
11/21/2011 Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR w/ YOB
11/22/2011 Showbox SODO - Seattle, WA w/ YOB
11/23/2011 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
11/26/2011 Flames Central - Calgary, AB
11/27/2011 Edmonton Event Centre - Edmonton, AB
11/29/2011 Garrick Centre - Winnipeg, MB
11/30/2011 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
12/01/2011 Turner Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
12/02/2011 Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
12/03/2011 Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
12/05/2011 The Palace Theater - Greensburg, PA
12/06/2011 Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
12/07/2011 Ram’s Head Live - Baltimore, MD
12/08/2011 Toad’s Place - New Haven, CT
12/09/2011 The Paramount - Huntington, NY
12/10/2011 Wellmont Theatre - Montclair, NJ More...

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