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Sweet Cobra

Formed: 2002
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Sweet Cobra News

Below is our complete Sweet 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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Sweet Cobra Guitarist Passes Away

Drummer Jason Gagovski of Sweet Cobra has issued the following statement about the death of guitarist Mat Arluck:

"MATTHEW ALLEN ARLUCK, 1970–2009. It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce that Matthew Allen Arluck passed away on November 26, 2009 after a hard fought battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family at their home near Seattle. He was 39 years old. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and loved ones. There simply are not words to express the loss we are all feeling during this difficult time. He was a truly inspirational person and his ambition for creating music, even in the face of the obstacles that his illness and treatments brought on, was unparalleled. His passion for writing, recording, and playing shows remained steadfast until the end. More...

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Pelican Announces Fall U.S. Tour Dates

A full American Fall PELICAN tour has been announced. The tour begins just days before the release of the band's upcoming Southern Lord Records debut, "What We All Come To Need," which comes out on October 27th. A variety of bands will be joining PELICAN on the tour including labelmates BLACK COBRA for most of the dates.

PELICAN will also join EARTH, SUNN O))) and EAGLE TWIN for the Southern Lord showcase in the Blackened Music Series at Brooklyn's Masonic Temple later this month.

Here are the latest PELICAN Fall tour dates: More...

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Sweet Cobra Announces US Tour Dates

Chicago's Sweet Cobra has announced tour dates with Russian Circles and Lichens. The tour dates are as follows:

04/22 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Mix Tape Cafe
04/23 – Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
04/24 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
04/25 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
04/26 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
04/27 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
04/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
04/29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
04/30 – Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley

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Minsk Working On New Album

Minsk has begun work on their third full-length and follow-up album "The Ritual Fires Of Abandonment." The album, titled "Echoes In The Movement Of Stone," is being recorded at Volume Studios with the band's Sanford Parker producing the effort. "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" is expected to see a summer 2009 release date via Relapse Records.

Additionally, Minsk has announced a number of regional shows for late-February, touring alongside Sweet Cobra. The band will also be performing as part of Roadburn 2009 in the Netherlands in April. Minsk will appear along with Neurosis, Baroness, Saint Vitus, Cathedral, Mono and many more at this already-sold-out festival. A complete listing of Minsk tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon.

02/26 Lansing, MI @ Mac's w/ If He Dies He Dies
02/27 Creve Coeur, IL @ American Legion w/ Sweet Cobra
02/28 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge w/ Sweet Cobra, Yakuza
02/29 Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn w/ Sweet Cobra, The Gates Of Slumber
04/23 Tilburg, Netherlands @ Roadburn Festival

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Sweet Cobra Signs To Black Market Activities

Black Market Activities has announcesd the addition of Sweet Cobra to its roster. The band's Hawthorne Street Records release, "Forever," will be reissued through Black Market Activities on June 24.

Sweet Cobra will play day two of "Dudefest" in Indianapolis on June 21 at Zanies Too.

"An admiration for '70s inspired groove rock and remnants of a hardcore driven past brewed the foundation for Sweet Cobra," states the press release. "The mind-boggling grooves and sludgy, down-trodden guitar riffs make avoiding toe-tapping nearly inescapable. Driven by murky grooves, Sweet Cobra incorporates the disgruntled fervor of hardcore as the finishing touch."

Sweet Cobra formed in 2002 with drummer Jason Gagovski (Suicide Note) and vocalist/bassist Botchy Vasquez (The Killer, Challenger). Guitarists Robert Lanham and Matt Arluck later joined on to complete the line up. The band made its debut on Seventh Rule Recordings with "Praise," introducing Sweet Cobra's boundary defying sound. Picking up where "Praise" left off is 2007's "Forever," originally released through Hawthorne Street Records. "Forever" offers eight songs, encompassing a similar reefer madness, with production by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles) and mixed by Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried at Sea) at Volume Studios.

Sweet Cobra has shared the stage with Mastodon, Pelican, Converge, High on Fire, Isis, Coalesce and many, many more.

You can check out some of Sweet Cobra's material on the band's Myspace page.

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