Released: Jun 24, 2011
Genre: Nu Metal, Rap Metal
Label: Interscope, Polydor
Number Of Tracks: 13
As abrasive and full of machismo as "Gold Cobra" may be, the latest Limp Bizkit release is shockingly satisfying.
UG Team, on june 28, 2011 7 of 10 people found this review helpful
Sound: Limp Bizkit has been made the butt of jokes galore since slightly falling off the radar over the past few years. For better or worse, the massive success of "Nookie" was usually overshadowed by stories of Fred Durst's seemingly larger ego. So the idea of reviewing Limp Bizkit's latest album "Gold Cobra" was undoubtedly tainted with some bias of the negative kind and a general feeling that the record would, well, suck. Sometimes you have to admit you're wrong, and that is precisely what happened after giving the band's fifth studio record a listen. Let's not pretend they've reached some new level of introspective lyrical content or anything to that extreme. No, "Gold Cobra" is as self-loving, in-your-face, and abrasive as they come and it all ends up being actually a highly enjoyable package.
While the lyrics do tend to draw you in line after line, in the end there is an even more integral element that makes "Gold Cobra" more than just your run-of-the-mill nu metal record. Guitarist Wes Borland's creativity has never been stronger with his licks, use of effects, and tone. Every song features at least one riff or effect that completely overshadows anything that Durst is delivering lyrically. Borland is the model that so many new rock bands should look to in the fact that he doesn't get mired in chugging and power chords. It's obvious he is thinking way outside the box with each of the 13 tracks.
"Gold Cobra" begins with the hypnotic and chaotic intro aptly titled "Introbra". It's a beautiful mess of screaming women, ticking clocks, dramatic horns, and a bevy of other noises. The band wisely doesn't ease you into the album with pretty, dramatic musicality, as it would be a pretty far cry from the other material. "Bring It Back" features an amazing guitar groove that is highlighted by subtle harmonics, while Durst does his best lightning speed rapping throughout. The title track includes what sounds like quick use of a slide from Borland, but given the unusual approaches that the guitarist takes in each track, I could be completely way off on his technique. Regardless, it's amazing.
There aren't any apologies coming from Limp Bizkit, and that never becomes more evident than the interlude following "Loser". You hear Durst messing around with an autotune effect behind the scenes, essentially both mocking and extolling the virtues of the processor. Durst is so amused he announces that he plans to incorporate his new toy in the next song, "Autotuneage". Thankfully the band doesn't go too overboard with the autotuning because that would have been insanely irritating. While it's still not one of the best tracks, Limp Bizkit manages to squeeze in the autotune without causing the instantaneous I-must-skip-to-the-next-track effect. As you listen to the whole record, this feeling of love/hate does cause a bit of an inner battle, but when you hear Borland's guitar work/arrangements, it's hard not to admit that there is ingenuity happening on "Gold Cobra". // 9
Lyrics: Fred Durst has never been brasher, but it was almost necessary to make a rather big entrance after the six years between albums. There are songs aplenty about Durst not giving a f--k or living the life he wants to regardless of people's opinions, but his approach is so over the top that you have to chuckle. You almost want to high five him. The title track is a prime example with lines like, "The door is shuttin; and a knife will do you no good; You getting' nothin' while I rock here in Hollywood; I'll tell you somethin' else you can take it to the bank; I don't give a fuck what none of y'all people think". Sure, there are a couple songs not dedicated to saying how awesome Durst is, but those are the dull ones of the bunch. // 8
Overall Impression: Borland and Durst produced "Gold Cobra", and they would be wise to continue this route for future albums. The material is strange, ridiculous, and engaging in the best way. If you've been a Limp Bizkit hater in the past, give a listen to a few new tracks. At the very least, if you can't stand Durst, just focus your attention on Borland's work. Rather than relying on insanely fast, arpeggio-driven solos, he finds other more novel approaches that in many ways leave you in even greater awe. // 9
UG Team, on june 28, 2011 1 of 8 people found this review helpful
Sound: Limp Bizkit's return to recording is unsurprising in spite of the band's hiatus in the aftermath of 2005's "The Unquestionable Truth". During that time, only Wes Borland's Black Light Burns project merits serious musical reflection, and on Limp Bizkit's return it is his input that sustains the band.
The album's second song - "Bring It Back" - begins with aplomb, Borland's rhythmic riffing initiating a well intentioned track. Unfortunately that impression doesn't last for long, and neither does the track. Nothing happens, and we're onto the title track "Gold Cobra". Borland's guitar playing yet again gives so much hope to the album, and that's making allowances for Durst's "crying b-tches". The band behind the vocalist provides a lesson in musicianship, skill, and timing, but although Limp Bizkit's original fans have aged considerably since the band's beginnings, it is hardly a surprise to note that Durst's lyrical content ensures that the band's target audience remains teenagers.
But although Gold Cobra's musicianship is evident, the band's efforts do not serve Durst and Borland's joint statement that the primary motivation to the band's reunion was their disgust with the state of popular heavy music. Songs like the toned-down, retrospective "Shotgun" do see a mature Limp Bizkit, with Durst's much maligned input even serving its purpose. There is even time for a beautifully measured Wes Borland guitar solo, where he emphasises his skill in playing for the song. DJ Lethal's input to the track cements it as the stand-out track of the album.
Fred Durst's hinting that "big wigs" have opposed the release of "Douche Bag" as a single is one of the noted news stories to come out of this album's release. The song title alone serves ample levels of foreboding with chocolate starfish, but the song itself is well worked, with Borland coaxing some terrific squeals from his guitar.
Yet even with Durst's cries of "douche bag" still bludgeoning my inner ear, the next track - "Walking Away" - proves Limp Bizkit has something relevant to offer over a decade since the band's inception. It sacrifices Durst's attitude for something more subtle. It is an unexpected surprise from Limp Bizkit.
After that the band seems to fizzle out, with what can only be described as filler on show. Durst's attitude is Limp Bizkit's biggest obstacle, but the problem for the band is that without him... // 5
Lyrics: Durst's vocals sound tired in this day and age, his delivery stuck in the 20th century. There are bands like the Stones and Led Zeppelin whose songs and attitude endure, and then there is the delivery of lyrics such as those found in "Douche Bag". It's banal, and rock has suited up a little since 2005. // 4
Overall Impression: Limp Bizkit is an experienced band, and although the music serves a purpose insofar as its credibility far outweighs anything that Durst brings to the band, there is nothing to say that this will reignite Limp Bizkit's former levels of popularity. In the meantime, keep listening to Black Light Burns, and if you really must, you can return to songs like "Rollin'". // 5
MetalheadXYZ, on march 28, 2012 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: This is Limp Bizkit's new album, "Gold Cobra". It was released on June 28, 2011. It was the 5 year return of Limp Bizkit. I love Limp Bizkit. I've been with them since "Three Dollar Bill, Y'All$"; that album was really good, even though it was raw. "Significant Other", nothing different, it was as good. "Chocolate Starfish And The Hotdog Flavored Water", it was good even though it was kinda pop genre. Then Wes Borland left the band. Limp Bizkit then released "Results May Vary". It had a couple good songs but wasn't a standout without Wes.
This album, It ups their sound, guitar wise. The guitar work on this album is just amazing. Guitar work such as "Gold Cobra", "Shark Attack", "Shotgun", "Autotunage", and "Killer In You" had the best guitar riffs. // 9
Lyrics: On this album, Fred's vocals are just the worst distraction. The lyrics are just terrible and careless. Fred Durst just writes about how we has picked on when he was only a kid. On the song, "Douche Bag", this is his answer as said in the chorus to the song "Douche Bag":
"Douche Bag, I'ma f--k you up
F--k you, f--k you, f--k you up."
That's evidence that Fred Durst was always getting picked on when he was only just a kid. // 5
Overall Impression: "Gold Cobra", this is a very welcome time back. I heard it the day it came out. "Gold Cobra" is one of my favorite albums out there. I'd say "Gold Cobra" would have a sound from "Three Dollar Bill, Y'All$" and "Significant Other". I liked the songs "Gold Cobra", "Shark Attack", "Shotgun", "Loser", "Autotunage", "Why Try", and "Killer In You".
Likes: it's a return to Limp Bizkit, the guitar work.
Dislikes: Fred's vocals (worst distraction on this record), and needs more songs. // 9