Sound — 5
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...
Lyrics — 4
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.
Overall Impression — 5
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'".