Limp Bizkit is back. Yes, the much maligned band that people love to hate and hate to love is back with a new full-length by the name of Gold Cobra. Given that the recent history of the band is littered with uncertainty at the guitar position and the often unbridled hatred from some for the persona of one Fred Durst, it isn’t a surprise Gold Cobra is an album more concerned with the sustainability of the band’s already established sound and personality than trying to pave new ground in what could easily be called a dead nu-metal genre. But in any case, the boys are back, and it’ll be up to you whether or not you’ll bend to the guilty pleasure highs and somewhat painful lows Gold Cobra brings us.
After hearing the questionable nature of their first single “Shotgun”, the low hopes for this record are quickly vanished by the classic nature of the title track. With a catchy, yet chunky guitar riff and some rather impressive lyrical work by Durst, “Gold Cobra” proves this album isn’t complete shit for those open-minded enough to give it a fair listen. Wes Borland’s return proves to be beneficial as well, as his leniency towards less chunking and more effects benefits the musical spectrum of this album. Tracks like “Gold Cobra”, “Shark Attack” and “Why Try” show Borland’s palette usage in action, as his expansion of sounds in wah and wee variety add a bit a flavor to the melodies he brings to the table. Throw in some solid drumming and tasty bass lines and you’ll see that this is very much still the same band that brought us tracks like “Nookie” and “Rollin’” – much to the delight and dismay of music fans around the word.
That isn’t to say everything here is truly golden. “Walking Away” takes the droning rock ballad route to end up on a completely flat plane, while “Autotunage” turns a solid jam into a playground for slipping in the occasional vocal effect. If this doesn’t stop people from using such things, I don’t know what will. “Shotgun” gets a bit too cheesy on the chorus when it comes to the lyrics, even if it is expected for Durst to get a little too literal when he spits. As far as he is concerned, his front is still as unapologetic as ever – the problem lies in the fact that he is at times too literal of a rapper and is still recycling bits from Significant Other. Still, his vocal attack on “Get a Life” shows a much needed venting of anger that hits like a hammer to your ears. We can’t fault Durst too much for his style at this point, but it’s good to see he still has some of the bite that made us love him in the first place.
Just like the reputation and aura surrounding them, Limp Bizkit returns with a mixed bag of emotions and approaches to give us enough to be pleased about without getting too bent out of shape over this album’s shortcomings. Whether you decide to get back with the red cap is up to you, but if you’re looking for a new dose of clashed up rap-rock, Gold Cobra might just be your answer.
2. Bring It Back
3. Gold Cobra
4. Shark Attack
5. Get a Life
7. Douche Bag
8. Walking Away
12. Why Try
13. Killer in You
Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida. The band's line-up consists of Fred Durst (lead vocals), Wes Borland (guitar), Sam Rivers (bass), John Otto (drums) and DJ Lethal. Limp Bizkit has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and have won several other major awards. The band has sold an estimated 35 million albums worldwide.... read more