REVIEW: Limp Bizkit – Gold Cobra

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Six years after The Unquestionable Truth Pt. 1 left fans a bit more than divided, Limp Bizkit have finally returned to right the wrongs of modern music. As Durst himself said on the band’s website just over two year’s ago:

We decided we were more disgusted and bored with the state of heavy popular music than we were with each other. Regardless of where our separate paths have taken us, we recognize there is a powerful and unique energy with this particular group of people we have not found anywhere else. This is why Limp Bizkit is back.

Though it took much longer than many of us, including the band, probably expected, Bizkit is indeed back in the music game and releasing their sixth studio, Gold Cobra, on June 28. Being a fan of the band myself (and unashamed of that fact), I nearly exploded with cautious excitement when the record arrived at our offices earlier this week. Now, after over a dozen listens and more head-banging than my neck was prepared for, I think it’s safe to say their mission to change the game is near complete.

I won’t lie, “Introbra” had a me a bit worried. Clocking in at just over a minute, the track is meant to welcome you to the record and set the tone, but personally felt a little unnecessary given the immediate appeal of the album’s first true song, “Bring It Back.” Fitting the title perfectly, this song combines a heavy bass line with Durst’s signature flow and a raw riff you simply can’t shake to create a sound that instantly reminds you why you loved Bizkit in the first place. Sure, other bands (especially in recent years) have copied the element of “rock swagger” that Bizkit uses, but like they say, no one can top the original.

As we begin to ease into the album, “Gold Cobra” keeps the energy high before “Shark Attack” enters to win over anyone that has ever loved the band with the opening line, “It’s just another one of those days.” While some may groan at the idea of the band building continuity between their material, I think it displays just how conscious they are of what their fans love, demand, and expect of them. Too many think it’s only about pushing themselves and doing exactly what they want, but Bizkit have cracked the code and managed to find a perfect middle ground for exploration and fan satisfaction that is showcased remarkably on tracks like “Shark Attack,” as well as “Shotgun,” “Loser,” and the undeniably fun, yet heavy “90.2.10.”

“Get A Life,” a song that helps carry listener interest into the album’s midsection, may be the group’s heaviest track to date. Packed with an intensely catchy chorus, mesmerizing vocal delivery, and skull-crushing instrumentation, I don’t think I’ve been able to resist repeating this track at least twice with every spin of the album.

It isn’t until we reach the album’s back half that Bizkit’s sound begins to resemble more of the material found on Results May Very and the releases that followed. “Walking Away” plays like e a sequel to “Take A Look Around,” while the aforementioned “Loser” gives us a moment of calm reflection before kicking things back into high gear for the album’s closing tracks (if you manage to sit still through “Why Try” or “Killer In You,” you may need to check your pulse).

Is the return of Limp Bizkit perfect? No, but it is damn close. I have no doubt that anyone who previously loved Limp Bizkit will instantly fall in love with Gold Cobra, but the truly amazing part is just how universally appealing they still are. Seriously, if 2011 ends and Limp Bizkit aren’t once again among the biggest acts in the rock world, I will legitimately be shocked.

Gold Cobra is everything you could have asked for. and even better than most thought it could be. A must-own for any fan of Bizkit, nu-metal, and hard rock in general.

Score: 8.5/10
Review written by: James Shotwell

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  • GREAT reveiw, but I dont see how Walking Away and Take A look Around are remotely similar lol

  • Sideskroll

    Hi, I wouldn’t call this a “review” per se…. It’s more like a personal opinion cause as you yourself have stated: “You’re a fan”. Now, let me ask you something: Why every review I’ve read so far leaves aside the true “once upon a time” fans… Fans of 3 dollar bill yalls fans like ME. To me, their only good record to date is that one (and well, maybe I bopped my head once or twice to the catchy tune of nookie) but thats the problem… They started out as a heavy metal/rap band. But with every release they turned more and more to hip hop (which I don’t like TBH) But well, I’m missing the point here, the issue with most “reviews” is that you guys state as a HARD FACT that every person that ever liked LB will “LOOOOVE” this album, and I honestly don’t think thats the case. Cause to me, personally, the only good track I’ve heard so far off that record is walking away… It has a nice TOOL feel in the riff and the last part kinda reminds of chino from old school deftones…. 

  • 942

    Hey dude, i respect your opinion, but men, Significant other, or Chocolate starfish wasn’t Hip-Hop, that albums were Rapcore, or nu metal, and that is the line the band has had even in 3 dollar… (remember indigo flow, nobody loves me, faith, counterfeit…) They are this kind of music, and they evolve… being a lover of their first album isn’t being a fan of LB, like being a fan of Is this it don’t make you a strokes’ fan, and i think that the autor refers to the Fans when he talks about “people that ever liked LB”.

  • Sideskroll

    You can’t compare 3DBY with SO or CSHDFW. They don’t sound the same, don’t have the same tempo, rhythm, content or feeling for that matter. To have “rock” and “rap” on the same track doesn’t automatically make it the same genre, right? You can’t compare LB with LP for example. I liked the first record, period. I liked that punk feel, that roughness which was lost as each “album” got released. I’ve heard this Gold Cobra. And it sounds even more childish than their previous efforts, I mean the music is great and one could say that they have even evolved with their techniques and everything, but Durst has hit his lowest point to date. First of all to be 40 years old and still be dressing, acting and “rhymin'” like that is kinda pathetic. Second, his content is completely null…. He says nothing… Anyway. I guess If you do like rollin and those kind of songs you might like this album… To me, is nothing more than a bunch of has beens trying to “get it on” one last time…

  • Mmarkwitzz

    Fuck yeah, I thought I was the only one who couldn’t find any message at all in this album. They just kind of softened up more with each album released. I find 3DBY, SO to be the true bizkit sound and I really thought they were on the right track with TUT(P1).
    I was really excited too about the album until I read there would be a track featuring Lil Wayne BLEAH. Durst has no message, Wes plays some really crazy riffs but without a proper context, his madness is just… mad.

  • Sulam

    Pathetic? The hell are you talkin’ about man? I would prefer Eminem back at them good old times instead of wearin’ these leather jackets(Metaphorically speaking).

  • Wartheory

    I agree 100%. 3 dollar bill got me through some rough times back in the day… along with Korn, Sevendust, System (oad), and others.. and I feel the same way about Limp. The first album had an edge to it, it was heavier… darker and seemed to have more of a purpose and as a musician I could appreciate it. Significant other was the beginning of the end for Durst’s ability to write meaningful lyrics (for the most part)… now he still breaks out some skillful writing from time to time… but I honestly have to laugh at half of the things that he “rhymes”… I can imagine him trying to “face off” with real hardcore MCs in some underground club and getting laughed into oblivion. It all comes down to how hardcore a fan is I suppose… some people don’t care what they do… as long as they can bob their heads to it… but I refuse to like something just because of the band attached to it… it has to have meaning and substance for me to enjoy it and Gold Cobra is far from that… honestly I thought both Results and The Unquestionable Truth were better than this. Limp isn’t the only band that I’ve lost most of my faith in… Korn is the same way… ever since Head left… the band has been terrible… oh well… you can’t write great music forever and most of the time the success eases all of those emotions that allowed you to write the “great” music to begin with… so if they aren’t pissed anymore… or driven… how are they going to write like they used to? You can’t force it.