Gold Cobra

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Gold Cobra
Studio album by Limp Bizkit
Released June 28, 2011 (2011-06-28)
(See release history)
Recorded August 24, 2009 – March 18, 2011
Genre Nu metal, rap metal
Length 49:37
Label Flip/Interscope
Producer Fred Durst
Limp Bizkit chronology
The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)
(2005)
Gold Cobra
(2011)
Stampede of the Disco Elephants
(2014)
Singles from Gold Cobra
  1. "Shotgun"
    Released: May 17, 2011
  2. "Gold Cobra"
    Released: June 7, 2011

Gold Cobra is the sixth studio album by American rock band Limp Bizkit. Released in 2011 by Flip/Interscope Records, it is the band's first studio album since 2005's The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1), and the first with the full original lineup since 2000's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. It is the band's last album to be released on Flip/Interscope. It is also the last album to feature DJ Lethal before he was fired from the band in 2012. Gold Cobra features an eclectic and diverse sound, but also similar in style to the band's earlier albums. The album, which featured the single "Shotgun" and received mixed to positive reviews, sold 65,000 copies during its first week in the United States, peaking at No. 16 on the Billboard 200.[1] Critics praised the return of Borland, and the band's unique sound.[citation needed]

Background[edit]

In 2004, Limp Bizkit recorded The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1), with returning member Wes Borland, but John Otto was replaced by Sammy Siegler for much of the album.[2] Following the release of the band's Greatest Hitz album, the band went on hiatus.[3][4] Borland stated that it was unlikely that a sequel to The Unquestionable Truth would be produced and that "As of right now, none of my future plans include Limp Bizkit."[3] In 2009, Limp Bizkit reunited with Borland on guitar and launched the Unicorns N' Rainbows Tour.[5]

During the tour, Durst announced that they had begun to record a new album, with Borland titled Gold Cobra.[6][7] Borland said that the title does not have any meaning, and that it was chosen because it fit the style of music the band was writing for the album.[7] The band recorded a spoken intro written by Durst and performed by Kiss member Gene Simmons for the album, but it was left off the completed album.[8][9] The band also recorded additional "non-album" tracks, including "Combat Jazz", which featured rapper Raekwon.[9]

Music and lyrics[edit]

The music of Gold Cobra was generally described as nu metal,[10][11][12] and has been noted as a return to the established sound of Limp Bizkit's earlier albums.[13][14] However, the album features noticeable variations from the band's established style for a more eclectic sound.[15] Unlike Significant Other, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water and Results May Vary, Gold Cobra does not feature any guest vocalists, and the album's sound predominately focuses on the guitar work of Wes Borland rather than that of turntablist and sound designer DJ Lethal.[14] Sam Rivers' bass playing incorporates elements of jazz and funk,[16] while Borland's guitar playing incorporates a variety of influences, ranging from heavy metal and hard rock to electronic music[15] and DJ Lethal's keyboards and samples give the album a sound that is both melodic and abrasive.[15] The intro, "Introbra", features distorted air raid sirens, and is much darker in tone than the hip hop-influenced intros on Significant Other and Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.[17] Interludes on the album incorporate elements of hip hop and jazz.[12][17]

"Shotgun", from Limp Bizkit's album Gold Cobra, highlights Borland's unique playing style in this solo.

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"Bring It Back" differs from Limp Bizkit's established sound by being slower and heavier than the band is generally known for.[17] "Shark Attack" is an uptempo track which features references to earlier songs, such as the lyric "another one of those days", which refers to the lyrics of "Break Stuff".[17] "Walking Away", "Loser" and the album's first single, "Shotgun", are noted for featuring guitar solos by Borland, something that Limp Bizkit is not known for.[17] "Shotgun", influenced by heavy metal music, has been described as an anthem by Artistdirect.[18] "Walking Away" is a serene, ambient ballad with introspective lyrics which does not contain any hip hop influence or rapping, in contrast to the sound the band is generally known for, and builds with dramatic solos.[10][14][17] "Loser" combines the softer sound of "Walking Away" with rapped verses,[10][17] and is followed by a heavier track, "Autotunage", featuring Durst singing in autotune,[13][17] and "90.2.10", which incorporates a thrash influence.[17]

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

Gold Cobra charted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 charts with 65,000 copies sold in the first week in the United States. The album charted on Billboard Albums for the No. 3 Rock Album, No. 11 Digital Album, No. 2 Alternative Album, No. 1 Hard Rock Album and No. 21 Tastemakers Album.[19] In its second week on the charts, the album dropped to No. 56 on the Billboard 200 and sales had tailed off with 72% and down to 21,000 copies.[20] In its second week of release overseas Gold Cobra was No. 7 on the Swiss Album Charts, No. 8 on the Austrian Album Charts, No. 24 on the Canadian Albums Chart[21] and No. 1 on the German Albums Chart.[22] As of 2014 the album has sold over 1,000,000 copies worldwide, including 250,000 in the U.S.

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 53/100[23]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[15]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[13]
Artistdirect 5/5 stars[16]
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[10]
Deccan Chronicle favorable[24]
Entertainment Weekly C−[25]
IGN 7.0/10[14]
PopMatters 8/10[11]
Rock Sound 7/10[12]
The Needle Drop Hummus
The Village Voice mixed [26]
Under The Gun Review 8.5/10 [27]

Gold Cobra has received mixed to positive reviews.[23] Artistdirect reviewer Rick Florino gave the album 5 out of 5 stars, writing "Gold Cobra is everything you hoped it would be, and rap and metal will be walking funny after it takes a bite out of both them".[16] Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album a positive review, calling it "a return to the full-throttled attack of Three Dollar Bill Y'All.[13] Metal Hammer writer Terry Bezer wrote, "Aside from the odd duff moment, Gold Cobra throws out the hot shit that’ll make you bounce in the mosh pit over and over again."[17]

David Buchanan, of Consequence of Sound, called Gold Cobra "an entertaining, boastful, non-alienating piece of nostalgic bliss for those who once held memberships with the LB".[10] In a similar context, Bloody Disgusting writer Jonathan Barkan gave the album a positive review, stating "The album, on a whole, sounds fantastic. [...] It's not Paganini or Opeth or Dream Theater. It's rap rock and it does exactly what it sets out to do."[28] IGN writer Chad Grischow wrote, "Though far from their best work, Limp Bizkit's latest at least proves that their 2005 Greatest Hitz album may have been premature."[14] About.com writer Tim Grierson called Gold Cobra "the group’s strongest since Significant Other".[15]

Entertainment Weekly reviewer Kyle Anderson called the album an "oft-delayed, petulant, and hook-devoid 'comeback' from the onetime champions of early-aughts nü-metal mania."[25] Antiquiet published a negative review which described the album as "music for the sneering scumbags who find kinship in the dregs of cultural rot".[29] The website initially gave the album 1 out of 5 stars.[30] Wes Borland responded to the review, stating "The hatred you have for Fred is part of the reason we've succeeded. [...] No matter what effect he has on people in a ‘TMZ Personality’ kind of way, he is an astonishing front man and performer. I could see 1 out of 5 if you were expecting OK Computer [...] As far as LB records go, Gold Cobra is perfect."

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Fred Durst, except "Middle Finger" by Paul Wall and Fred Durst, all music composed by Limp Bizkit, except "Back Porch" by Fred Durst and Boney B.eats, "Combat Jazz" and "Middle Finger" by Mathematics.

No. Title Length
1. "Introbra"   1:20
2. "Bring It Back"   2:17
3. "Gold Cobra"   3:53
4. "Shark Attack"   3:26
5. "Get a Life"   4:54
6. "Shotgun"   4:32
7. "Douche Bag"   3:42
8. "Walking Away"   4:45
9. "Loser"   4:53
10. "Autotunage"   5:00
11. "90.2.10"   4:18
12. "Why Try"   2:51
13. "Killer in You"   3:46
Total length:
49:37

Charts[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[21] 12
Austrian Album Chart[21] 2
Canadian Albums Chart[21] 13
Italy[31] 58
German Albums Chart[32] 1
Polish Albums Chart[33] 24
Russian Albums Chart[34] Gold[34] 3
U.S. Billboard 200[19] 16
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums[19] 11
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums[19] 3
U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums[19] 2
U.S. Billboard Hard Rock Albums[19] 1
U.S. Billboard Tastemaker Albums[19] 21

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[35] 57
German Albums Chart[22] 66
Russian Albums Chart[36] 45

Personnel[edit]

Limp Bizkit
Production

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Europe June 24, 2011 CD, digital download Interscope
United States June 28, 2011
Japan June 29, 2011
Brazil July 19, 2011 Universal Music

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