Kobra and the Lotus

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Kobra and the Lotus
Kobra Paige.jpg
Background information
Origin Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Genres Heavy metal
Years active 2009 (2009)–present
Labels Titan Music and Entertainment, Universal Music/Simmons Records, Spinefarm Records
Website kobraandthelotus.com
Members Kobra Paige
Jasio Kulakowski
Brad Kennedy
Bones Elias - Guest Drummer
Jake Dreyer - Guest Guitars

Kobra and the Lotus is a Canadian heavy metal band formed in 2009 by lead vocalist and songwriter Kobra Paige.[1][2][3]

Discovery by Gene Simmons[edit]

The band's manager Susan Bullen had been in touch with several labels regarding the second album and reached out to Mark Spicoluk at Universal Music Group and played some preliminary tracks from the new album. Mark thought Simmons Records[4] would be interested and later that week Gene Simmons[5] phoned the band's manager directly with a strong case for Simmons/Universal to sign Kobra and the Lotus.

After signing,[6] Gene Simmons encouraged the band to write four new tracks and go back into the studio January and February 2012 with super producer and fellow Canadian Kevin Churko to record the new tracks and remix and remaster the entire album. Chris Swenson left the band after the studio sessions were complete and after an open audition, was replaced with second lead guitar Jasio Kulakowski.

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Kobra and the Lotus self-titled second album is listed as #3 Best Emerging Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Artists Of 2013 [7]

Kobra Paige is listed as one of the Top 25 Women in Hard Rock and Metal for 2013 [8][9]

Kobra and the Lotus was nominated for Best New Band at Golden Gods 2012 by Metal Hammer [10][11][12]


Kobra and the Lotus is currently supporting the 2014 KISS and Def Leppard[13] tour.[14] Kobra and the Lotus have played Sonisphere Festival, Download Festival, Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, Hard Rock Hell, Nova Rock Festival, Metaltown Festival, Hellfest (French music festival), Graspop Metal Meeting, Gods of Metal, Wacken Open Air, Bloodstock Open Air, Metal Female Voices Fest and the Gramercy Theater. They’ve toured with Judas Priest, Black Label Society, Slash (musician), Steel Panther, Buckcherry, Amaranthe, Fear Factory, Primal Fear (band),[15] Stratovarius,[16] Praying Mantis (band), Demon Hunter, Amanda Somerville, Hate Eternal, Sonata Arctica, and Amaranthe.


The band's 10th video Soldier[17] is a new release from High Priestess, shot in an abandoned minesite in British Columbia with director Lisa Mann. The video includes authentic WWII wardrobe and weaponry.[18]

Their 9th video is a lyric video for I AM a new release from their 3rd album High Priestess.[19]

Their 8th, and most popular video, is a horror show treatment of 50 Shades of Evil shot in an old church in Toronto.[20]

Their 7th video is a live action treatment of the anthem Forever One which was shot at the Hermitage Ruins in Dundas, Ontario, Canada.[21][22]

"Welcome to my Funeral" from their upcoming second album, gained widespread European[23][24] and Canadian support.

"Cynical Wasteland" was included for rotation on Much Music and Much Loud[25] in May 2010, and in rotation on Aux (TV channel) June 2010.

3rd video "Ride Like Sugar" Director by Britt Delara, The Field.

2nd video "Snake Pit" Director Tessa Bullen, Dirty Quinn Productions

Their first video, "Ace of Spades" features a cameo of Rik Emmett formerly of power rock trio Triumph,


The band recorded 14 new tracks for their new album High Priestess [26] with super producer Johnny K, a Grammy Award nominated producer/engineer/mixer/musician and songwriter at Groovemaster Recording Studios in Chicago. High Priestess entered the CMJ Loud Rock Radio charts in the USA at #4, it was released globally on June 24, 2014.[27] to strong reviews and is widely regarded as their best album to date. [28]

The band recorded their second self-titled album Kobra and the Lotus February to April 2011, with producer Julius Butty then headed to Europe for a UK summer tour.[29] After signing to Universal Music Group, the band signed up with producerKevin Churko to record four more tracks, and to have Kevin executive produce, remix and remaster the entire album. The self-titled album was globally released in August 2012 in the UK and Europe by Spinefarm Records and in 138 other countries by Universal Music Group affiliates. It was then released in the USA and Canada in April 2013 with Universal Music Enterprises UMe and T-Boy Records. The album rated as 7/8 POWERPOINTS by PowerPlay (music magazine) in issue #145,[30] rated as KKKK by Kerrang, and 8/10 by Metal Hammer.

The band recorded the first album Out of the Pit[31] in Calgary in early 2009. During the mixing of the album at Metalworks Studios[32] in Toronto, Greg invited long time friend Rik Emmett to record a guitar solo to the only cover song on the album, a remake of Motörhead anthem Ace of Spades. After playing their first 2009 Canadian tour, Paige's vocal style had changed significantly and the band approached Kevin Shirley to rerecord the vocals and remix the album.[33] The remix was so different that many industry writers thought the band had brought in a new lead singer.[34][35] The album was released during Canadian Music Week 2010 by Sonic Unyon Distribution and Code 7 Distribution. Producer Nick Blagona (Deep Purple) rerecorded the vocals and remixed the last track of the album "Legend" .

Kobra and the Lotus released their debut album Out of the Pit[36] in March 2010, in Canada on Sonic Unyon[37] Distribution and in the UK with Code 7 Distribution. The album was a popular release on campus radio charts across Canada[38][39][40] and several US internet Metal radio stations.[41][42][43][44]


In 2009, Kobra and the Lotus was formed by classical singer Kobra Paige[45] with guitarists Matt Van Wezel and Chris Swenson. The trio started recording their first songs in Calgary, initially produced by transplanted Toronto musician Greg Godovitz (Goddo). The trio added drummer Griffin Kissack midway through recording their independent release Out of the Pit. Kobra and the Lotus put the initial studio tracks on MySpace in summer 2009 and were approached by Metal Hammer to include Kobra Paige in the 2010 Metal Hammer Maidens of Metal Calendar[46] with Simone Simons, Epica and Cristina Scabbia, Lacuna Coil.

After an extensive 2010 Canadian tour the band parted ways with Matt Van Wezel (guitars) and bassist Ben Freud. Kobra and the Lotus held an open audition and these musicians were replaced in 2011 by Peter Dimov on bass and Tim Brown on lead guitar, just prior to their 2011 European summer tour.[47]

The 2010 tour also had a profound effect[48] on the vocals of lead singer Paige. The vocal evolution is very distinct between the videos "Cynical Wasteland" from the first album and "Welcome to my Funeral" from the first album under the Simmons/Universal label. In 2011 Kobra Paige legally changed her name from Brittany Paige to Kobra Paige.


Current members

  • Kobra Paige – vocals (2009–present)
  • Jasio Kulakowski - lead/rhythm guitar (2012–present)
  • Brad Kennedy - bass guitar (2013–present)
  • Bones Elias - guest drums
  • Jake Dreyer - guest guitars

Former members

  • Chris Swenson – rhythm guitar, (2009–2012)
  • Ben Freud – bass guitar (2009–2010)
  • Matt Van Wezel – lead guitar (2009–2010)
  • Timothy Vega - lead/rhythm guitar (2011-2012)
  • Pete Z Dimov - bass guitar (2011 - 2013)
  • Lord Griffin Kissack – drums (2009–2014)
  • Charlie Parra del Riego – special guest lead/rhythm guitar (2012–2013)




  • "Here Comes Silverbells!!" (Kobra Music Inc., 2009)


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