Although King Kobra had a hard time spelling
the word "cobra," they didn't have a hard time making decent
metal albums. King Kobra was the 1984 brainchild of Carmin
Appice. Carmin had been the drummer for Ozzy Osbourne before
his King Kobra days. Carmin put together a group of relatively
unknown rockers, and the band released
Ready to Strike in 1985. In support of their early
efforts, King Kobra toured with bands like Iron Maiden and Kiss.
Their second release, called Thrill of a Lifetime,
was released in 1986. Although not as popular as Ready to
Strike, it is also considered one of the band's better productions.
For those who remember, King Kobra was even hired to write some music for
the 80's hit movie
Iron Eagle. Over
the years, there were many band line up changes for the band (even Marq
Torien of the Bullet Boys took up vocals for a short time for King Kobra).
By the late 80's, King Kobra had split up, and
Appice joined up with John Sykes on his Blue Murder project.
In 1999, they released an album called
The Lost Years, which is a collection of previous un-released
80's songs by the band. The band had a reunion release as in 2001
and 2011 respectively. At the time of this writing, the King Kobra Discography was as follows:1985: Ready to Strike
1986: Thrill of a Lifetime
1988: King Kobra III
1999: The Lost Years
2001: Hollywood Trash
2011: King Kobra