It has been over 10 years since the original lineup of Limp Bizkit have crafted up some serious music baby-making with their huge hit of the early 2000s, Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water. Since then, some differences had pushed guitarist Wes Borland away from the Bizkit, only to realize life isn’t complete if he ain’t “Limpin’ with the Bizkit”. Reunited in 2009, Limp Bizkit toured Europe a little and promised a new album in 2010. Well, that shit didn’t happen and fans got pissed. The new album had been delayed for over a year, but on June 28th, 2011, the all great divine spirit gave us Gold Cobra to audibly jerk off to.
1. Introba: Like any other LB album, they like to actually introduce you into their albums. This is a much different intro from the more hip hop oriented intros they have done before. It is a lot of static and Fred Durst moaning and complaining about something. It builds up the hype like no other.
2. Bring it Back: Here is where the party starts. A mixture of Borland’s unique guitar riff with a club/house like beat and some fat ass bass drops. This is a perfect song if you have some good sub woofers. Durst manages to reference the band Slayer which will piss of any metal head who hates Limp Bizkit for sure. This has to be one of the shortest songs they have done, just passing the two minute mark
3. Gold Cobra: This is the leading and title track of the album. The song packs a huge punch with it. The bass beats the shit out of you in this one. If you have listened to Limp Bizkit before, this is no different. A catchy chorus that I am not completely sure if it means anything. If you take this band seriously, you are taking them too seriously.
4. Shark Attack: Leading you in with a Jaws like intro with a fat synth bass and breaks in with the rest of the band. Borland’s technique with a whammy bar is beyond anything that I could comprehend with a guitar. He pulls of some really interesting shit in the verse of the song. Fred Durst lays down an awesome “Old School” rap style in the bridge that would even make the “Average Homeboy” Denny Blaze blush in its cheesiness.
5. Get a Life: A slow groovy start with bass and drums. Feels like it’s going to be one of those mellow/mediocre attempts at a rap song that I have listened to before but once the chorus hits, it takes a 180. Durst goes from rapping to his usual pissed off self. It repeats itself once then goes into a completely different tone with the bridge. If you have listened to some of the more mellow songs from Results May Vary, this is what it feels like. The song finishes up and it abruptly leads into an interesting interlude with a delayed guitar, a beat loop, and some foreign language conversation.
6. Shotgun: One of the first finished songs presented to the fans. Your usual LB song. Heavily groovy and heavily aggressive. I think this track just sounds awesome. There is some electronic stuff that DJ Lethal put in the verse that really gives the song a whole new level. The song ends with a guitar solo which before now has been unheard of in a Bizkit song. After the guitar decays, a sampled beat from shotgun blasts and cocks finish this fine tuned track.
7. Douche Bag: Another very groovy track to keep your head nodding with Borland’s whammy riff madness. I think Durst tries to see how many “fucks” he can get in one line. I really think his vocabulary is limited, but I don’t mind at all. The junior high vocabulary is what makes this band what it is. The song abruptly cuts out into laughing and some Spanish style guitar ditty. Strange, but it works.
8. Walking Away: If there was a song that made you feel like you actually got emotional gratification out of this album, this is it. This slow building near-ballad starts out slow with a lone delayed guitar and builds up with strings to lift it up and carry it throughout Durst’s lyrics of sorrow. This song is truly like nothing they have ever done before. I would say this is their version of a ballad. It builds up until the intense conclusion that personally reminds me of the ending of “Boiler” but with such a bitchin’ guitar solo. One of my favorites of the album for its awesome display that they can make a powerful song.
9. Loser: An easy going song that has the same feel as “My Way“, but a little more electronically driven. It is another song that just soothes you through the entirety. This features another short guitar solo that gave this track more life than what it had before. I do feel it repeats itself a little too much. Afterwards is a humorous interlude with Fred Durst playing around with some heavy Auto Tune on his voice. He leads into the next song which is properly named for what it is.
10. Autotunage: It begins with some weird noises when the drums kick in. Durst comes in and give a shout out to John Otto, telling him to “break it on down” in which the rest of the band kicks in with by far the greatest guitar riff I have heard from Wes Borland. The groovy whammy bar and harmonic craziness that is sure to get the crowd jumping at live events. The lyrics of the song is pretty much a parody of the shitty pop music. Hence the chorus is “Let me see you rock/Lets turn this place in to something they cannot stop”. Pretty much, Limp Bizkit is trolling on modern pop music today. Keep trollin’ trollin’ trollin’!
11. 90.2.10: The beginning is very misleading, it starts out with some thrash metal style guitar riff then goes into what you usually hear from these guys. This is one of the songs I can’t get in to. Just a song about partying and such. Not sure if trolling or not. Though, if you can last through it, you can hear the fat old school beat DJ Lethal composed for the interlude.
12. Why Try: The first song released from this album over a year ago. Another heavy and aggressive track like you have heard before.
13. Killer in You: Again, your average aggressive track. This one isn’t very interesting until about 3/4 of the way through. Kind of weak way to end the album, with an average song. Whatever.
To sum all that reading up, this album is very strong with its musical awesomeness (I believe that is the technical term). For a band that hasn’t been fully together in 10 years, they brought there A game with the big heavy hitters of the album like Shotgun, Gold Cobra, and Walking Away. Although, like most modern rock albums, there are a few average ones that don’t shine as bright. Nowadays we have become more forgiving with that because most people just buy the singles or be assholes and download it. For the most part this album was fantastic and on par with their earlier records, if not better. Limp Bizkit is not a band that needs to change or evolve over time. They are who they are.
Gold Cobra – 9/10