I went into my review of For Nothing We Follow expecting a sloppy abrasive attack like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum but the aggression of Kobaloi is more mature, more refined, like a hit man methodically taking out a group of non-paying clients.

Kobaloi is the name for a malicious spirit in Greek mythology, a mischievous creature known to frighten and trick mortals. Described as gnomes, goblins or even pygmies, tales of their exploits served as a warning for the unruly to behave.

Kobaloi is also the name of a death/trash act from Brainerd, Minnesota. The band has been active since 2013 and For Nothing We Follow is the group’s debut effort. It takes years to develop a sound or enhance an image, every band has to start somewhere. What I typically look for in a debut offering is drive and an insatiable desire to play metal. More often than not, what a band initially lacks in musicality is made up for with aggression and execution. I went into my review of For Nothing We Follow expecting a sloppy abrasive attack like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum but the aggression of Kobaloi is more mature, more refined, like a hit man methodically taking out a group of non-paying clients. This is a melodic attack following a thrash-laden groove and the journey gets better each time the onslaught is recast.

Unconventional guitar work is what makes this an adventure. The paths may be well worn but the tale makes it unique. The vocals are occasionally reminiscent of Six Feet Under, throaty and unforgiving. The clean offering on the song “Choelric” is an unexpected surprise and definitely demonstrates the diversity of this group. Highlight tracks for me are: “Reverence of a Dying Liar”, “Endenial” “Aphonic Breed”, “Choelric”, “The Fury Never Fades” and “Throes of Hollow”.

Metal’s path is changing. The old school icons are starting to hang it up and the torch must be passed. I’ll admit I was initially concerned about the state of extremity but bands like Kobaloi have begun to ease my conscience. Check out For Nothing We Follow and let the mischievous warnings of Kobaloi punish you! \m/

 Kobaloi are:

Josh “Camel” Mohr – Vocals
 Adam “Hammer” Syverson – Bass/Vocals
•  Vincent “French Dip” Verroust – Guitars & Artwork
•  Thomas “Knuckle” Toepper – Drums
• Damian “YogurtBrain McShredface” Dunn – Guitars

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