Last year was epic for Black Cobra (www.blackcobra.net); the duo toured with a reunited Kyuss Lives, closed out the night at Yerba Buena's awesome art-meets-metal live show, and released Invernal. The album, full of pummeling hardcore, saw vinyl release last month on Southern Lord, thus kicking of another doomy year for the act that got together way back in 2004 when drummer Rafa Martinez (formerly of Acid King and Gammera) was living in LA and ex-Cavity guitarist Jason Landrian was in NYC.
Black Cobra essentially began by snail mail, each sending brutal bits of song across the country. Moving to San Francisco in 2007, the band evolution was complete. While Black Cobra on record sounds undeniably good, the band is at its very best when live, with polyrhythms, Martinez beating the shit out of the drums, and Landrian's gravity-defying backbends. The next show will be a charmer, Valentine's Day at the New Parish (8 p.m., $10–$13. 579 18th St., Oakl. www.thenewparish.com), the best way to confess to the dark lords, "Nothing Says I Love You Like Doom" (which happens to be the event's title). Hopefully it'll be touring with Black Sabbath by the end of this year.
Description of sound: Jason Landrian: Like an avalanche of barbed wire and rabid sharks.
Rafa Martinez: sounds like drinking the blood of your enemy.
What do you like most about the Bay Area music scene: JL: The size and variety. It's not too big, but not too small and there is not just one type of band.
RM: Awesome bands, diverse crowds, cool clubs.
What piece of music means the most to you and why: JL: Master of Puppets by Metallica. This was a massive staple of my youth and a huge influence on my playing when I was first learning guitar.
RM: Der Ring des Nibelungen by Wagner. It was the soundtrack of my childhood.
Favorite local eatery and dish: JL: Cathead's Barbecue. Cornmeal crusted tofu is killer!
RM: The Submarine Shop on West Portal. Italiano center sub with a Coke.
Who would you most like to tour with: JL: Black Sabbath