This album was essentially the Appice/Keeling band released under the name King Kobra because the Label wouldn't finance it unless there was a brand name attached to it. This is one of the many travesties that record companies put their artist through to make a buck because this music clearly wasn't written to be a part of a King Kobra album most of these songs appeared in a little known film "Chasing Destiny" starring Casper Van Dien, Lauren Graham, & Christopher Lloyd.
King Kobra was one of the better bands to come from the L.A. "hair metal" scene in the mid `80s, but they didn't leave us with very many albums. That's why a collection like The Lost Years was like a gift from above. King Kobra's The Lost Years compilation resurrects 11 tracks – many of which never saw the light of day – from the group's mid- to late-'80s glory days.
King Kobra III, released in 1988 on New Renaissance Records, was the first and last album by the Edwards, Michael-Phillips, Northrup, Hart and Appice line-up of King Kobra. The album featured a strong selection of 1980s style mainstream metal.
Carmine Appice and his crew of bleach blonde L.A. poofsters are back for round two. With "Ready to Strike:" the band gave the world a quality mix of heavy music and pop hooks. Thrill of a Lifetime is the second album by the American hard rock band King Kobra, released in 1986 by Capitol Records. The album features "Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)", the theme song of the 1986 film Iron Eagle.
Ready to Strike is the first album by the band King Kobra. It was released on November 9, 1985. The music here is a fairly decent slab of melodic, 80's pop metal. For this style this CD is fairly heavy as well; hanging with the likes of Dokken and Rough Cutt . While their sound is slightly generic, the band manages to write some decent anthems that make the CD very enjoyable. Vocalist Mark Free has a decent set of pipes to boot, which really pushes this CD over the edge.