King Kobra was the project of veteran drummer Carmine Appice who enlisted the help of Mark Free (vocals), Mike Sweda (guitar), David Michaels-Philips (guitar) and Johnny Rod (bass). They made their debut in 1985 with a competent and flashy U.S. Hard Rock album titled Ready To Strike. But like most 80's acts they would try to become more commercial and in doing so kill their future prospects, and their follow-up Thrill Of A Lifetime (1987) did just that by suffering poor sales, even with their original fan base whothen left; a procedure that was dually copied by their record company.
A line-up change was now in order with Rod leaving to join W.A.S.P. leaving Appice and Michaels-Philips to recruit Larry Hart (bass), Jeff Northrup (guitar) and Johnny Edwards (ex-Montrose; vocals) for a return of sorts with the King Kobra III on Music For Nations' in 1989. The album went nowhere and when Appice left to join Blue Murder the act split.