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Thursday, December 1, 2016
NEWS: Cognitive: tech-death ensemble confirms January tour with Artificial Brain
U.S. tech-death band Cognitive will be hitting the road in the new year. Listen to the band's 2016 album Deformity below.
OFFICIAL: Garden State-based brutal death metal miscreants COGNITIVE will kick off the New Year with a ten-date US journey with tech death collective Artificial Brain. The Deformity Constellation Tour will commence January 13th and run through January 22nd with additional 2017 COGNITIVE live takeovers to be revealed in the weeks to come. "Last year two death metal bands from two different realms of brutality set out for a four-day mini-tour to expand minds and open a rift to the fourth dimension," relays COGNITIVE in a collective statement. "Back at it again for ten days, we are beyond excited to set out on the road with Artificial Brain once more. We can't wait to see what Artificial Brain has been working on this past year. Artificial Brain is a band that breaches deep within the recesses of your psyche while simultaneously throwing you into the blackest depths of the celestial abyss. Come out and witness the constellations become deformed."
COGNITIVE w/ Artificial Brain:
1/13/2017 Hartley's - North Arlington, NJ
1/14/2017 Maximum Capacity - Chicopee, MA
1/15/2017 Dusk - Providence, RI
1/16 /2017 The Bug Jar - Rochester, NY
1/17/2017 Webster Hall - New York, NY
1/18/2017 Club Risque - Philadelphia, PA
1/19/2017 Sidebar - Baltimore, MD
1/20/2017 Drunk Horse Pub - Fayetteville, NC
1/21/2017 The End, Nashville - TN
1/22/2017 Reggies Music Joint - Chicago, IL
COGNITIVE will be touring in support of their pulverizing Deformity full-length released in October via Unique Leader. The nine-track slab of inexorable brutality was captured at Full Force Studio by Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding, Dehumanized), mastered at West West Side Studios by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Converge, Black Breath, Mastodon et al), and includes a guest appearance by Misery Index's Mark Kloeppel.
Metal Injection hails the band's, "perfect mix between brutal, progressive, and chaotic that all melds together into one singular form with only one goal: sheer destruction," while Dead Rhetoric, in a recent 8/10 review of the record, writes, "No matter your preference within death metal, you should be able to find elements of COGNITIVE to your liking. Deformity revels in technical riffing that never goes too overboard, grooves and subtle melody that hold your interest, and searing aggression from start to finish. COGNITIVE is ready to make their mark upon death metal." Decibel Magazine commends COGNITIVE's, "deftness in marrying technicality, brutality, and the power of bumpy grooves." HeavymuiscHQ champions, "A modern showcase of meaty, chugging riffs, as savage as they are intricate, with hammering octopod drumming, a tandem of ursine and demonic vocals, and an affinity for atonal leads and energetic staccato rhythm," further elaborating, "COGNITIVE embrace the weird and deliver some seriously rad and groovy death metal. If Decapitated, Aborted, Benighted, and, say, Pathology, get your blood flowing, then by all means, check out COGINITIVE." Upon their premiere of "Haunted Justice," No Clean Singing observes, "At the outset, it's an overpowering torrent of vicious sound propelled by drumming that simulates a war zone and by slashing, meat-cleaving riffs operating at top speed, coupled with monstrous roars and hair-on-fire shrieking. After this opening barrage has effectively cracked open your cranium like an egg and ejected your eyeballs from the skull due to explosive pressure, then COGNITIVE starts messing with your brain in an eerie, neuron-scrambling interplay between solo guitar and bass. And finally, the band erupt in one last frenzy of rampant hammering decimation." While Teeth Of The Divine gushes, "Deformity from start to finish will make you level neighborhoods with atomic leg drops and abdominal stretches all day long. Buy or Rot in Hell!!"
Hailing from South Jersey, COGNITIVE was born in 2011 with the sole intent to create heavy, intensely technical music, while maintaining an edge of creativity that separates them from the over-produced sea of subgenres. Combining technicality, guitar solos, grooves, and abstract ideas within their songwriting, COGNITIVE is continually pushing itself to think outside of the proverbial box while maintaining an organic and unapologetically brutal edge. COGNITIVE seeks only to advance itself musically and export New Jersey's undying hatred globally.