COGNITIVE – Matricide

Cognitive are an American technical brutal death metal band formed in 2011 from Jobbstown, New Jersey and have returned to create their third full-length effort of 2018’s Unique Leader Records album, Matricide. After the follow up to 2016’s sophomore release of Deformity, Matricide is left off right after where Deformity ended. Their compositions, songwriting and maturity have prolific acts of imaginative technical brutal death metal instrumentals really showcases both highly visionary and very fluent onslaughts promisingly brings outstanding energetic inclusions of atmospheric waves and slam-bound contents are absolutely top notch.

Musically, lyrically and atmospherically speaking, the musicianship and musical progressions is tighter, stronger and extremely comprehensive where each instrumentals are clean, sharp and organic. Matricide borrows the same rhythmical leads but maintaining such maturity within the musicianship, production and instrumentation wise this is a very well productive, respective and prevalent structures of extreme musicality is far incredibly enjoyable start to finish.

Let’s take the songs for example such as Fragmented Perception, False Profit, Omnicide and Clouds Of Rust for instance, they’ve taken their influences from Archspire, The Zenith Passage, Origin and Disentomb from its catastrophic, aggressive, progressive and thickened layers of sonic booming blast beats, massive overloads of produced guitar melodies, vocals being vicious than ever before and the overall statistics is truly outstanding. Those wanting a genre very fresh to combine technical, brutal and slam arrangements that are complex and piled disgustingly high amounts of visceral musical stylistics are surely worth the listening.

Overall Score: 8.5/10

Review by Jake Butler


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