I’ll be honest with you guys, I’ve been holding on to this one for a long time, with all thanks going to fellow contributor DeusExMachina. I was waiting on my pre-order package to turn up (a t-shirt, EP and a poster for only a fiver/~$8, complete bargain) so I could give you the full run down rather than just going by what’s on Youtube, but there’s no point depriving you guys of this amazing band any longer.

Take one part The Faceless, one part Obscura and one part Beyond Creation and mix in that penchant for searing leads that have gotten The Black Dahlia Murder so far, and you’re getting close to understanding the sound of Cognizance. Their debut EP Inquisition is 4 tracks of face-flaying technical and melodic death metal and, if you need any more convincing, three words: Alex Fucking Rudinger. The ex-HAARP Machine and current Faceless drummer took some time out to do session work on the album and it’s no surprise really that the drumming on show here is fluid, relentless and, most importantly, tight as hell.


You can grab a copy of Inquisition here for only $3, which is essentially day light robbery when you consider how good this is. Or at the very least, keep an eye out for their name, I have a feeling this is a sign of great things to come.

– DL


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