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Cognitive – Cognitive [REVIEW]

Genre(s): Technical Death Metal/Deathcore
New Jersey based technical death metal/deathcore act, Cognitive, has recently released their debut full length Cognitive through Pathologically Explicit. This album is the band’s second release, the first being their EP, The Horrid Swarm back in 2012, which I reviewed as well.
In a vague description, Cognitive is a combination of technical death metal with some deathcore aspects thrown in. But if you are to look deeper into the album, there is a lot more there. It is a very fast paced album, and if you are not paying attention, you may not even realize you listened to the entire thing. The combination of brutal sounding death metal and its “in your face” sound is prevalent is most of the album, like in “Cut The Fuck Up,” “World’s Beneath,” and “Fire from the Sky.” That’s not all they have in this album as they provide well done melodies in some of the tracks, like in “Affliction Humanity,” “Oceanic Erosion,” and “Regurgitated Existence.” But, that’s not all, there is great sounding groove elements, like in the song “Blood Hungry.”
If you are a fan of death metal and other sub-genres of metal; groove, technical, brutal death, melodic death, and deathcore. Then this album has everything you could possibly want out of an album. I definitely recommend this album to any fan of death metal. So! If this album sounds good to you, go pick it up from Pathologically Explicit’s Big Cartel (linked above)!Score: 5/5

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I Declare War – We Are Violent People By Nature [REVIEW]

Genre(s): Deathcore
I Declare War’s new album, We Are Violent People By Nature, is set to officially release on April 15, 2014. However, several MerchNOW pre-orders were shipped and received early, like mine. So I was able to listen to it a few times through, and thus decided to do expand on the mini review I posted on our Facebook page. Anyway, to the review!
We Are Violent People By Nature is the second release by I Declare War with new vocalist Jamie Hanks, this album follows their 2011 self-titled release I Declare War, which brought a big change to what I Declare War sounds like. The change was from a brutal death metal type of sound, when they had Jonathan Huber as a vocalist, to a guitar chugging, overly loud and heavy, deathcore sound. The album itself is ten songs long and has roughly 35 to 40 minutes worth of listening material.
The band kept the same kind of sound they had in their self-titled release I Declare War, but added upon it with some technical guitar parts in some songs, like “Quiet” and some different types of vocal parts, like gutturals in “Shadow Man.” Outside of some differences here and there, not much changed from the last album and this one. However, the album itself sounds a lot better, it is like they honed their craft to the best of their abilities and put it into this album.
Of course, in a different light, you can say the album is quite boring with its repetitive instrumentals and lack of diversity in the vocals. This album may be for you for those reasons alone, and that’s understandable, but for those who are into the kind of music, they will absolutely enjoy this album. Basically, if you like I Declare War’s self-titled album that released back in 2011, you’ll like (if not love) this album. If you’re into chuggy deathcore, you’ll also like this album. But if you’re not into either of those things, you will not like this album.
Score: 4/5
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Beneath The Remains – Demo [REVIEW]

Genre(s): Groove/Melodic Metalcore
Beneath The Remains’ three track demo was released earlier this year (or sometime late 2013, there is no release date I can find). The demo consists of three songs, “Pray for Pain,” “Angels & Demons,” and “Straight Out of Hell.” This demo reminds of how metalcore use to do sound like, before the overuse of guitar chugging, unneeded clean singing, random breakdowns, etc.
Beneath The Remains sticks to an old school metalcore type of sound with the mix of groove metal. The song that portrays the most groove and old school type of metalcore sound is “Pray for Pain.” The song has the best audio quality out of the three. “Angels & Demons” has a bit more guitar chugging it, and “Straight Out of Hell” has a lot more riffs than the other two songs, also it has a guitar solo near the end of the song. They do keep to some guitar chugging as well in the song too. Overall, Beneath The Remains’ demo is solid and their upcoming EP, I expect, to be good. So, keep on the lookout for the band!Score: 3.5/5

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The Brothers Highhorse – A Graveyard for Lunatics [REVIEW]

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Genre(s): Deathcore
The Brothers Highhorse’s newly released single “A Graveyard for Lunatics” is roughly four minutes long. They combine some elements of black metal, mostly heard in the vocals, with standard deathcore. The pace of the song is fast, and the instrumentals change through the song. In the beginning to about midway through, they have a fast-going death metal sound, then transition into a more melodic one for a small amount of time. However, quickly transition back to the fast-going death metal sound with symphonic elements for the rest of the song. The vocals used are black metal-like high screams and low screams.
The only thing you can notice about this song right away is the poor audio quality, and I think that takes a lot away from the song itself. If the band were to release a new song in the future with better audio quality, I believe it would sound a whole lot better. Other than that, it is a solid song with variety.Score: 3/5

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Subdivisions – Breaking The Fourth Wall [REVIEW]

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Genre(s): Progressive/Hardcore/Power Violence

Breaking The Fourth Wall is Subdivisions first music release of the new year. The EP has six songs and roughly 30 minutes worth of listening materials. There are influences on a few different genres throughout the album, mainly death metal and hardcore. They keep up the same kind of upbeat pace throughout each song, except for two songs; the longest song on the album “Tremors 3” which could be considered an interlude, as it combined melodic instrumental sounds with the band’s normal hardcore song, and the fifth song “Leap of a Whale from the Water.”
The sound is each song is roughly the same besides the two listed which is a combination of sometimes progressive sounds, chuggy giffs, and or an experimental/mathcore kind of sound. A good example would be the song “Crippler.” The vocals through the album seldom change, mainly mid screams and high screams. Overall, the album is okay and is worth checking out.Score: 2.5/5

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