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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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Interview with Cloudshift!

Genre(s): Progressive Metalcore/Deathcore
Location: Nederland, Texas
PSAB: Where did the band name “Cloudshift” come from exactly?
CS: The name CloudShift came from an idea that was formed by founding member
Josh Bandsma, that “We like to shift clouds and the clouds like it
too.” He is an expert in “Cloud Linguistics” and says he, “listened to
the clouds.” Members Stephen Weaver and Jacob “Earl” Harrell firmly
agreed on the name.

PSAB: When can we expect your album Enthullung Der Weg to release?

CS: You can expect Enthüllung der Weg, to be released at the beginning of
the Summer this year, as well as our new single “Rancor” on April, 20th.PSAB: You’re currently unsigned, if you could be signed to any record label, which label would that be and why?

CS: Any label that puts out good music that isn’t a product designed by
those outside of the band, is a record label worth signing under.PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Nederland, TX?

CS: SETX holds a growing breed of amazing musicians producing a sound that
be found only in the area. The level of competency and musical
dedication this area holds is at a level unseen my most of the nation’s
eye.PSAB: Which bands play the most influence on your music?

CS: Such bands as Born Of Osiris, Periphery, Vildhjarta, Veil Of Maya, The
Contortionist, and Knuckle Sandwich play a huge role when it comes to
our influences as a band as well as individuals.PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans?

CS: Shouts out to Adam Fontenet, Jose Campos, Jarrod Talbot, Peter Smith,
Caleb Hyatt, CoreToTheCore, Youth Decay Creations, and everyone whos
ever been out to support us.
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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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Interview with Going Home In A Body Bag!

Genre(s): Deathcore
Location: Mönsterås, Sweden
PSAB: Why did you choose the name “Going Home In A Body Bag” for your band?
GHIAB: We got it from Slipknot’s live DVD Disasterpieces when Corey yells, “You
are all going home in a body bag” on the intro of “Surfacing”

PSAB: You’re currently working on an album titled Pitch Black. When can we
expect this album to drop? Also, will it be an LP or an EP?

GHIAB: May or June of 2014 . EPPSAB: If you could have one musician featured on an GHIAB song, which musician would that be and why?

GHIAB: Phil Bozeman from Whitechapel or CJ from Thy Art is Murder \m/PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Mönsterås?

GHIAB: Pitch black it’s pretty dead ;), way too few metalheads.PSAB: What are your plans for this upcoming summer? Tour? Record new music?

GHIAB: Upcoming music video, maybe a new single and hopefully a ton full of shows!PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans?

GHIAB: Thanks for all the support so far, we appreciate it so fucking much and we love you all (especially Brandon Goodwin ;))!

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Interview with Intraneum!

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Genre(s): Melodic/Technical Deathcore
Location: Trójmiasto, Poland
PSAB: Where did the band name “Intraneum” come from?
ITN: Intraneum
in Latin means something inseparable. Our guitarist also liked that
name because it reminded him of Periphery’s song Extraneous.
PSAB: How has the feedback for the release of your album Perfection?
ITN: We’re
surprised because the feedback has been very, very good so far. People
especially complimented the sound and guitars, some asked if we were
planning to release a physical version of our EP.
PSAB: One of your songs from your new album were
actually not your own, but of a deathcore act named Jet Black Promise.
This was something your band member’s did and lied about. What was done
to the particular band member, and what have you done to fix the
situation?
ITN: Huh,turned out that he stole not only this song but
our single from the period when our name was Until Death Do Us Part was
stolen from JBP as well! It was actually our ex-member, who left the
band without any word in November, when we started changing our style.
We were really surprised, he hasn’t given any reason so far. He doesn’t
answer our calls or messages, generally behaves like a total coward.
We’re planning to charge him for the time we wasted recording the song,
but as mentioned before, he’s just hiding, probably hoping that we’ll
forget about all this mess.
We immediately released an official statement that we had no idea
the song was stolen (we were really surprised as we haven’t heard about
Jet Black Promise before), we’re now thinking what we should do with the
EP posted on YouTube, as it contains a song that’s not ours.
PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Trójmiasto?
ITN: With
a few exceptions it’s pretty much dominated by thrash and heavy metal
bands. Most of people here enjoy old-school kind of music, so it’s hard
for us to find bands to play with. It’s rather hard to make any money
from concerts but lots of people attend, so it’s rewarding. When we
visited Krakow our playing style was nothing special – the city is a
Mecca for core fans, there are hardly any bands playing other genre.
PSAB: Which bands did you listen to growing up, and do those bands play an influence on your music?
ITN: We’re
influenced by Veil of Maya, Dawn of Dementia, Periphery, TesseracT and a
bit of Meshuggah, Reflections and After The Burial. Our vocalist was a huge fan of deathcore bands like As Blood Runs
Black and As I Lay Dying which you can hear in the way he growls and
screams. Most of the music our bassist and guitarist listened
to growing up was mentioned in influences, you could also add Megadeth
and Queens of The Stone Age for guitarist and Necrophagist and Blotted
Science for bassist.
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans, and the readers out there??

ITN: We’d
like to thank anyone who digs our music and especially a few fans who
spent lots of time sharing our music and promoting the band, we’ll
definitely reward you. To people who haven’t – please check our (minus
Seven,it’s Jet Black Promise’s) music, intraneum.bandcamp.com is where you can download the EP for free from. We’d really appreciate any opinion

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