CONCERT REVIEW: Cognitive, Hath, Moniasin, Torturous Inception – Live at Sovereign Smokehouse

A night of heavy metal descended upon the intimate Brooklyn venue, Sovereign Smokehouse, as technical death metal five-piece Cognitive kicked off their tour, rolling into town with fellow New Jersey death metallers Hath and two New York City bands, Moniasin, and Torturous Inception.

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Internal Bleeding, Pyrexia, Cognitive, And Afterbirth Booked For East Coast Tribute To Erik R. Lindmark

As we previously reported, a tribute and benefit concert for late Deeds of Flesh and Unique Leader Records co-founder Erik R Lindmark, who passed away last month will be held in California tonight. Now a second event has been announced for February 2nd at Saint Vitus Bar, in Brooklyn, NY. Unique Leader artists Internal Bleeding, Pyrexia, Cognitive, and Afterbirth with all proceeds from the show going toward his daughter Bella’s fund. Continue reading

October 26th 2018 New Music Releases

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Maryland Deathfest 2017 Part II, Baltimore, Maryland

Hitting the halfway point of Maryland Deathfest is usually a milestone that no one really notices and those who do will actually not speak of it. No one wants to think the weekend is going to end nor that the end is already halfway here. Instead, hangovers are nursed, more questionable food is consumed, and everyone marches back to Rams Head Live and Baltimore Soundstage for another day of partying. Fortunately for myself and my party of friends, we know how to party but dodge the hangovers. So, we made sure to be on time for Soundstage opening up with the first band playing slightly before four in the afternoon. That included polishing off a bottle of vodka left behind by the previous renters of the Air BnB. Thank you to those unnamed heroes! Continue reading

Maryland Deathfest 2017: Part I – Baltimore Maryland

Memorial Day weekend in the United States is a time to remember our veterans who have served in the country’s military and most will commemorate such an occasion with cookouts. In Baltimore, Maryland, the partying starts a few days before the weekend but the celebration is about extreme music. This weekend is known to the fans as simply, MDF, or in full, Maryland Deathfest. Doom metal, black metal, grindcore, punk, and of course, death metal, take over multiple venues in the Inner Harbor area of the city all weekend long as the streets run black with hideous, graphic band t-shirts. For me, this is my sophomore year of the festival and could not be more excited to return.Continue reading

Maryland Deathfest Less Than Six Months Away, Tickets Are Moving Fast

The crowd at MDF 2016, by Hillarie Jason

Maryland Deathfest 2017, sure to be North America’s metal event of 2017 has already announced its daily lineups. Headlined by Morbid Angel, Candlemass, Autopsy, Tiamat, Cryptopsy and others, according to a post to the MDF Facebook, there are now less than 100 4-day passes available and less than 200 Rams Head 3-day passes available for MDF XV. Once these are gone, they won’t be releasing more. Full details are below.Continue reading

Maryland Deathfest Announces Daily Lineups, All Tickets Onsale


The producers of Maryland Deathfest XV have announced the full daily lineups for 2017. Details below: Continue reading

Candlemass, Tiamat, Grave, Root, Oranssi Pazuzu, Samothrace, Gost Added To Maryland Deathfest XV



With a final salvo of bands, 2017’s Maryland Deathfest XV is set at last. Added to the final line-up are legends like Candlemass (Nightfall set), Tiamat (Exclusive U.S. Appearance), Grave (Exclusive U.S. Appearance), Root (Exclusive U.S. Appearance), Oranssi Pazuzu, Acheron, GosT, Samothrace, and more.Continue reading

Cognitive Confirm May US Tour


New Jersey tech-death monsters Cognitive have confirmed a string of dates leading into the May Brutal Grooves and Grinding Moves US tour with Placenta Powerfist and Stillborn.

May 01: Rascal’s Tavern – Corry, PA
May 02: The Outpost Concert Club – Kent, OH (w/ TON, Rupture Christ)
May 03: R&K Pub – Hagerstown, MD
May 09: Guido’s Speak Easy – Frederick, MD
May 30: Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE (w/ Corpse Hoarder, Crackhouse)

BRUTAL GROOVES AND GRINDING MOVES w/ Placenta Powerfist & Stillborn
Jun 02: Harper’s Pub – Clementon, NJ (Cognitive only)
Jun 03: The Sidebar – Baltimore, MD (Cognitive only)
Jun 04: RiffHouse Pub – Chesapeake, VA (Cognitive only)
Jun 05: Slim’s – Raleigh, NC (Cognitive only)
Jun 06: The 529 – Atlanta, GA (Cognitive only)
Jun 07: The Tavern – Hattiesburg, MS (Cognitive only)
Jun 08: Hangar 21 – Shreveport, LA (Cognitive only)
Jun 09: The Lost Well – Austin, TX (Cognitive only)
Jun 10: Blue Max – Midland, TX (Cognitive only)
Jun 11: The Blue Phoenix – Albuquerque, NM (Cognitive only)
Jun 12: The Drunken Lass – Prescott, AZ (Cognitive only)
Jun 13: LAS VEGAS DEATH FEST 7 – Las Vegas, NV
Jun 14: Metal Invictus – Los Angeles, CA
Jun 15: The Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
Jun 19: Sunshine Studios Live – Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 20: COLORADO GUTFEST – Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 21: The Hideout – Papillion, NE
Jun 22: The Wicked Moose – Rochester, MN
Jun 23: The Wilsco – Madison, WI
Jun 24: Live Wire Lounge – Chicago, IL
Jun 25: The 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN
Jun 26: The Foundry – Cleveland, OH
Jun 27: The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 28: 3rd & Girard – Philadelphia, PA

Cognitive – Cognitive


Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Can idol worship be metal’s most potent catalyst and yet be its biggest inhibitor to musical progression?

Let’s look at two of the most weight-carrying names in the genre, Slayer and Metallica. While their musical endeavors have led many a longhair to pick up an instrument and write their own metal, they themselves got a little inspiration from the likes of Venom and Diamond Head respectively. I guess what I’m getting at is that good musicians will want to play music like their heroes, but the truly great ones will take those lessons and create something fresh with it.

Venom makes future members of Slayer want to play guitar really fast. That vicious form of shred in turn inspires kids in Brazil to start Sepultura and play something even more ferocious.

Jobstown, New Jersey death metal quintet Cognitive fall under that good musician’s category. Obviously talented players that in the span of three years have released an EP and now a full-length self-titled album. That’s without mentioning that they’ve shared the stage with the likes of Broken Hope, Cattle Decapitation, and Wretched, to name a few. Most regional bands at that tenure are still struggling to put a recording together.

My issue with Cognitive is that they’re not doing anything we haven’t heard Whitechapel or Oceano do three albums ago. Its an LP that likely would have gotten them signed to a Century Media or Earache Records during the great deathcore scramble of 2007.

I say this because a track like opener ‘Cut the Fuck Up’ while very enjoyable and most definitely moshable sounds too much like it came off Whitechapel’s (very underrated) The Somatic Defilement. Then you have the more generic cuts like ‘Worlds Beneath’ that sounds like a song Carnifex decided to pass on. That’s not to say there isn’t a market for the stuff, i.e. notice the wave of success currently enjoyed by Thy Art is Murder. You just don’t want to get comfortable in that zone. To stay in that deathcore gray area lumps you with the Winds of Plague and Suffokate’s of the world. You do not want this.

But there is a silver lining here. Potential. Vocalist Jorel Hart sounds like a rabid bear and the real star is lead guitarist Jake Iannaco who shines brightest when tinging the songs with semi-melodic leads like in ‘Willingness of the Weak’. If Cognitive decides to blaze their own path instead of following the worn deathcore trail, they’ll cease to be good and become great.


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