Cognitive: Technical Death Metal Architects Drop New Video for “Insidious”

    Cognitive: Technical Death Metal Architects Drop New Video for “Insidious”

    – May 20th, 2024 –

    “Abhorrence” Full-Length Out Now On Metal Blade Records!

    Photo by Chris Hosey

    Watch/stream COGNITIVE’s “Insidious” HERE

    Technical death metal quintet, COGNITIVE, is pleased to unleash their new video for “Insidious.” The rampaging new track comes by way of the band’s Abhorrence full-length, released May 17th on Metal Blade Records.

    Abhorrence finds the New Jersey powerhouse quintet at their brutal best. Once accurately championed by Kerrang Magazine for composing songs that land with “cartilage-crushing force,” Abhorrence carries on band tradition with its a maniacal fusion of relentless riffs and thoughtful, devastating lyrics making for a raging, draining, and ultimately fulfilling experience.

    An exercise in aural turbulence, each track on Abhorrence takes its listener on a magnificently traumatic journey. “Our lyrics for this record are all over the place,” notes guitarist Rob Wharton. “There’s some stuff about video games and addiction and mental health. To me, that’s the kind of subject matter that hits home because everyone’s got stuff going on in their lives. It’s relatable.”

    Comments Wharton on “Insidious,” “A finger-fancy opening soon leads to slam-heavy grooves and well-articulated vocals, with lyrics about addiction, and a chorus/breakdown that always comes back for more.”

    Watch COGNITIVE‘s video for “Insidious” at THIS LOCATION.

    Watch the band’s previously released videos for “AbhorrenceHERE and “A Pact UnholyHERE.

    COGNITIVE started work on Abhorrence while touring in support of Malevolent Thoughts Of A Hastened Extinction, sending tracks back and forth while trekking from one intense gig to the next. Drummer AJ Viana has his own studio (he’s previously worked with bands as prestigious as Hath) and recorded, tracked, and mixed the album, before Ryan Williams (The Black Dahlia Murder, John Frum) at Metal Blade Records mastered it.

    COGNITIVE‘s Abhorrence is available on CD and digital formats as well as vinyl in the following color variants:

    Crimson Void (US retail)
    Gilded Abyss (EU + US Metal Blade Webstore – Ltd. 400)

    Find orders at:

    COGNITIVE recently announced a ten-date headlining tour in July with support from Dysentery and Atræ Bilis. In September, the band will play this year’s edition of the Metal Injection Fest in Brooklyn, New York before joining Benighted on their Canadian Infestation tour. See all confirmed dates below.

    COGNITIVE w/ Dysentery, Atræ Bilis:
    7/18/2024 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
    7/19/2024 Ralph’s Diner – Worcester, MA
    7/20/2024 Empire – Albany, NY
    7/21/2024 The Shred Shed – Pittsburgh, PA
    7/22/2024 E Street Pub – Richmond, IN
    7/23/2024 JJs Bohemia – Chattanooga TN
    7/25/2024 The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
    7/26/2024 Riffhouse Pub – Virginia Beach, VA
    7/27/2024 Shamrock Inn – Baltimore, MD
    7/28/2024 The Kennel at West York Inn – York, PA
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    9/21/2024 Metal Injection Fest – Brooklyn, NY

    w/ Benighted:
    9/22/2024 QG – Rouyn Noranda, QC
    9/23/2024 Piranha Bar – Montreal, QC
    9/24/2024 Rainbow Bistro – Ottawa, ON
    9/26/2024 Rum Runners – London, ON
    9/27/2024 Warehouse – St Catharines, ON
    9/28/2024 The Back Stage – Windsor, ON
    9/29/2024 Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON
    9/30/2024 l’Anti – Quebec City, QC

    Between Job For A Cowboy and Cattle Decapitation, COGNITIVE are in good company with Metal Blade. The quintet from New Jersey has also developed from a relatively conventional grind/deathcore band into a fiddly extreme metal hybrid that still prefers to contrast blast beats with downtempo parts, but also allows for melodies and generally values skilled craftsmanship puts. The sound is correspondingly transparent and powerful, but not soulless.” — Rock Hard Germany

    I suggest this release to not only fans of the death metal genre but metal fans looking for something super heavy and technically superior. This album is definitely designed to be played at eleven.” — The Metal Pit

    COGNITIVE delivered a commanding and angry record that was impressive in its musicianship, as well as its brutality. I picture this record making a lot of Best Death Metal lists of 2024. Highly recommend the record.” — This Day In Metal

    With their fifth album, the North Americans prove their impressive musical potential and actually develop some great songs from them.” —

    Rob Wharton – guitars
    Harry Lannon – guitars
    Shane Jost – vocals
    Tyler Capone-Vitale – bass
    AJ Viana – drums

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