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Cognizance announce sophomore album, share new single

Sunday, July 11, 2021 6:39 PM PT / 764 views

Official press release:

Leeds, UK via Graz, Austria based death metal band, Cognizance have announced their upcoming second album, Upheaval - due to be released via Prosthetic Records on September 24. Upheaval is the quintet’s sophomore full length and further expands on Cognizance's signature sound of modern death metal, laced with undeniable groove and technical prowess. Alongside the album announcement, the band are premiering lead single "Syntheticus II - Refuge" with an accompanying claymation music video by Budget Blood Productions via Youtube.

Speaking on the album announcement, the band comments: "Finally the time has come to unveil the next chapter in the Cognizance discography. Upheaval pushes the envelope compared to anything we have done before as this record is more pissed, to the point and darker than 2019’s Malignant Dominion. We are very excited to share this with the world and are looking forward to our fans sharing the visceral experience of Upheaval with us."

Of the video, the band adds: "Syntheticus II is the first offering from our new record and serves our fans a taste of the chaos to expect from Upheaval. Syntheticus II stood out as the lead single because it encompasses what we're all about; It's fast, heavy, technical but ultimately musical and is a gateway song into the album as a body of work. Working with Budget Blood Productions we chose to do something less conventional with the video and we are extremely proud of the final product."

Once again, Cognizance recorded and self-produced the album. Guitars and bass were recorded in the scenic sleepy village of Dent in Northumberland, and engineered by guitarist Alex Baillie. The demonic voice of vocalist Henry Pryce was captured in the eerie surroundings of an urn factory. Drums were recorded overseas at Rock Studio, Austria by Sebastian Wrum, with David delivering another performance of blast beats, intricate grooves and jaw dropping fills. Upheaval was mixed and mastered by legendary Swedish producer Fredrik Nordstrom (At The Gates, Architects, Dimmu Borgir), adding the final cutting edge to the record.


Following 2019’s Malignant Dominion, Cognizance have solidified their lineup as a five piece - welcoming second guitarist, Apostolis “Yage” Karydis, adding an extra dimension to their sound. The last year also saw long-time drummer David Diepold sharing duties with German tech-death kings Obscura. On Upheaval, Cognizance once again demonstrates that speed and technicality can fully embrace groove and hooks to compelling effect.

Upheaval track listing:

  1.  Hymns
  2.  Drifting (R)evolution
  3.  Decaying Gods
  4.  Oneiric
  5.  The Mouth Which Cannot Speak
  6.  Forbidden Alchemy
  7.  Syntheticus I - Atrophy
  8.  Syntheticus II - Refuge
  9.  Fever Dream
  10.  Aeon Sickness


anonymous 96 days ago

Poor mans Deicide

anonymous 96 days ago

Queer eye for the straight guy

anonymous 96 days ago

These bands Cognitive, cognizant and cognizance all need to sit down and hash this out. At least one of em has to go.

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