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Cognizance: Inquisition

Utilising a technical death framework and hanging the slightest amount of deathcore from it, UK outfit Cognizance convince from the off. The balance between the brutal and the precise is played with a real eye for detail, yet with the go for the throat thrust required to hammer the point home ever present. Together since 2011, Inquisition saw the light of darkness at the tail end of 2013 and while the band may be a core of duo Alex Baillie (all guitars, songwriting, production) and Henry Pryce (a very convincing throat destroyer) they have employed a healthy mix of guests to augment their work. Alex Rudinger (The Faceless) does a superb job behind the kit throughout, while Aaron Matts (Betraying The Martyrs), Reece Fullwood (Eumeria), Scott Carstairs (Fallujah) and Sacha Laskow (Walk As Chaos) all adding their skills to a set of songs which remind at times of Spawn of Possession or Beneath The Massacre.

Bulldozing into view at just under 20 minutes, this four track EP takes no prisoners and wastes no time on bullshit. Thankfully there's no need for atmospheric intro's or any of that pambying. Instead Cognizance simply desire to bring their attack to the throat at the earliest opportunity. It works and well; each of the sound expulsions standing up to repeat scrutiny. However if you're looking for a quick "in" on how this pair sound, then hone in on the pinpoint destruction of "The Perennial Struggle" as the best example.

There are ever more bands operating in the extreme end of the metal market and yet when acts keep arriving with this amount of conviction and confidence, then who's complaining?

Track Listing
1. Epistemology
2. Defying A Natural Process
3. Clones Of The Night Sky (Feat. Walk As Chaos)
4. The Perennial Struggle

Added: April 12th 2015
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Cognizance on Facebook
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Language: english

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