ALBUM REVIEW: Cognitive – Malevolent Thoughts Of A Hastened Extinction

Release Date: July 16th 2021
Label: Unique Leader Records
Website: None available


Cognitive have steadily built themselves up since their origins in 2012 to establish themselves as a brutal force of the underground metal scene. Is there anything new to be garnered in their latest record, ‘Malevolent Thoughts Of A Hastened Extinction’, or have they reached the end of the road?

Battering down death’s door, ‘Enaic’ is a terrifying tirade of blasting drops and vile screams. It could easily be a one-way street, but the interesting little hooks and breaks of off-kilter instrumentals give it a nice added edge of variety.

Following numbers ‘From The Depths’ and ‘Arterial Red’ ante up the intensity with deeper dives that are interlaced with brief sections of plodding death metal, which allow vocalist Shane Jost to weave his myriad screams, roars, and throat bursting bellows.

Not afraid to expand beyond the realms of constant drops, ‘Oroborous’ and ‘To Feed The Worms’ sees rampant metalcore and grindcore turn to expressive solos from guitarists Harry Lannon and Rob Wharton, who match each from one note to the next.

Adding a breathing space of loneliness and despair, ‘Destitute’ atmospherically starts off in a bleak distance that is greeted by a slow grind of deepening riffs equally matched by clean echoing vocals that makes for a great progressive interjection.

The two tracks that combine to make the album’s title are actually the least notable in this mad ball mixture. Unfortunately they’re just an average assortment of rambling deathcore riffs and kick pedals that don’t add anything to the whole experience, and don’t foray anywhere else.

There’s nothing which drags down what these guys do here, and there are some interesting points at which they take a sudden turn off into other territories on ‘Malevolent Thoughts Of A Hastened Extinction’. Still, as a whole, the record doesn’t quite reach what could be excellent or inspirational.