COGNIZANCE are today hosting a listening party for their upcoming album, Upheaval, via the Prosthetic Records Discord. The Leeds, UK via Graz, Austria based band will be interacting with fans as Upheaval plays in full to members of the Discord server, ahead of it’s worldwide release tomorrow (September 24).
The listening party will take place today (September 23) at 4pm BST / 8am PST / 11am EST.
Alongside Upheaval‘s listening party, COGNIZANCE have also unveiled plans to host an Ask Me Anything via r/technicaldeathmetal on Reddit, taking place on Saturday, September 25 at 4pm UK time / 8am PST / 11am EST.
Speaking on the album release, COGNIZANCE comments: “Today is a celebration now that we can finally share Upheaval with all of you riff fiends! The process of writing and recording this monster has been a rewarding challenge. We feel that we have once again created a sound that truly represents what COGNIZANCE is all about. Shout out to all of the kind words and support from our fans, you all rule.”
Praise for Upheaval:
“COGNIZANCE‘s second effort comes after a mere two-year turnaround, and is a more incisive, muscular affair than it’s predecessor. ” – Metal Hammer UK (Issue 353)
“COGNIZANCE are way ahead of the game but still devoted to crushing skulls.” – Blabbermouth
“COGNIZANCE‘s sound is as hideously fascinating as the mutated oddities on its album art.” – Invisible Oranges
“Extremely varied death metal, which covers an astonishingly wide field, from pretty melodies to technical extravagance” – Metal Hammer DE (September 21 issue)
“This is a really strong second album from COGNIZANCE.” – A&P Reviews
Similarly to 2019’s Malignant Dominion, COGNIZANCE once again took to recording and self-producing their latest effort. 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.
Since 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.
2. Drifting (R)evolution
3. Decaying Gods
5. The Mouth Which Cannot Speak
6. Forbidden Alchemy
7. Syntheticus I – Atrophy
8. Syntheticus II – Refuge
9. Fever Dream
10. Aeon Sickness
Henry Pryce – Vocals
Alex Baillie – Guitars
David Diepold – Drums
Chris Binns – Bass
Apostolis “Yage” Karydis – Guitars