Hailing from South Jersey, COGNITIVE was born in 2011 with the sole intent to create heavy, intensely technical music, while maintaining an edge of creativity that separates them from the over-produced sea of subgenres. Combining technicality, guitar solos, grooves, and abstract ideas within their songwriting, COGNITIVE is continually pushing it self to think outside of the proverbial box while maintaining an organic and unapologetically brutal edge.
Entitled Deformity, COGNITIVE’s sophomore full-length was recorded at Full Force Studio by Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding, Dehumanized) and mastered at West West Side Studios by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Converge, Black Breath, Mastodon et al), and boasts nine tracks of unrepentant heaviness. “We poured a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this album,” the band elaborates, “and the emotion really came through within the songs as well as our approaches to each song. It’s a concept album based around New Jersey’s folklore, but we still left it open for some interpretation.”