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Massic’s new album opens onto some dark minor key arpeggiated chords that build with heavy portent; it seems like an instrumental intro until the bellowing vocals come in right as the track takes a leap into Duplicity, all heavy riffing and nodding groove.
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So Cognisant could have remained and this band’s latest release would have been decent enough – if somewhat one-dimensional.
Then amongst the surging, chugging riff mayhem of Plummet Back to Earth a passage of clean singing comes out of nowhere, dropped into the middle of the track in a way that’s so completely surprising it almost subverts one of modern metal’s favourite tropes. It’s a Drill introduces some dark ambience and a completely unorthodox structure, throws in some more – but differently styled – clean singing and sharper guitar melodies while keeping on with the rhythmic pounding. Both Hairbreadth and Enshrouded adopt a punkier delivery, with the latter also offering a looser, pacier attack than the previous tracks’ militaristic attitude, throwing in some bristling lead guitar to boot.
Cognisant is an album that tackles social and political evils with a sledgehammer the size of a wrecking ball and plenty of intuitive musical ideas, striking vocal interplay and a set of riffs and grooves that are nothing short of crushing.
Surrender and Assimilate add a few more twists to the standard groove metal/metalcore playbook, providing more highlights. The ominous chug and overlaid new samples exploding into the ripping 3 Minus 4’s shouted vocal and air-raid guitar that sets the scene for further punishment. Only putting it at the end of the album could have made this one work better. Cognisant is an album that tackles social and political evils with a sledgehammer the size of a wrecking ball and plenty of intuitive musical ideas, striking vocal interplay and a set of riffs and grooves that are nothing short of crushing. Massic have done themselves proud.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Plummet Back to Earth, It’s a Drill, Enshrouded
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