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Below is our complete Cognitive news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Cognitive Summer Tour With Wormhole Announced

New Jersey based slamming tech death act COGNITIVE have announced a tour of the northeastern United States and Canada this summer alongside Wormhole. Dubbed "The Summer of Slamchop Tour", the trek will run from July 3rd - July 14th and see the group continuing to support their pummeling 2016 Unique Leader debut album Deformity.

Guitarist Rob Wharton said of the tour, "Cognitive is super hype to be doing the Summer of Slampchop tour with our good friends in Wormhole. With a hometown show in Philly and northeastern US and Canada dates, this summer is looking to rule. We"ll be playing new material from our new album which details will be announced very soon, so come out and check out the new tunes and the boys in Wormhole"

Dates below:

7/3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (Upstairs)
7/5 - Worcester, MA @ Ralph's Diner
7/6 - Syracuse, NY @ Spark Art Space
7/7 - Windsor, ON @ Windsor Beer Exchange
7/8 - Guelph, ON @ Dstrct
7/9 - Toronto, ON @ The Coalition
7/10 - TBA
7/11 - Ottawa, ON @ House of Targ
7/12 - Sherbrooke, QC @ Le Murdoch
7/13 - Montreal. QC @ Piranha Bar
7/14 - Albany, NY @ Club Chrome More...

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Cognitive To Tour The Northeast w/ Replacire

New Jersey based brutal death metal group COGNITIVE have announced a brief tour throughout the Northeast United States alongside Boston, Ma band Replacire. The tour, which runs from April 11-15 will see COGNITIVE continuing to support their 2016 full length Deformity which Metal Injection called "a perfect mix between brutal, progressive, and chaotic that all melds together into one singular form with only one goal: sheer destruction."

COGNITIVE w/ Replacire

4/11 Philadelphia, Pa @ Kung Fu Necktie
4/12 Secaucus, Nj @ The Blue Room
4/13 Cambridge, Ma @ Middle East Upstairs
4/14 Greenfield, Ma @ Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center
4/15 Brooklyn, Ny @ The Kingsland

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Cognitive Embarks On New Tour

New Jersey death metal legion Cognitive will kick off a nineteen-date North American live takeover supporting Seeker this weekend.

The band's latest batch of live incursions will stretch from February 12th to March 4th with additional support provided by The Grindmother and Wvrm on select dates.

Cognitive continues to tour in support of the "Deformity" full-length album released last Fall via Unique Leader. Captured at Full Force Studio by Joe Cincotta and mastered at West West Side Studios by Alan Douches, the nine-track crusher includes a guest appearance by Misery Index's Mark Kloeppel. More...

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Cognitive Kicking Off Tour

Garden State death metal troupe Cognitive will kick off a ten-date U.S. journey with tech death collective Artificial Brain tonight. The "Deformity Constellation" tour will commence in North Arlington, New Jersey and run through January 22nd in Chicago Illinois.

From there, the band -- who recently joined forces with the Continental Concerts talent agency -- will take a short break before returning to the road for a North American trek supporting Seeker. The journey will stretch from February 12th to March 4th with additional support provided by The Grindmother and Wvrm on select dates.

"We are extremely excited and pleased to announce we are now a part of the Continental Concerts family," comments team Cognitive. "We will be joining a family of artist that includes Aborted, Decrepit Birth, Defeated Sanity, Psycroptic, Rivers Of Nihil and more. With our new partnership with Continental Concerts, we will be hitting the road in February with Seeker, The Grind Mother, And Wvrm! We are excited to be touring with these three bands and traveling to some new cites and to Canada. We are stoked to have our inaugural tour with Continental Concerts coming up so quickly." More...

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Cognitive Parts With Vocalist

After releasing the "Deformity" album via Unique Leader Records late last year, Cognitive is now parting ways with vocalist Jorel Hart, who issued this statement:

"Hello everyone this is Jorel Hart here and with great dismay I am here to discuss some distressful news. Unfortunately due to life matters I have to depart from Cognitive. This is by far one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my life. There is nothing more that I would rather do than tour the world with my family, but unfortunately for me life has revealed an opposing path.

"Be assured that this departure comes with no malice or animosity between members it's just simply a matter of life intervening. I have experienced great things in my 3 plus years in Cognitive, met some amazing people and got to be a part of the music community in a way I never thought achievable. I have seen the country multiple times and played with my favorite bands. I have played huge festivals that drew fans from literally across the globe.

"I can never forget these things that I have done nor my brothers I got to do them with. I love my Cognitive bros with all my heart and will miss stinking up a bus with them while driving state to state. I will miss drinking whiskey in the back of the van while 'camping out' in some random parking lot. Do you member??? I member! January will be my last month and this Artificial Brain tour will be my last run. Come out and and send me out the right way. More...

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Cognitive Announces Tour With Artificial Brain

Garden State-based brutal death metal outfit Cognitive will kick off the New Year with a ten-date U.S. journey alongside tech death collective Artificial Brain.

The "Deformity Constellation" tour will commence January 13th and run through January 22nd, with additional 2017 Cognitive live takeovers to be revealed in the weeks to come.

"Last year two death metal bands from two different realms of brutality set out for a four-day mini-tour to expand minds and open a rift to the fourth dimension," relays Cognitive in a collective statement. "Back at it again for ten days, we are beyond excited to set out on the road with Artificial Brain once more. We can't wait to see what Artificial Brain has been working on this past year. Artificial Brain is a band that breaches deep within the recesses of your psyche while simultaneously throwing you into the blackest depths of the celestial abyss. Come out and witness the constellations become deformed." More...

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Cognitive Streaming Full Album

This coming Friday, the Garden State-based death metal faction Cognitive will unleash the pulverizing "Deformity" full-length upon the masses.

The nine-track offering was captured at Full Force Studio by Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding, Dehumanized), mastered at West West Side Studios by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Converge, Black Breath, Mastodon et al), and includes a guest appearance by Misery Index's Mark Kloeppel.

Before "Deformity" will see release via Unique Leader Records on October 28th, 2016 you can now hear all the tracks below. More...

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Cognitive Posts "Haunted Justice" Video

"Deformity" is the impending new full-length album from Garden State-based death metal deviants Cognitive.

Set to drop via Unique Leader later this month, the nine-track slab of inexorable brutality was captured at Full Force Studio by Joe Cincotta and mastered at West West Side Studios by Alan Douches. In advance of its release, today an official lyric video to the track "Haunted Justice" comes online.

"'Haunted Justice' is about a town of tortured people attempting to exact their revenge on the witches that have stolen, sacrificed, and consumed their children," elaborates the band. "The only problem is, when you kill the Host body to Pure Evil, you only wind up doing it the favor of releasing it and unleashing true terror onto the world. Give it a listen, read, and learn the lyrics so you can sing with us next time we're in your town. Also, listen closely to the amazing guest spots from Misery Index's very own Mark Kloeppel who absolutely killed the track and brought a visceral sound of hate to life in his performance." More...

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Cognitive Releases "Birthing The Deformity" Video

Garden State-based brutal death metal legion (and recent Unique Leader signee) Cognitive will drop the molten bounty of the "Deformity" full-length next month.

Captured 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), the record offers up nine tracks of sonic repugnance of the highest order.

As a precursor to its release, today an official new video comes online for the track "Birthing The Deformity," shot deep within New Jersey's sprawling Pine Barrens. Vocalist Jorel Hart comments:

"'Birthing The Deformity' describes the nightmare that is the beginning of existence for the great and terrible horror that dwells in the vast and desolate Barrens. We agreed that the best way for us to portray the abominable actions that may have taken place that night was to film in the fabled forest itself." More...

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Cognitive Signs With Unique Leader

Garden State death metal faction Cognitive is the latest addition to Unique Leader Records' expanding roster of sonic malevolence. The band will release a new full-length album later this coming fall. Issues Cognitive of this new union with the label:

"It is with extreme pleasure that we announce our signing with Unique Leader Records! It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of the label that many bands have called home such as Deeds Of Flesh, Fallujah, Psycroptic, The Kennedy Veil, Decrepit Birth, Ingested, Inanimate Existence, and so many more! This has been a long journey for us.

"We've gone through vehicle breakdowns, member shifts, two full United States tours, countless week-long-plus tours, Las Vegas Death Fest, Building Temples From Deathfest, and recording our second full-length album all in the last year. We couldn't be more excited to share our newest release with our long-time local fans as well as with the people all around the world who haven't heard us.

"Working with Unique Leader Records is a dream come true from five New Jersey and Philly guys who want nothing more than to make you mosh, hardcore dance, or headbang to the sound of our music. We hope this album will live up to our long standing reputation of brutal death metal!"

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), boasting nine tracks of unrepentant heaviness. More...

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Cognitive Announces Summer Tour

Rob Wharton, guitarist of Cognitive, had this to say about upcoming U.S. summer tour dates: "We are extremely excited and thankful to be hitting the road this June/July again to do another full U.S. tour. We are very excited to have our partners Coldcock Whiskey helping us with the tour, booze and tour flyers! Check out our flyer, and see if we are going to be in a city near you!"

6/1/2016 - Wilmington, DE @ Bar XIII
6/2/2016 - Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar
6/3/2016 - Richmond, VA @ 25 Watt
6/4/2016 - Chesapeake, VA @ Riffhouse Pub
6/5/2016 - Raleigh, NC @ Slim's Downtown
6/6/2016 - Charleston, NC @ The Station
6/7/2016 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
6/8/2016 - Atlanta, GA @ The 529
6/9/2016 - Augusta, GA @ The Iron Heights
6/10/2016 - Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co.
6/11/2016 - Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
6/13/2016 - Shreveport, LA @ The Tiki
6/14/2016 - Houston, TX @ The White Swan
6/15/2016 - Austin, TX @ Bull McCabe's
6/16/2016 - El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
6/17/2016 - Albuquerque, NM @ Blue Phoenix-The Compound 2
6/20/2016 - Long Beach, CA @ Blacklight District
6/21/2016 - Sacramento, CA @ Cafe Colonial
6/22/2016 - Ceres, CA @ The Workshop
6/24/2016 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Metro
6/25/2016 - Thornton, CO @ Trailside Saloon
6/27/2016 - Des Moines, IA @ The Underground Rock Shop
6/28/2016 - Madison, WI @ The Wisco
6/29/2016 - Chicago, IL @ Livewire Lounge
7/1/2016 - Cleveland, OH @ The Foundry
7/2/2016 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler's
7/3/2016 - Scranton, PA @ Irish Wolf Pub More...

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Cognitive Recording New Album

Cognitive will be hitting Full Force Studio to record second full-length album "Deformity." The band will be working with "Smoking" Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Bodycount, Internal Bleeding). Artwork for the album will be created by renowned illustrator Par Olofsson, while the legendary Alan Douches will master the upcoming album at West West Side.

Following the addition of guitarist Harry Lannon and bassist Ian Bainbridge, Cognitive has forged new ground and is eager to unleash new material presenting a more formidable sound and direction. The band is currently seeking a label and aiming to have the album released by March 2016.

Cognitive just wrapped up the "Swarming the South" tour and has the following upcoming tour dates remaining:

11/20 - 11/22 Puerto Rico Carribean Deathfest
12/5 - South Jersey Metal Fest, Clementon, NJ
12/6 - Blackthorn, Elmhurst, NY

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Cognitive To Record New Album

New Jersey band Cognitive has issued the following statement about gearing up to enter the recording studio:

"Its official, we will be entering Full Force Studio January 18th to record our self titled full length. This CD will be the first to feature our new vocalist Jorel Hart, as well bassist Art Sikora.

"With this album, we hope to really bring out the best parts of Cognitive's abilities. We really pushed hard to have a coherent, technical, catchy and well written song structure for all the metal heads out there to enjoy.

"From brutal to progressive to melodic, we tried to insure the signature cognitive sound, with new elements to keep things fresh, we want to move forward, but not forget our roots. that along with Tony Koehl's artwork, we hope to create an experience to all the fans out there musically and visually. This CD will crush, and we will be a very busy band this year with a lot of big news on the way.

"By the way, expect some killer guest vocal appearances on this album as well!"

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Cognitive Splits With Vocalist

New Jersey outfit Cognitive has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:

"So, we have decided to part ways with our singer Scheenier, we wish him all the best and love him to death.

"With that said, we have a new singer, and would like to welcome Jorel Hart into the band. If you are from Jersey you may know him from his band Due For Extinction, he's a great fit and has a lot to offer, and we're thrilled to be working with him. He will be performing with us for his first time this weekend.

"On top of this, we had found a bass player, Art Sikora, also from Due For Extinction. We hope everybody will be supportive of our decision and understanding, and welcome the 2 new members to the band with open arms, as were extremely excited to be working with them.

"Recording date will be announced very soon!"

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Cognitive Splits With Label

New Jersey's Cognitive has posted the following message online about splitting with the band's record label:

"So, we want this news to be out there. WE ARE FREE AGENTS NOW!!! We have parted ways with Torture Music Records, and our looking for a new place to call home.

"Anybody that knows any body, anybody that may be interested, hit us up. We are not slowing down anytime soon, and are almost done writing our full length album! We just need somebody to put this beast out!!!"

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Wormed Announces U.S. Shows

Madrid's sci-fi death metal cult Wormed is making a cosmic exploration stateside next month with plans to disintegrate six East Coast cities.

The probe will commence on October 19th, where the band will take part in the fifth edition of the NJ Deathfest in Stanhope, New Jersey. From there, Wormed will voyage through the galaxies of Baltimore, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Montclair before drawing the expedition to a close in an as-yet-undisclosed locale in Boston.

Wormed will be joined by California's Condemned, Japan's Infernal Revulsion, and New Jersey's Cognitive. More...

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Dehumanized Announces Shows With Cognitive

NYDM veterans Dehumanized will be heading out on an East Coast mini-tour with NJ's Cognitive. The following press release was issued about the trek:

"Both Dehumanized and Cognitive are all about pushing things to the extreme, from relentless brutality to uncompromising technicality, so it only seemed natural for the bands to team up and organize a weekend mini-tour to spread their NY and NJ brands of death metal across the east coast.

"Dehumanized recently released 'Controlled Elite' through Comatose Music and is now eagerly awaiting to bring its notorious live energy to the states of New Jersey, Virginia and Delaware. Cognitive's debut EP 'The Horrid Swarm,' while released over a year ago, seems to keep falling into more and more hands as they steamroll their way through the east coast circuit. Cognitive will also be featured on a 7" split with UK’s Corrupt Moral Altar to be released this fall."

The dates are as follows:

08/30: Devlin’s – Atco, NJ
08/31: Roger’s Sports Pub – Chesapeake, VA
09/01: Mojo Main – Newark, DE More...

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Cognitive Signs With Torture Music

The New Jersey technical death metal outfit Cognitive recently signed to Torture Music Records for the release of an upcoming full-length album, scheduled to hit stores in the latter half of 2013. The label comments:

"Formed in 2011, Cognitive is, despite its young history as a band, already a household name in the underground death metal scene. Having played in 11 states and shared stages with the likes of Macabre, Cattle Decapitation, Waking the Cadaver, and Internal Bleeding, as well as self-released debut EP, 'The Horrid Swarm,' in July 2012, the band shows no signs of slowing down as of winter 2012.

"With their upcoming self-titled full-length, Cognitive will pick up where they left off with 'The Horrid Swarm,' and deliver another release full of unmerciful technicality, pummeling grooves and vicious brutality."

Cognitive also commented, "Thanks to all the fans who have been supporting us this past year! Lets make 2013 even sicker!"

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Cognitive Streaming Songs From New EP

U.S. death metal act Cognitive recently released the new EP "The Horrid Swarm," and you can now stream two tracks from release online. Head over to the Cognitive Facebook profile to hear "In the Form of a Drone" and "Numbered and Slaughtered."

The EP's track listing is:

1. In the Form of a Drone
2. Falling Skies
3. Numbered and Slaughtered
4. Essence Oblivion
5. The Horrid Swarm More...

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Cognitive Streaming Songs

New Jersey technical death metal band Cognitive has been streaming four songs over on its Reverbnation page, or you can listen to them below. Cognitive formed in 2011 and already has played several local gigs along with just coming back from the Akron Deathfest, where they shared the bill with Hammer Fight and Rivers of Nihil. Cognitive is adding new tour dates in different states in the coming weeks, so check out their Facebook page for more updates.

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