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Formed: 2000
From: Greeley, CO, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Cobalt News

Below is our complete Cobalt 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.

Cobalt Splits With Phil McSorley

Phil McSorley has issued the following announcement about parting ways with U.S. outfit Cobalt:

"I have decided to quit Cobalt. I am grateful for what Cobalt started from, and the impressive amount of people affected by its music. I still feel a connection with the work we did, but I no longer feel that I am a part of its vision.

"Cobalt started with Erik and I making angry and heartfelt music, that later moved into more expressive music. It held a ton of symbology to my life, and for its help in making me who I am I am grateful.

"I will continue to make music on my own terms, but for me Cobalt is best left where it is. Thanks to all for the years of friendship and support. If Erik continues to create under the name Cobalt I support his decision. He was always a genius anyway."

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Cobalt Announces New Tour Dates

Profound Lore Records has checked in with the following announcement about new Cobalt tour dates:

"It’s been a really long time coming, but Coblat is finally going to be playing the first official live shows beginning at this year’s Maryland Deathfest where the band will be playing the opening Thursday, May 23rd evening and will go on right before the mighty Bolt Thrower (Evoken and Pallbearer also playing that day too). After MDF, Cobalt will continue on a small trek beginning on May 27th and bringing the destruction with the depraved band Lord Mantis."

The dates are as follows:

05/23 – Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest*
05/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
05/28 – Harrisonburg, VA @ The Blue Nile
05/29 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter*
05/30 – Philedelphia, PA @ Mill Creek Tavern
05/31 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
06/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
06/02 – Boston, MA @ Cambridge Elk Lodge
*No Lord Mantis More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2013 Complete Lineup Announced

The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)

The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...

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Cobalt Complete Work On "Gin," New MP3 Posted

Colorado blackened avant-war metal duo COBALT has completed work on their new album, entitled “Gin,” set for release on March 17, 2009 via Profound Lore Records.

The duo of Erik Wunder and Phil McSorley (who is currently deployed in Iraq) has "churned out not only a darker and equally epic and violent outburst, but a more surreal, angrier, emotional and ritualistic observation than its two predecessors (“Eater Of Birds” and their “War Metal” debut respectively). Like a churning maelstrom ready to engulf and level all in its wake, “Gin” is an album that comes across as the outcast diseased blackened extreme metal cousin to SWANS, NEUROSIS, and KILLING JOKE."
The tracklisting for “Gin” goes as follows:

1. Gin
2. Dry Body
3. Arsonry
4. Throat
5. Stomach
6. A Clean Well Lighted Place
7. Pregnant Insect
8. Two Thumbed Fist
9. The Old Man Who Lied For His Entire Life
10. A Starved Horror

An MP3 for the track “Arsonry” can be downloaded here and more material can be heard on the band's MySpace page.

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Cobalt Finish Tracking Instruments

As revealed by the studio report in the new issue of Decibel that just came out, COBALT are currently in the studio laying down the ground work to their follow-up to "Eater Of Birds."

The instrument tracking is now complete and the next step will be for Phil McSorley to lay down his vocals (sometime this month). The duo will then take a bit of a break until April when final mix-down and all loose ends will be tied up and mastered.

As revealed by the article, the album will be entitled "Gin." It will be set for release though in early 2009, but sometime late June, Profound Lore Records will be releasing a very limited special EP. The EP will feature a new track from "Gin," two exclusive non-album tracks, and "Ritual Use Of Fire" in its entirety (this track is 34 minutes alone). This special EP, which will be selling "cheap as hell" according to the label, should hold fans over until the release of "Gin."

In elated news, "Eater Of Birds" made the Terrorizer magazine best of 2007 list ranking in at number 13 (out of 40).

Read the full article at Decibel Magazine.

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