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Cognition
Spiral of Deception

Company: La Mazakuata
Release: 2014
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Nostalgic



  • Norwegian Death outfit Cognition make their label debut with "Spiral of Deception", an album immersed in Sepultura and Entombed influences. Having a feel similar to "Roots" and "Left Hand Path", Cognition's album is full of aggressive guitars, melodic solos and a mixture of black and death metal vocals. The vocal delivery is very similar to Max Cavalera's with that enunciated bark that is so easily identified. Tracks like "Fragility", "Open the Gates", "Downfall" and "Aftermath" are well-crafted songs that hurtle along.. The strangest thing to me about this album is the references to Mexico in songs like "Viva Mexico" and "Xibalba", the latter being the name for the K'iche' Maya underworld. How a Noway band got inspired by Mexico is neither here nor there but it is damn interesting. However, the album is pretty solid all the way through. The songs do seem to get repetitive after a few tracks but it's still a solid offering for a debut release. If you're looking to get nostalgic with your death metal, then look no further than "Spiral of Deception".


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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