COGNITIVE Unleash “A Pact Unholy” Video/Single

COGNITIVE Unleash “A Pact Unholy” Video/Single

Abhorrence Full-Length To See Release Next Month

Photo by Chris Hosey

“A Pact Unholy” is the scathing new single from technical death metal architects, COGNITIVE. The track appears on the band‘s Abhorrence full-length, set for release on May 17th on Metal Blade Records.

Once accurately championed by Kerrang Magazine for composing songs that land with “cartilage-crushing force,” Abhorrence carries on tradition with its a maniacal fusion of relentless riffs and thoughtful, devastating lyrics. A raging, draining, and ultimately fulfilling experience, Abhorrence finds the New Jersey powerhouse quintet at their brutal best.

Elaborates guitarist Rob Wharton on their latest single, “’A Pact Unholy‘ kicks off with blistering speeds, guitars are nonstop, and the drums add to the ferocity, all leading into a dissonant, blackened midsection, and a heavy riff exit, with fantasy lyrics  speaking about bloodmagic, summoning, and resurrection.”

Watch COGNITIVE‘s video for “A Pact Unholy” HERE:

Watch the band‘s previously released video for “Abhorrence” HERE: started work on Abhorrence while touring in support of Malevolent Thoughts Of A Hastened Extinction, sending tracks back and forth while trekking from one intense gig to the next. Drummer AJ Viana has his own studio (he‘s previously worked with bands as prestigious as Hath) and recorded, tracked, and mixed the album, before Ryan Williams (The Black Dahlia Murder, John Frum) at Metal Blade Records mastered it. To the album‘s immense benefit, it was a collaborative process, and everyone brought their proverbial A game.

Abhorrence is an exercise in aural turbulence, each track taking its listener on a magnificently traumatic journey. “Our lyrics for this record are all over the place,” says Wharton. “There‘s some stuff about video games and addiction and mental health. To me, that‘s the kind of subject matter that hits home because everyone‘s got stuff going on in their lives. It‘s relatable.”

COGNITIVE‘s Abhorrence will be released on CD and digital formats as well as vinyl in the following color variants:

Crimson Void (US retail)
Gilded Abyss (EU + US Metal Blade Webstore – Ltd. 400)

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Abhorrence Track Listing:
1. Abhorrence
2. Insidious
3. A Pact Unholy
4. Ivory Tower
5. As The Light Fades
6. Savor The Suffering
7. Containment Breach
8. Rorschach
9. Psychopathy
10. Cold Dead Hands

COGNITIVE will join Party Cannon on their European Vomitour 2024 next month. Additionally, the band will support Benighted on their Canadian Infestation tour this Fall with more live dates to be announced in the weeks to come. See all confirmed dates below.

COGNITIVE w/ Party Cannon:
5/03/2024 Bambi Galore – Hamburg, DE⁠
5/05/2024 Stengade – Copenhagen, DK⁠
5/07/2024 Don‘t Panic – Essen, DE⁠
5/08/2024 MCP Apache – Charleroi, BE⁠
5/09/2024 KiFF – Aarau, CH⁠
5/10/2024 Ballonfabrik – Augsburg, DE⁠
5/12/2024 Steinbruch Theater – Darmstadt, DE⁠
5/13/2024 VEB Bandhaus – Erfurt, DE⁠
5/14/2024 Bastard Club – Osnabrück, DE⁠
5/15/2024 De Verlichte Geest – Kortrijk, BE⁠
5/16/2024 The Scrapyard – Alkmaar, NL⁠
5/17/2024 Dynamo – Eindhoven, NL⁠
5/18/2024 Willemeen – Arnhem, NL

COGNITIVE w/ Benighted:
9/22/2024 QG – Rouyn Noranda, QC
9/23/2024 Piranha Bar – Montreal, QC
9/24/2024 Rainbow Bistro – Ottawa, ON
9/26/2024 Rum Runners – London, ON
9/27/2024 Warehouse – St Catharines, ON
9/28/2024 The Back Stage – Windsor, ON
9/29/2024 Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON
9/30/2024 l’Anti – Quebec City, QC