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Tech Death Band Cognitive Drop Video for the Brutal track "Insidious"!

Photo by Chris Hosey

Technical death metal quintet, COGNITIVE, is pleased to unleash their new video for “Insidious.” The rampaging new track comes by way of the band’s Abhorrence full-length, released May 17th on Metal Blade Records.

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

An exercise in aural turbulence, each track on Abhorrence takes its listener on a magnificently traumatic journey. “Our lyrics for this record are all over the place,” notes guitarist Rob 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.”

Comments Wharton on “Insidious,” “A finger-fancy opening soon leads to slam-heavy grooves and well-articulated vocals, with lyrics about addiction, and a chorus/breakdown that always comes back for more.”

Watch COGNITIVE’s video for “Insidious” at THIS LOCATION

Watch the band’s previously released videos for “Abhorrence” HERE and “A Pact Unholy” HERE.

COGNITIVE 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.

COGNITIVE’s Abhorrence is available 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)

Find orders at: metalblade.com/cognitive.

COGNITIVE recently announced a ten-date headlining tour in July with support from Dysentery and Atræ BilisIn September, the band will play this year’s edition of the Metal Injection Fest in Brooklyn, New York before joining Benighted on their Canadian Infestation tour. See all confirmed dates below.

COGNITIVE w/ Dysentery, Atræ Bilis:

7/18/2024 Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ

7/19/2024 Ralph's Diner - Worcester, MA

7/20/2024 Empire - Albany, NY

7/21/2024 The Shred Shed - Pittsburgh, PA

7/22/2024 E Street Pub - Richmond, IN

7/23/2024 JJs Bohemia - Chattanooga, TN

7/25/2024 The Milestone - Charlotte, NC

7/26/2024 Riffhouse Pub - Virginia Beach, VA

7/27/2024 Shamrock Inn - Baltimore, MD

7/28/2024 The Kennel at West York Inn - York, PA

End Tour

9/21/2024 Metal Injection Fest – Brooklyn, NY

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

"Between Job For A Cowboy and Cattle Decapitation, COGNITIVE are in good company with Metal Blade. The quintet from New Jersey has also developed from a relatively conventional grind/deathcore band into a fiddly extreme metal hybrid that still prefers to contrast blast beats with downtempo parts, but also allows for melodies and generally values skilled craftsmanship puts. The sound is correspondingly transparent and powerful, but not soulless." -- Rock Hard Germany

"Abhorrence radiates with confidence and vision, building upon the near-perfect blend of technical-but-still-catchy death metal and hard-hitting deathcore that they've spent their career refining to a science, but also fearlessly delving into new territory by adding a pinch of melody this time around, to great effect." -- New Noise

"I suggest this release to not only fans of the death metal genre but metal fans looking for something super heavy and technically superior. This album is definitely designed to be played at eleven." -- The Metal Pit

"COGNITIVE delivered a commanding and angry record that was impressive in its musicianship, as well as its brutality. I picture this record making a lot of Best Death Metal lists of 2024. Highly recommend the record." -- This Day In Metal

"With their fifth album, the North Americans prove their impressive musical potential and actually develop some great songs from them." -- Metal.de

"...the thing just rips and rips and rips..." -- Wonderbox Metal  


Rob Wharton – guitars

Harry Lannon – guitars

Shane Jost – vocals

Tyler Capone-Vitale – bass

AJ Viana – drums

For COGNITIVE coverage contact liz@earsplitcompound.com.










There ends the press release. As such, I wanted to mention, on a side note, that I been listening to the latest release from Cognitive, Abohorence, since the weekend. And, I just can't stop! It's heavy, brutal, and has a killer groove and is a great mix of tech death with deathcore elements. I highly recommend it. Any fellows fans of this band? Any thoughts on this single/ video? Let me know in the comments section below.


Shudder: June 2024 Highlights- "The Devil's Bath", "Exuma", and More!

 Here's what's coming to Shudder next month!




Directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz

Streaming On Shudder June 28

Available in US, CA, UKI, AU,NZ


In 1750 Austria, a deeply religious woman named Agnes has just married her beloved, but her mind and heart soon grow heavy as her life becomes a long list of chores and expectations. Day after day, she is increasingly trapped in a murky and lonely path leading to evil thoughts, until the possibility of committing a shocking act of violence seems like the only way out of her inner prison. Giving a voice to the invisible and unheard women of the rural past, THE DEVIL’S BATH is based on historical court records about a shocking, hitherto unexplored chapter of European history.




Directed by Jae-hyun Jang

Streaming On Shudder June 14

Available in US, CA


When a renowned shaman (KIM Go-Eun) and her protégé (Lee Do-hyun) are hired by a wealthy, enigmatic family, they begin investigating the cause of a disturbing supernatural illness that affects only the first-born children of each generation. With the help of a knowledgeable mortician (YOO Hai-jin) and the country’s most revered geomancer (CHOI Min-sik), they soon trace the affliction’s origin to a long-hidden family grave located on sacred ground. Sensing an ominous aura surrounding the burial site, the team opts to exhume and relocate the ancestral remains immediately. But as something much darker emerges, they soon discover what befalls those who dare to mess with the wrong grave.



The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs

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Season 6 Episodes Continue Biweekly LIVE Premieres on Shudder TV

Friday, June 7; Debuts on-demand Sunday, June 9

Friday, June 21; Debuts on-demand Sunday, June 23

 Available in US and CA 


The supersized sixth season continues with all-new episodes debuting biweekly.



Streaming On Shudder June 16

Full Series Binge Available in US



Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) stars as Dracula, arriving in London and posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He's especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night - useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: He hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan... until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.


**Repertory Titles New to Shudder** 

 June 1


Funeral Home

A young woman arrives at her grandmother’s house, which used to be a funeral home, to help her turn the place into a bed-and-breakfast inn. After they open, however, guests begin disappearing or turning up dead.


Death on the Beach

David, the disturbed son of a wealthy businesswoman, returns to his sunny beachside home to try to get over the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his boarding schoolteacher. As he tries to overcome his homosexual urges, David begins murdering all those around him who he sees as being responsible for his trauma.


Vacation of Terror

An evil witch gets burned at the stake, but not before vowing to return and get her revenge. A hundred years later a family arrived to spend their vacation at a summer home located in the same immediate countryside area where the witch was killed. Trouble ensues when little girl, Gaby finds an ugly doll that's possessed by the lethal spirit of the malevolent witch.


Vacation of Terror II

The diabolical doll and Pedro return in this sequel. Julio is invited to a birthday party for a. little girl on Halloween in a closed movie studio. At the party, he notices she has a doll that resembles the one that his little sister had.


Outing (aka The Lamp)

A group of high schoolers decide to stay in a natural museum after closing hours, but a newly acquired and mysterious lamp hiding a deadly force will turn the fun into horror.



A low budget horror filmmaker gets in touch with an eccentric who is trying to film his consciousness during drug abuse.


Dr. Caligari (1989)

The granddaughter of an infamous doctor experiments with hormone and shock therapies at her asylum for the insane.



June 3


A Lonely Place to Die

A group of mountaineers in the Scottish Highlands discover a kidnapped girl and are pursued by her captors.



An urban couple goes camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear.



A frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl awakes something in the woods when she naively performs an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother.


Hunter Hunter

Joseph and his family live in the remote wilderness as fur trappers, but their tranquility is threatened when they think they are being hunted by the return of a rogue wolf, and Joseph leaves them behind to track it.


Killing Ground

A couple’s camping trip turns into a frightening ordeal when they stumble across the scene of a horrific crime.


The Survivalist

In a time of starvation, a survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in the forest. When two women seeking food and shelter discover his farm, he finds his existence threatened.


Valhalla Rising

Forced for some time to be a fighting slave, a pagan warrior escapes his captors with a. boy and joins a group of Crusaders on their quest to the Holy Land.


The Nightingale

Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.



June 10


Night of the Bastard

After an injured woman takes refuge in a gruff recluse’s home, the two must find a way to escape from a game of bloodthirsty demonists.


Body Melt

Residents of peaceful Pebbles Court, Homesville, are being used unknowingly as test experiments for a new “Body Drug” that causes rapid body decomposition and painful death



June 15



In an ordinary abandoned house – on what could be an ordinary street – a gang of desperate criminals have found something, or has it found them?



When a woman trying to outrun her past ends up trapped between a zombie outbreak and warring militia groups, she must fight to find her way back home.


Mother, May I?

When Anya starts behaving like her fiancée’s recently deceased mother, Emmet must confront his deepest traumas to free his fiancée from this bewildering possession.



June 17


Girl on the Third Floor

Don Koch tries to renovate a rundown mansion with a sordid history for his growing family, only to learn that the house has other plans.


Houseboat Horror

When a music video shoot on the seemingly tranquil Lake Infinity turns into a smorgasbord of horror, death and blood-gushing mayhem, it can only mean one thing…ACID HEAD, a horribly scarred axe-wielding maniac with a grudge against interlopers is on the loose!


Inn of the Damned

A sheriff investigates why the guests at a local hostelry check in but never check out.



June 24


Loop Track

Ian wants to get as far away from humanity as possible and heads into the New Zealand bush, but a four-day journey turns into a fight for survival.


Night of Fear

Insane sadistic hermit stalks and captures those who get lost in his part of the woods. A young woman whose car broke down is about to find out what he does with them next.


Sons of Steel

In a futuristic Australia, a scheme to blow up the Sydney Opera House is discovered. The only way to stop it is to send an agent back in time to prevent the plotters from hatching it.




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Whitechapel to Join Lorna Shore on their North American Headlining Tour!

Photo by Stephanie Cabral

WHITECHAPEL will serve as direct support to Lorna Shore on their upcoming North American headlining tour this Fall! Produced by Live Nation, the journey begins on September 19th in Montreal, Quebec and runs through October 30th in Wallingford, Connecticut. Also joining the tour will be Kublai Khan TX and Sanguisugabogg.

Comments WHITECHAPEL guitarist Alex Wade, “We are excited to be asked to be a part of such a killer tour. Lorna is taking deathcore to heights the genre has never seen before while Kublai Khan TX and Sanguisugabogg are both having special moments in their careers right now so this tour will be something incredible. We will be unleashing a new song live on this tour so be sure to get your tickets and don’t miss this one.”

Tickets are on sale now at LiveNation.com. See all confirmed dates below.

WHITECHAPEL w/ Lorna Shore, Kublai Khan TX, Sanguisugabogg:

9/19/2024 MTELUS - Montreal, QC

9/20/2024 HISTORY - Toronto, ON

9/21/2024 UPMC Events Center - Coraopolis, PA

9/22/2024 Greensboro Special Events Center – Greensboro, NC

9/24/2024 Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL

9/25/2024 Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA

9/28/2024 The Pageant - St. Louis, MO

9/29/2024 Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK

10/02/2024 The Fillmore New Orleans - New Orleans, LA

10/03/2024 House Of Blues - Houston, TX

10/04/2024 Boeing Center At Tech Port - San Antonio, TX

10/05/2024 South Side Ballroom - Dallas, TX

10/07/2024 The Van Buren - Phoenix, AZ

10/08/2024 Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV

10/10/2024 House Of Blues - Anaheim, CA

10/11/2024 The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA

10/14/2024 Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR

10/15/2024 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC

10/17/2024 The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT

10/18/2024 Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO

10/19/2024 Steelhouse Omaha - Omaha, NE

10/20/2024 The Fillmore Minneapolis Presented By Affinity Plus - Minneapolis, MN

10/22/2024 Radius Chicago - Chicago, IL

10/23/2024 The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI

10/25/2024 The Fillmore Silver Spring - Silver Spring, MD

10/27/2024 Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY

10/28/2024 MGM Music Hall At Fenway - Boston, MA

10/29/2024 The Fillmore Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA

10/30/2024 The Dome @ Oakdale - Wallingford, CT


WHITECHAPEL released Live In The Valley early this year via Metal Blade Records. The record was captured live at the band's seventh annual Christmas Benefit Show on December 22nd, 2022 at The Mill & Mine in their hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee and features songs from the albums The Valley and Kin. The audio for Live In The Valley was recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered by WHITECHAPEL guitarist Zach Householder and serves as a chapter closer before the band begins work on their ninth studio album.

Preview and purchase WHITECHAPEL’s Live In The Valley at metalblade.com/whitechapel.


Phil Bozeman – vocals

Ben Savage – lead guitar

Alex Wade – rhythm guitar

Zach Householder – guitar

Gabe Crisp – bass

For WHITECHAPEL coverage inquiries contact liz@earsplitcompound.com.