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Album Review

The second album by Australian alternative metal outfit Cog downplays the heavy Tool and System of a Down influence of 2005's The New Normal in favor of a varied and dynamic take on heavy rock that allows the band's own musical personality to develop. The trio are still capable of sounding very much like their key influences — note the herky-jerky stomp of "The Movie's Over" — but throughout Sharing Space, singer and guitarist Flynn Gower, bassist Luke Gower, and drummer Lucius Borich expand the parameters of their sound to include Pearl Jam style angst rock ("Bird of Feather"), slow builds to eventual explosions ("Bitter Pills"), and even potential radio fodder ("Say Your Last Goodbye" and first single "What If"). The core of the trio's alternative metal sound remains in place, thanks in part to Sylvia Massy's clean but assertive sounding production, keeping Sharing Space from sounding scattershot or losing what fans of the first album had liked. But Cog smartly build on their strengths here. (Some international versions of the album include a bonus track, an unexpected dance music reworking of "Bird of Feather" that works surprisingly well in the entirely different genre.) [A limited-edition version of the CD was also released.]

Customer Reviews


Top album, abit more refined & concise than their last album, the live songs are awesome! This is REAL MUSIC. Too few bands nowdays have their own identity/energy & are representing intelligence & any higher ideals, re: Cog, TOOL, A Perfect Circle, NIN, etc. Very few albums are a journey, exciting, unpredictable and balanced (equaly soft/heavy songs/sections). This is one of those albums, do yourself a favour and treat yourself to Cog. We all need to support bands like Cog otherwise all the medicore stuff will just take over; there are only so many spaces in a music shop...

'Cog' are awesome, top music, top guys, thanks. My fav- 'problem, reaction, solution'.

'Cog' are awesome, top music, top guys, thanks. My fav- 'problem, reaction, solution'.


Cog are easily my favourite band. I didn't warm to this album quite as fast as New Normal, but I think it is actually better. The components of the songs are sometimes not as complex, but the sum of its parts is quite a musical journey. And then I saw them perform it live.... I'm in a state of shock at every gig. Too good. Just beautiful.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Often compared stylistically to bands such as Tool, System of a Down, and Helmet, Cog are a progressive rock band from Sydney, Australia, with heavy metal leanings. The band was formed in 1998 by former schoolmates Flynn Gower (vocals, guitar) and Lucius Borich (drums), who had previously played together in the Hanging Tree, a late-'90s stoner rock band. Shortly after forming and writing some initial material, the two incorporated Luke Gower, the brother of Flynn, to play bass. Now a trio, Cog proceeded...
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Sharing Space (Festival Edition), Cog
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 01 January 2008

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