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Cog are a modern, hard rock beast whose brand of progressive almost metal is built on churning riffs and eerie soundscapes in a manner similar to that of Tool. Appropriately, The New Normal was recorded in America with Tool's producer Sylvia Massy Shivy. Lead singer Flynn Gower, who sports a beard straight out of Dr. Seuss, sings with enough genuineness and passion to deliver political songs like "Anarchy OK" and "Resonate" without sounding trite. Some of his rhymes suffer from being a touch too obvious, as in "Silence Is Violence" and "Charades," which pairs "Adelaide" with "lemonade" and pushes a simplistic melody for a couple of minutes longer than it deserves. The rest of the album, however, has enough unexpected turns and blistering riffs to carry them through even their longer odysseys like the ten minutes of "Doors (Now and Then My Life Feels Like it's Going Nowhere)." Cog are at their best concocting these apocalyptic epics, sequels to Mad Max in song form, and will hopefully focus on them in the future.

Customer Reviews


Great solid album, enjoyable and engaging from start to finish. This is what REAL MUSIC sounds like! Not all that medicore stuff (YOU know what I'm talking about). Theres a definite TOOL influence (thats not a bad thing tho :)


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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The New Normal, Cog
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  • $16.49
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 01 January 2005

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