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Specializing in a brand of metal that they like to call "extreme war metal," the Colorado-based two-man band Cobalt merge moody, mid-paced riffery with death metal screams, as evidenced throughout their 2009 offering, Gin. A simply punishing and sonically dense release from front to back, Gin is one fierce beast — which manages to do so without bowing down to your run-of-the-mill extreme metal tricks. As the Cobalt chaps prove throughout — especially on such ditties as "Arsonry" and "Stomach" — you don't have to have the speedometer cranked all the way to the top to get your point across if you're an extreme metal act. Also included are two tracks on which former Swans singer Jarboe drops by — "A Clean, Well Lighted Place" and "Pregnant Insect." With most extreme metal bands adhering to the same game plan nowadays, it's good to hear a group attempting to put its own stamp on the genre, and as evidenced by Gin, Cobalt are one of the few bands brave enough to do so.

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I Drink My Giiiiiiiiiiiiiin!

Incredibley composed Black Metal that is greatly produced. For the love of god BUY THIS ALBUM!


Genre: Rock

American black metal band Cobalt hails from Greeley, CO and came into existence when vocalist and guitarist Phil McSorley partnered up with guitarist/bassist/drummer Erik Wunder in 2002, then abandoned his former moniker of Grimness Enshroud, after just one demo recording. The newly renamed duo members began their collaboration by pooling together their shared infatuation with hostile sounds into 2003's Hammerfight EP and, later, 2005's descriptively named War Metal album -- both of which were brimming...
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