Cognizance are a band from the United Kingdom that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very melodic and technical form of death metal with some touches of thrash and deathcore and this is a review of their self released 2016 ep "Illusory".
Horror movie style soundscapes and acoustic guitars start off the ep before going into more of a heavier direction while also adding a great amount of melody in the leads and riffs and after awhile death metal growls make their presence known along with the faster sections of the songs using a great amount of blast beats.
At times the music gets very technical while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the riffs also mixing in a decent amount of thrash influences and touches of deathcore can be heard in the mid tempo sections of the songs and acoustic guitars also return briefly on a later track which is also an instrumental.
Cognizance remains true to the melodic and technical style of death metal from previous releases while also having touches of thrash and deathcore, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover dark and philosophical themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Cognizance and if you are a fan of melodic and technical death metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Amputated From Actuality" and "Spectrum". 8 out of 10.