Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

Mare Cognitum is a black metal band with sole member Jacob Buczarski. The project started in 2011 and location is Santa Ana, California.

Phobos Monolith EP released on November third 2014 through I, Voidhanger Records. Very good production. Dominant drums with some of the best bass kick drums I have heard in a while. Clear and distinct toms and cymbals. Great distortion on the guitars. Good bass tone with a strong resonance. Vocals are good but could be louder in some spots, just a minor observation. 

This release consist of four songs. Each one is long and full of artmosphere. The black metal roots are evident from the opening track. There is a lot of drama and build up before the body and structure of the composition come into my ears. The song Weaving The Thread of Transcendence lures you in with a clean strumming guitar that easily sticks in my mind. Think of it a long distant journey through winter night. The build up is steady and worth the wait. If you made half way into this song then you can truly appreciate the scope of musicianship being projected. The ending guitar interlude is epic and catchy. Entropic Hallucinations comes in much faster with grinding drum attack and reminds me of old Dimmu Borgir or Emperor. Noumenon, haunting eerie keyboards, a much slower pace for this track. I enjoyed the drum fills and rolls, it gives the track more depth. The final composition is Ephemeral Eternities, in contrast to the other three songs, I hear some low death metal style vocals on this one and those are blended with some highs perfectly.

In conclusion, a great release, excellent production and well composed music. A sonic journey full of exploration and dark atmosphere. I recommended for fans of Darkthrone, Bathory, Marduk and Dissection. ~Artemortifica

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