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Slow Forever [Digipak]
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Album: Slow Forever [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hunt the Buffalo
2)    Animal Law
3)    Ruiner
4)    Beast Whip
5)    King Rust
6)    Breath
7)    Cold Breaker
1)    Elephant Graveyard
2)    Final Will
3)    Iconoclast
4)    Slow Forever
5)    [Untitled]
 
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Performer Notes
  • Audio Mixer: Dave Otero .
  • Recording information: Flatline Audio, Denver, CO (06/2015-09/2015).
  • Photographer: Jimmy Hubbard.
  • The first new set of music from the Erik Wunder-led extreme metal group in nearly seven years, Slow Forever arrives after a long period of upheaval and transition for Cobalt that ended with the forced departure of controversy-inciting vocalist Phil McSorley. Released in 2009, Gin found its way onto nearly everybody's year-end metal lists, and rightly so, but fans looking for another blast furnace-forged set of grindcore-infused American black metal will need to recalibrate their earholes, as Slow Forever is a much different -- though no less toast-worthy -- beast. An unwieldy mix of post-hardcore, post-grunge, hard rock, punk, prog, folk, and yes, black metal, the mammoth two-disc set exists in its own dark universe, red with rage and spinning out of control in every direction. New vocalist and ex-Lord Mantis front man Charlie Fell is a far more dynamic screamer than McSorley, and his feral and elastic wail suits Wunder's newly expansive composition style. Lurid opener "Hunt the Buffalo" starts off as a doomy midtempo flannel rocker before exploding into a double kick drum-peppered slab of blackened groove metal -- think Alice in Chains meets Kvelertak. Elsewhere, instrumental "Animal Law" -- there are a few of these lyricless outliers, all different -- is propelled by a tight martial beat before segueing into the ferocious, thrash-kissed "Ruiner"; the epics "King Rust" and "Final Will" flirt with goth and prog rock without relinquishing any of their caustic metal bite; and hidden closing track "Siege" tears the whole thing down via a relentless bit of face melting that manages to evoke Killing Joke, Exploited, Swans, and Agalloch in a pit fight. The through line for all of this is pure unadulterated aggression, and that adherence to sonic apoplexy helps to temper some of the whiplash-inducing genre turns that unfold throughout Slow Forever's over 80-minute running time. It's ambitious, for sure. That there isn't a single moment that's not compelling is the real victory. ~ James Christopher Monger
Professional Reviews
Spin - "SLOW FOREVER sees Wunder's Tool obsession bloom, never resorting to blast beats, but harnessing Danny Carey's inability to sit still, thus never letting down on the intensity."

Pitchfork (Website) - "After replacing their lead singer, the reborn metal duo Cobalt make their best-ever record, as accessible as it is aggressive, with magnetic hooks, shout-along mantras, and sparkling riffs."
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