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Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby J. Burns on Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:25 pm

Their newest alb "Slow Forever" is in my top ten of this year. Accessible without being compromised, and one of the few double LPs that doesn't outstay it's welcome.

You can stream it here:
https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.co ... ow-forever

Really its own thing, but if you can imagine a Darkthrone/High On Fire mash-up in your head that'll get you about halfway there. The kind of album Mastodon could have made if they hadn't totally wimped out several years ago.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby Pure L on Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:35 pm

Nice! Thanks, JB. Paired nicely with this morning's coffee.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby J. Burns on Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:54 pm

Still listening. One of the things I really love about this album is that they aren't trying to out-br00tal everyone. Dude doesn't need an 8-string and AxeFx to be heavy.

It really sounds like he just brought a Les Paul and a JCM 800 and maybe a fuzz pedal to the studio and just riffed his ass off.

Modern metal needs more of that.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby blackmarket on Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:26 pm

[Slow Forever] So far, so good.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby aldofarian on Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:19 am

I wanted to hate the new record but it's great. I had feared there would be an abundance of the yarrry vocals from Wunder that surfaced on Gin. The new guy does a great job.

Slow Forever is wonderfully unrepentantly brutal. I mean, what the fuck is this:



That song as well where the guitar riff slices the drums in half. Fuck me.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby Spyros on Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:45 am

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I shall go to my grave wanting that to be 'Bad Typography' he's singing.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby chad on Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:22 pm

Nice that Fell's vocals aren't going to waste after Lord Mantis imploded.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby brephophagist on Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:03 pm

Not to Steve Hoffman the place up too much, but if you were on the fence about buying this on vinyl: it's probably the best-made record I've bought in a year or more.

I wish "Siege" would've fit onto the last side, but it's still a gift.

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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby J. Burns on Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:35 pm

Really? Usually when I see "pressed by GZ Media" it makes me haz a sad.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby brephophagist on Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:52 pm

Yeah, I was surprised too after I saw the stamp. Maybe I just got a particularly good 'do. It was the black vinyl, not the colored one.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby aldofarian on Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:33 pm

I got to see them live finally on their recent jaunt to Europe. They played third on a bill under Oranssi Pazuzu (and Aluk Tolodo) with about a 25 minute set. They ripped but it felt somewhat odd that to see them open.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby aldofarian on Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:42 pm

A_Man_Who_Tries wrote:
aldofarian wrote:I got to see them live finally on their recent jaunt to Europe. They played third on a bill under Oranssi Pazuzu (and Aluk Tolodo) with about a 25 minute set. They ripped but it felt somewhat odd that to see them open.


Nice bill. Aluk Todolo are particularly great.


I always write their name wrong. They were ace. Nice stage set up with a single band powered light bulb hanging front of stage:

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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby askii on Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:48 am

Slow Forever still rules, and I still think of it as "Black Metal Tool". Seeing them live turned me off a little, though. Something distinctly un-organic or un-band-like about it. One of those rare shows that leaves me a little less stoked on the band rather than more so.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby jbar on Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:45 am

^ I think it's just Eric in the studio and composing, I believe he hires touring members.

I met him last year at a Big Biz show in Fort Collins. He high fived me when I showed him my Leonard Cohen tattoo. He also clocked a guy upside the head and bought him a drink after the show. Nice guy.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby askii on Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:49 pm

jbar wrote:^ I think it's just Eric in the studio and composing, I believe he hires touring members.

For sure. And I heard Charlie Fell on some bro podcast recently sounding somewhat aggrieved about how the whole Cobalt tour went, which he attributed to Erik's unfamiliarity with leading a touring band. Granted, Charlie Fell seems like kind of a knob (albeit not an actual Nazi like McSorley), whereas that story about Erik is great.

On the upside, now that Charlie has transferred his grievances to his new band, his old band is back together (he and the other guitarist, anyway) and working on new material. I'm down with that. Death Mask is still sick.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby askii on Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:19 pm

J. Burns wrote:Really its own thing, but if you can imagine a Darkthrone/High On Fire mash-up in your head that'll get you about halfway there.

Just Darkthrone will get you all the way there, sometimes:

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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby oZZma on Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:14 am

Not crap. I enjoyed this band. I want to relisten again when I'll be more familiar with the genre, but "Eater of birds" is clearly a record with interesting ideas.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby aldofarian on Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:37 am

oZZma wrote:Not crap. I enjoyed this band. I want to relisten again when I'll be more familiar with the genre, but "Eater of birds" is clearly a record with interesting ideas.


I'm not sure they fit with any genre comfortably. There was a really good interview with Wunder in Janaury:

https://machinemusic.net/2020/01/08/albums-of-the-decade-an-interview-with-cobalt/

It goes well beyond just discussion of Gin. They are releasing a remaster of War Metal this year. Wunder complained in older interviews about triggers he had put on the drums for that record.

Eater of Birds remains my favourite Cobalt record due to its diversity but they are all good. It is shame McSorley was such a dickhead.
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Re: Rural US Black Metal: Cobalt

Postby oZZma on Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:48 pm

aldofarian wrote:
I'm not sure they fit with any genre comfortably.


Eater of Birds remains my favourite Cobalt record due to its diversity but they are all good.

I need to catch up on the whole discography :)
I've started to listen to some black metal not long ago, I don't know much about the genre. But I went straight for the "unorthodox" and weird side 'cause I know that's where the magic happens :mrgreen:
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