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3.55 | 9 ratings | 2 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Gin (7:24)
2. Dry Body (8:54)
3. Arsonry (5:48)
4. Throat (1:58)
5. Stomach (6:44)
6. A Clean Well-Lighted Place (3:40)
7. Pregnant Insect (6:02)
8. Two-Thumbed Fist (9:57)
9. The Old Man Who Lied for His Entire Life (2:07)
10. A Starved Horror (5:12)

Total playing time 1:02:17

Line-up / Musicians

Erik Wunder / drums, vocals, bass, guitar
Phil McSorley / vocals, guitar

Releases information

Released by Profound Lore Records, 2009.

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COBALT Gin ratings distribution

(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(67%)
Good, but non-essential (11%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
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Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Gin" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US, Colorado based post black metal act Cobalt. "Gin" was released through Profound Lore Records in March 2009. The preceeding studio album "Eater of Birds (2007)" showed great promise and although the 2008 "Landfill Breastmilk Beast" EP left me rather disappointed (as a consequence of the inclusion of a nearly 30 minutes long ambient track), Iīve still been waiting for the release of "Gin" with great expectations.

The music on "Gin" fortunately continues down the post black metal path of "Eater of Birds" and develops that style further. There are still loads of raw black metal parts and caustic raspy vocals on the album but the post metal elements that were already a part of the soundscape on "Eater of Birds" have become even more prominent on "Gin". A track like "Dry Body" fully embraces post metal. It contains chanting vocals and tribal drumming. There are many great features on this album like the high compositional quality and excellent sounding production, but the thing the impress me the most about "Gin" is actually the drumming by Erik Wunder. He is such a skilled drummer and his busy drumming keeps the tracks exciting throughout. Cobalt is a two-piece act so in addition to handling the drumming in superior style Erik Wunder also handles vocals, bass and guitar. His companion Phil McSorley handles vocals and guitar. Jarboe (Swans) guests on a couple of tracks too.

So all in all "Gin" is another great post black metal release by Cobalt but like the case was with "Eater of Birds (2007)" I still donīt think "Gin" deserves a full 4 star (80%) rating. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating will do for now. No matter what the rating is "Gin" is a great album and the combination of post metal and black metal works really well for the band and provides them with a unique sound.

Review by Conor Fynes
3 stars 'Gin' - Cobalt (6/10)

Ever wonder what Tool would sound like if they were black metal? No? Me neither, but in any case, Colorado black metal duo Cobalt appears to answer that question for us. A band that has received quite a bit of fanfare within the metal underground, I discovered Cobalt through their record label Profound Lore; a company that has hosted some of my favourite contemporary metal acts. There is no denying that the band has received some huge acclaim for their so-called unique sound in black metal, but after having experienced their third album 'Gin', I find myself somewhat disappointed. Although a good album by all accounts, it has not been such a revelation of extreme metal as it was made out to be.

Although certainly rooted first and foremost within the realm of black metal, there is more in 'Gin' going on than mere tremolo picking and blastbeats. Instead, black metal is only the foundation, and here is where I can see why Cobalt may have received the accolades it did for the record. Although not a unique sound for metal necessarily, it does do something special for black metal in particular, resting on some meeting point of black, sludge, and groove metal. The end result is something that sounds very much like Tool, so if you are into that band and the rawer variety of black metal, Cobalt will be a gold mine.

Most of the songs feature typical black metal rasps, as well as sludgy riffs and some excellent drumwork from Erik Wunder. The duo does get the concept of a groove down well, but once again, things do sound a little too deja-vu regarding the Tool comparison. The greatest tracks here may be the first two, of which the second 'Dry Body' seeks to completely absolve the black leanings for a track that one wouldn't find out of place on an Isis album. At over an hour in length, these same tricks that Cobalt keep pulling out throughout the course of the record can wear tiresome, but the atmosphere and sludgy goodness is always kept in check.

A good album, although I do not believe that it is a record that is quite as original or spectacular as the hype made it out to be.

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