Album 0221: Cobalt – Gin


Release Date: 2009
Genre: Black Metal


1. Gin (07:24)
2. Dry Body (08:54)
3. Arsonry (05:46)
4. Throat (01:58)
5. Stomach (06:44)
6. A Clean, Well-Lighted Place (03:40)
7. Pregnant Insect (06:02)
8. Two-Thumbed Fist (09:57)
9. The Old Man Who Lied His Entire Life (02:07)
10. A Starved Horror (05:13)
11. Stew Craven (04:34)

Total Length: 01:02:20

Gin starts off a bit oddly, some of the rhythms don’t match which is odd, but once the really heavy stuff starts going this is a very cool song. The melodies are good, and the vocals work well. Dry Body has an intro that works better for me, very Om-ish, and that feeling kind of continues throughout the track. It’s very neat. Arsonry is more black metal goodness. Actually kind of nice to relax to. Throat is sort of an interlude, but a really cool one that leads directly from the end of the last track, while working as an intro for the next.

Stomach has some fantastic riffs and is highly enjoyable. A Clean, Well-Lighted Place is a cool, shorter track. Full of nice riffs but it kind of passes by before you realize it. Pregnant Insect is probably the fastest track on here, which is pretty cool. It’s like a sharp dose of early 90s black metal suddenly. Two-Thumbed Fist is a big track, and there’s a lot going on, but I don’t quite enjoy it as much as some of the other tracks.

The Old Man Who Lied His Entire Life is a nice interlude, I enjoy it just being a kind of rambling on a guitar. A Starved Horror has some really neat guitar usage as well, it’s a great end to the album. Stew Craven is a hidden track to completely cap off the album. It’s the sounds of a chain gang singing, and it does fit the tone of the album. This is a really cool album that took a few spins to get into, and there are some things about the overall atmosphere that is still tough for me to swallow, but the rest of the album makes up for it.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

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