Cobalt are a duo based in Colorado that has had an album reviewed before by this zine and plays a progressive form of black metal on this recording and this is a review of their 2016 album "Slow Forever" which was released by Profound Lore.
Clean yet distorted guitar playing starts off the album and it also gives the music more of a desert feeling and after awhile the music starts going into more of a heavier direction along with some high pitched black metal screams and some of the riffing also adds in a touch of radio rock while being a lot more heavier.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording and some of the tracks are also all instrumental while some songs also show the vocals utilizing aggressive post metal style shouts and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion and as the album progresses a brief use of acoustic guitars can be heard while some of the riffing also starts incorporating more melodies. and when the music finally speeds up it brings in a Norwegian black'n'roll vibe as well as a small amount of blast beats and the riffs also start bringing in more tremolo picking which also gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling and there is also a brief use of spoken word samples and the last track also brings in melodic chants
Cobalr creates a recording that retains a great amount of their black metal roots while also incorporating more progressive and post metal influences as well as a very heavy Tool influence to create something very different, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark and philosophical themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Cobalt and if you are a fan of progressive and post black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hunt the Buffalo" "Beast Whip" "Elephant Graveyard" and "Slow Forever". 8 out of 10.