4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2009
I stumbled across this band from Australia purely through the fact that they share the same record label as the mighty Oceansize. All I can say is that I can't recommend this album and the equally fantastic "The New Normal" enough. Cog produce passionate, intelligent and textured rock music with politically aware lyrics and plenty of depth to keep you revisiting each track. Although frequent comparisons are made between Cog and Tool,their sound, to my ears, isn't obviously reminiscent of the latter band (of which I am also a huge fan). What they seem to have in common with bands like Tool, Porcupine Tree, The Mars Volta and Oceansize etc. is that sense of passion and urgency to the music they produce.
If you enjoy progressive, intelligent and layered music, which is immediate enough to hook you in, but deep enough to retain your interest, I can't see how you could go wrong by spending a bit of time investigating this band's impressive output.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sharing Space is the second full-length studio album (depending on how you feel about Just Visiting) by the sadly now defunct Australian Progressive Rock band Cog. This was the band’s final record before they split up and it’s a shame that they are no longer together as they feel slightly ahead of their time and as though if they came out now they’d receive a bit more success outside of their homeland (where this deservedly reached Gold Record status).
The sound found on the album is a sort of mixture between Prog and Alternative Metal, with thoughtful, considered and slowly unfolding pieces mixing it up beside more direct, biting material.
Album highlights include the lengthy album closer (with excellent drumming) “Problem, Reaction, Solution,” and opener “No Other Way,” as well as the more instant “Are You Interested?” and “Say Your Last Goodbye.”
They are definitely a grower sort of a band, and listening to this album gets better and better the more time and concentration you put into it. There’s a surprising amount of depth and nuance in what initially seems like a fairly simplistic record. The contrast of almost Nu Metal style bounce at times with dreamy, slow-paced sections and occasional bursts of synth (“Four Walls” and “Bitter Pills”) keeps things interesting and provides an enjoyable contrast.
The Gower brother’s vocals are emotive and the lyrics are thought provoking and interesting (check out “The Town Of Lincoln”). Add into that the little touches of samples or strings (such as on the excellent “How Long?”) and a solid, clear, effects-laden production job from Sylvia Massy of Tool and System Of A Down fame, and you have a really pleasant, rewarding listen.
If you are into bands like Amplifier, Anathema or Porcupine Tree, or indeed bands like Fair To Midland, Coheed & Cambria, Cog, Rishloo, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Karnivool, The Mayan Factor, Jurojin, Dead Letter Circus or Dredg, then Cog are certainly something you may want to check out, and if you like Cog then Sharing space is an utter must-have.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2009
this album is a must have for any prog-rock fan. a undiscoverd Gem over in these parts of the world, but well worth the money you pay.
good song structures and just a real plessure to listen too, even the nine minute tracks pass bye quick.
on 25 February 2010
I like this album. As other reviewers have stated, the music is solid, multi-layered and engaging. The majority of the songs are also political and on the theme of conspiracy... sort of 'Tool' but with the added quirkiness of David Ike or Alex James thrown into the pot.
Well worth a listen and a place within the collection of any true 'progressive' fan. My personal favourite is the final track "Problem Reaction Solution".