Erik Wunder and Phil McSorley part ways; Cobalt to release new album in 2015

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Erik Wunder and Phil McSorley, the duo behind ferocious American metal band Cobalt, have parted ways. The band is to continue under the direction of Wunder, and will be recording the band’s new full length, Slow Forever, in June of 2015. Wunder announced the split via the band’s Facebook page early this morning.

“It is with great sadness that I have to announce the following: I will be moving forward with Cobalt without my brother Phil. His recent activities have made it impossible for the two of us to continue on a creative path. We started Cobalt 12 years ago, and our music has carried us through many storms. I am extremely proud of what we have done. But our ideals no longer match, and it is time to keep going. I’ve been working rigorously on the material for ‘Slow Forever’, and I am set to enter the studio in June 2015 to begin tracking. The loss of Phil is a devastating blow, but I can’t let what has happened stop me from completing my work. I am still unclear as to who will be doing the vocals on the album. I have some people in mind. Or I may do them myself. We’ll see. But it is ultimately sad to lose Phil’s relentless presence and savage force. More will be posted as it develops. Thank you to everyone who has supported Cobalt over the years and continues to support the band.

Erik W.”

The decision to go separate ways is not at all surprising. McSorley, the former vocalist of Cobalt and current force behind the raw black metal band Recluse, employed some colorful hate slurs while accusing a prominent metal journalist of trying to build a “USBM friendship scene,” and bringing a “liberal agenda” of political correctness and social awareness into metal.

Erik Wunder, who plays all instruments in Cobalt and is the mastermind behind the dark acoustic/folk band Man’s Gin, quickly responded, stating that McSorley’s opinions did not represent Cobalt.

After an exciting and hopeful 2013, which saw Cobalt announce a new album and conduct a mini-tour of the United States (including an appearance at that year’s Maryland Deathfest), 2014 has been a rollercoaster year for the band. On March 17th, 2014, McSorley announced via the band’s Facebook page that he was leaving Cobalt:

“I have decided to quit Cobalt. I am grateful for what Cobalt started from, and the impressive amount of people affected by its music. I still feel a connection with the work we did, but I no longer feel that I am a part of its vision. Cobalt started with Erik and I making angry and heartfelt music, that later moved into more expressive music. It held a ton of symbology [sic] to my life, and for its help in making me who I am I am grateful. I will continue to make music on my own terms, but for me Cobalt is best left where it is. Thanks to all for the years of friendship and support. If Erik continues to create under the name Cobalt I support his decision. He was always a genius anyway.”

However, within the next two months, the duo decided to resume work with Cobalt in order to see the new album through to completion. SOURCE

Cobalt are currently signed to Canada’s Profound Lore. With the recording of the album scheduled for June of next year, we can likely expect Slow Forever to drop some time in Q4 of 2015. Slow Forever will be the band’s 4th full length, and the first since 2009’s incredible opus, Gin. In the meantime, jam out to a track from 2007’s Eater of Birds.

 

Many thanks to fellow Toileters MoshOff and 365 Days of Horror for their help!

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Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post included personal information that has since been removed.

  • VVorld Peace

    McSorely is a turd.

  • Gvrp

    SUCK IT, RECLUSE

    • W/E UR NOT MY REAL BFF NEWAYZ. I DON’T NEED FRIENDZ. H8 U.
      -Recluse

      • Gvrp

        Phil McSorelyneedsatherapist
        Phil McSorelyneedsahug
        Phil McSorelyneedstogetajob
        Phil McSorelyneedstoleavehismomsbasement

  • Gvrp

    Is Cobalt actually good? I like the sound of that embedded song…

    • yes, yes they were. it may now be difficult to enjoy their music knowing these things tho…

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Phil’s out so shouldn’t be a problem for the rest of you either if you like the band?

        • i’ll definitely give the new album a shot. and it’s not a thing of principle for me… every time i hear Cobalt from now on i’m not sure if i can separate these stories from my enjoyment of the music.

          • I’ve contemplated all this. Cobalt owes it’s entire sound to Eric’s musicianship. I will be happy to continue to support Cobalt with Phil out of the picture.

          • well said SMOHLGALLOCH!

      • Evan Clutson

        Oh give me a fucking break.

        Metal is full to the brim with “problematic” themes

        You can enjoy music without subscribing to the political or social views of the band or its members.

        See: Peste Noire

        • hi Evan. i’m not giving you shit.
          welcome to blah blah whatever.
          i don’t have to subscribe to anything, maybe check my comment a few inches above. this isn’t about principle. this is about hearing music and knowing in my head that the fvcker’s a douchebag. i don’t care if it’s PTSD or not, put a lid on the bigotry.
          Evan Clutson <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    • Howard Dean

      Yeah, they are actually really solid. Eater of Birds and Gin are the two albums you want to check out (their debut, War Metal, is neither good nor war metal).

      • Gvrp

        “War Metal” ahuehuehuehuehue
        Thanks, HD!

        • Paulie Gualtieri

          your brazilian douchbag is showing.

          • Gurrp

            Shit, thought I had that tucked away.

          • Malted Hate

            ahhhueheuehehewuhehehehewuwuwuwhhihihihijo~snlsenvq

  • KJM

    Internet Tough Guys are lower than whale shit.

  • IronLawnmower

    Hilarious. Recluse hate wanking over kim kelly.

    • CT-12

      Is there a link to that or something? I looked it up on google (figured it was GrimKim cuz black metal) but couldn’t find any info on any feud.

  • KJM
  • #goodluckmovingthosepooltables

  • KJM

    Isn’t this the same toolbag who released a cassette-only EP and yelled at people who complained about their orders being late?

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Yap.

    • yes. the embedded link “Recluse” goes to that page…

    • IronLawnmower

      Yes covered in blood with an attached razor blade.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    First time lisning to Cobalt, this be actually some good styyf.

  • This guy should form a band with Blake Judd.

    • IronLawnmower

      and that guy from Lust.

    • Between The Buried & Smee

      Varg produces.

  • Black metal?? Nah, HATE METAL!!!!!11 BYWAAAAAAAAH

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

    Fuck Phil McSorely.

    • IronLawnmower

      Gently.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

        No. Fuck him with a giant cactus.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Ruff! He needs no romanticizing!

  • KJM

    Check your Twitter. Somebody’s getting mad about their tweets being posted without approval.

  • KJM

    I just unfollowed all the metal accounts on Twitter who aren’t actual bands. I don’t need this crap on my timeline.

    • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

      if you are on twitter and aren’t following Giorgio Tsoukalos, you’re doing it wrong

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    clintons did 911

    • VVorld Peace

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzz, old pal, are you tired?

      • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

        sometimes minimalism can be used to express oneself most fluidly in poetry, dubs.

        • Stockhausen

          A minimalist poem by Stockhausen:
          “Butts.

          Hahahahahahahahaha, butt.”

    • KJM

      Bill Clinton did 311.

      • Our greatest leader…responsible for our greatest tragedy. Summer of 2015, David Icke presents…The Biggest Secret.

    • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

      Goats did 911. Not me though I don’t do that

    • Howard Dean

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz is a corrupt Illuminati shill. He works as a fluffer at Bohemian Grove, and that is why he’s been so lazy with his conspiracy theories lately.

      • ~zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzfacts~

        • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

          both of yall can go suck each other off at the oprah winfrey channel headquarters–

          10-10-01
          agents caught with bombs and fake pakistani passports–trying to destroy the mexican national parliament—

          arrested by mexican police—reported worldwide—except on ALL pro u.n. media (cnn reported it for half a day—then pulled it)

          documented—–shit on the fake agenda 21 world war

          • files.abovetopsecret.com/images/member/eb3fbfd7bbea.jpg

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS
          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            911 truth movement—keeps on going

            seen millions of shills—fucked up national events—and the death of alot of heavenly shining light type folks

            you cant fuck with the truth—-it dont matter how many pictures of aliens–or whatever shitty wannabe lawyer bullshit
            —-
            10-10-01——worldwide——-a key to knowledge
            00
            caught in the act——-pro mideast war false flag attack—-at the congress building of mexico
            ——–
            people sometimes talk about the “loose change” movies—-we were there online while they were making those

            there was a huge fight—and the first rift in the 911 truth movement–cuz they wouldnt put this smoking gun in the loose change movies—cuz they had to protect the clintons’

            thats when everybody started ditching them

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      lolbuttz did 911

    • JWG

      Ancient Egyptians did 9/11.

      The Clintons built the pyramids.

      Aliens control the UN.

      The Day The Earth Stood Still is a historical documentary. The Keanu one is still crap though.

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

    Friendship is magic. Where would Black Metal be without the wonderous rollercoaster of friendship?

    • Guacamole Jim

      It would be Mayhem!!

      ROFLMAO

    • Miguel Serra

      that reminded me of the Immortal feud history. Awww, they wanted lawyers in that Real RPG Forest games 😀

      • Gurrp

        Immortal had a feud? Do tell!

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

    Don’t do discussions on twitter. You can’t present a good argument with a reasonable explanation in 140 characters. Twitter is only good for cat pictures.

    • Lacertilian

      But ‘Fuck Off & Die’ is only 14 characters?

  • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

    This dude doesn’t even Varg right.

  • I am a-ok with this. Wunder is a beast and seems like a good dude.

    • huh, wouldn’t have taken you for a Cobalt fan

      • VVorld Peace

        Nobody puts baby in a corner.

      • When all the Recluse shit started to happen I thought I was going to be changing my avatar for the first time ever O_o
        ‘Gin’ remains an important album to me though, and again, I’m happy to support Wunder

  • Stockhausen

    McSorebutt.

  • My vest, my vest, my lovely jean vest.
    Your vest, we flush, it’s all for the best.
    Your chest, so plush, your van, commence quest.
    Questing, besting, card playing. Buttz.

    GL

    • Howard Dean

      George Lynch, life without you would be dim, my friend.

  • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

    Does anyone else find McSorley’s wearing the Mjollnir necklace disgraceful?

    • I’m more offended by those stupid fucking sideburn/chinstrap hybrid things on the side of his fucking face.

      • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

        I’ve given up on criticizing the modern male’s declining ability to grow hair/facial hair.

      • old_man_doom

        That’s Wunder.

        • Wunder ist kewl guy, but those sideburns hurt me deeply.

  • Edward #negrod4eva

    The return of HD >>>>>>>>>>

    • Howard Dean

      Thanks, Edward/NegroD.

      Apparently, controversy follows me. Goddamn.

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        It would certainly appear that way, haha. I wouldn’t sweat this a bit though.

      • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

        Did i miss something?

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          No, you are up to speed it seems.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            wtf, now i’m even more confused

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            HD was just referring to the live editing of this story as he is the author.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            ah, gotcha. now i’m up to speed.

            its all your fault, Howard. this is why we can’t have nice things/the atlas moth

          • i really want to change my name, eddie boy…

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            What do you want to change it to?

          • something funny. but remember you dared me three weeks of no name change!

          • We would just hold a vote to have you change it back!!

            GL

          • that WAS funny GL. memories.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            JJM I don’t think that was me lol

          • okay now i go through your Disqus history, which will take forever cause you’re a chatty kathy…

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Is McSorley really that pissed off about people being friends? That seems like a bizarre mind set to me.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      I’m not a psychiatrist, but I’m fairly certain dude is pretty out to lunch. Either that, or it is all just an act but I am leaning towards my first suggestion strongly.

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        I think someone in the comments here claimed that he has PTSD when the Recluse silliness came out, but I’m not sure its something anyone can know.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          I read an interview with Erik Wunder where he said their music was on hold because McSorley was on active duty and actually in combat situations.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            I don’t even want to imagine how harsh combat situations can get so I do have some respect for the guy. Hope he’s getting treatment if he needs it.

          • old_man_doom

            I definitely agree that what he’s done is fucked and unacceptable, but I’d rather hear people ask what’s wrong with him instead of just writing him off immediately. Even though we’re anons on the internet and have a platform to say what-the-fuck-ever, I think there should be some caution about claiming “PTSD” or anything like that. I don’t think it’s an act, but I’ve definitely lost some respect for the guy.

        • Evan Clutson

          I was the one that said that.

          He used to post about his PTSD problems on his personal Facebook before he completely went off the deep end and wiped everything.

    • he would DESPISE the Toilet!

      • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

        in case McSucky reads this:

        you are a scurb, fake white supremacist

      • EVERYONE IS FRIENDZ 4 EVA. He’s just jelly of all this broing.

        • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

          You coulda just edited out the twitter/fb names, Joe. This post lost a lot of its context.

          • Its not ideal but I have my reasons.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            journalism is a fickle mistress, eh?

          • Things certainly get complicated.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            the undertone here being that one of the aforementioned parties contacted you asking to have something taken down. this is common to almost all interweb stuff nowadays.

          • are they uncomplicated now?

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        I could maybe understand if he were warning against the scene stagnating into a sort of old schoolboys club and no one actually making good music, but I feel like he’s just spluttering childish rage-froth.

  • when is all this feelings rubbish going to stop so I can get back to headbanging to riffs?

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