Cogs early beginnings reach back to 1999 when guitarists Joel Patricio and Eric Perlas started writing riffs together with the intent of forming a metal band. Yagi Olaguera joined shortly after and the three began writing original material. A few months down the line, Alan Po, then drummer of funk band Wild Waters, joined the lineup upon hearing some of the songs. Bass guitar duties were then taken by oldschool rocker Richie Ramos and by summer of 2000, the basic Cog lineup was complete. The band started playing live shows in August 2000 and has since then played in different venues in and around Metro Manila.
The band's first big break arrived when they had the chance to record with Maly Andres and Angie Rozul of Tracks Studios for the No Seat Affair compilation. Of the two songs recorded for the release, Drone, a mostly instrumental piece, was graced by the saxophone playing of the bands friend and collaborator, Garon Honasan. Since then, he has formally joined the lineup and has integrated his sax playing into Cog's new material.
Shortly after the recording sessions for No Seat Affair, the band returned to the studio to track more material. Most of the songs written during those sessions can be found on the band's first EP, Contact, which was released in 2003. The band then began touring heavily to support the release while balancing day jobs and schooling at the same time. On top of that, Cog returned to the studio in early 2004 to continue writing and recording new material for their debut album. Nearly three years since their first independent EP, the band finally completed their album and has since begun supporting the release with several other shows. During this timespan, the band was also included in two other compilations namely, Pulp Summer Slam 3 and First Attempt.
After what has been almost four years of studio work and gigging, Cog continues to grow in its own unique direction. Having survived possible disbanding and lineup changes, the band has been able to maintain their original lineup and continue to challenge themselves with their material. Cog currently plays regularly for several productions in and around Metro Manila.
A L B U M S
Album1 : ConflagarationAlbum Overview Released : 2006
Label : Tower Of Doom
01 The Sacrifice Will Never Be Enough
04 Stay Intact
08 Our Feet Never Touch The Ground
09 Stabbing At The Shoulders Of Giants
14 Unbecoming Listen
Album2 : CullingAlbum Overview Released : 2009
Label : Tower Of Doom
04 This Means War
07 The Sky Is Falling
08 So Be It
09 The Onus
11 I Am The Storm
12 From These Ashes
13 Congeal Listen