“Let It Bleed” can be heard now at THIS LOCATION.
Still They Pray is set for release via Relapse Records on CD, 2xLP, and digitally June 3rd. Physical preorders and bundle deals are available via Relapse.com HERE, and digital copies can be preordered through COUGH’s Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.
COUGH will play a special record release show June 3rd in Richmond with additional live abrasions to be announced soon.
6/03/2016 Hardywood Park Craft Brewery – Richmond, VA w/ Tasha Yar, Forest Of Legend.
Conceived in the fertile metal underground of Richmond, Virginia circa 2005, COUGH has sought to be the heaviest band ever since their inception. The band takes inspiration from the most savage aspects of extreme music, from crushing doom metal and grimy sludge to early black metal. After the independent 2007 release of their first EP, The Kingdom, COUGH quickly put out their first proper full-length, Sigillum Luciferi (Forcefield Records, 2008). Recorded with acclaimed producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Rwake, Pelican, Nachtmystium), Sigillum Luciferi was an ugly, agonizing set of misanthropy set to music. Slight bits of psychedelia wormed into the massive riffs and wove their way throughout the band’s inhuman screams, making the record one of the most impressive pieces of doom metal to emerge from North America in quite some time.
Between hospital visits and bouts of near-insanity, COUGH slowly labored forward with the writing of their follow-up full-length. The band had signed to Relapse Records and returned to Chicago, Illinois enlisting Parker once again to record their sophomore album. That LP, their aptly-titled Relapse debut Ritual Abuse, delivered thoroughly massive, psychedelic doom via five epic tracks of impenetrable walls of sludge. Ritual Abuse caught the attention of publications including Stereogum, Metal Injection, Decibel Magazine, and more, and was widely hailed as one of the finest moments of twenty-first-century doom metal.
Upon the release of Ritual Abuse, the band embarked on two epic North American and European tours, staying on the road for more than four months per region. Peddling their doom filth across the U.S. with Buzzov*en and Weedeater and later embarking on their first trip to Australia, the band finally settled back home again. After a five-year hiatus, COUGH returns with their latest offering Still They Pray. Just like the sleeping shoggoths of R’lyeh, sometimes the beast lies but it never dies.
“Still They Pray…makes a strong case for [COUGH] as the best straight-ahead stoner sludge band in the game today.” – Stereogum
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