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This review is from: Ritual Abuse (Audio CD)
The title for this review, I feel, is pretty apt. Imagine the stretched tempo, drone style of Burning Witch with the more groove orientated doom of Electric Wizard and its pretty close to what you get with Cough. Throw in a bit of Eyehategod and your pretty much there. Seeing as I'm a fan of these and other doom style bands, 'Ritual Abuse' is pretty much on the money. I would put this up there with 'Satan Worshipping Doom' by Bongripper and 'All the waters of the earth turn to blood' by The Body as my pick of the top doom stuff from last year.
Where as Bongripper experiment more within the basic confines of doom and stoner riffs (with a bit of black metal) and The Body experiment with electronics/noise loops & choirs, Cough sticks to a more basic template of stretched riffs, fuzzed out distorton and slow, lugubrious drumming. Its a criticism levelled at a lot of band in the genre, not pushing it forward and taking too much from its influences but thats the nature of the beast. And really when it's done the way this lot do it, it's irrelevant how original they come across. The vocals sound like Jus Oborn in parts and a more black metal scream in others & the solo's rip with a warm tone & style furthering the band's sound. Production is by the sound maestro sandford parker and is crisp & clear while stll retaining warmth, it actually sounds almost like vinyl. The artwork fits nicely too. Relapse records wins again.
Cough pulls you down with negative-vibe evil, coveing you in waves of thick tar distortion. They even shed a glimpse of light on 'Crooked Spine'. Pick of the tracks goes to 'A year in Suffering' which has a ridiculously catchy chorus.
I would say if you like any of this sort of zoned out misery, check out the other two mentioned albums if you've not already, along with Coffinworms 'When all Became none' which is seriously blackened sludge brutality. Hails!
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2011 11:45:56 BDT
Thank you for alerting me to The Body, Bongripper and Coffinworm, all of whom had passed me by!
Posted on 26 Aug 2011 17:46:41 BDT
Ms. L. J. Braisby says:
Awesome review, thanks!
You also alerted me about The Body, Bongripper and Coffinworm, so cheers for that as well dude!
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