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Richmond, VA squad Cough has unleashed an oppressively heavy five-track collection of tunes entitled RITUAL ABUSE. This trio demonstrates an appreciation for all things doom with the use of deliberately suffocating tempos and cavernous riffs leading their cloudy charge (“Crooked Spine”). Clocking in at a weighty 53 minutes, this disc’s overall lumbering nature is accompanied by a slew of slow crawl riffs and ethereal vocal warbles that summon drug-induced despair from the depths of the soul (“Mind Collapse”). Juxtaposing Black Sabbath, Eyehategod, and Electric Wizard, Cough has crafted an album full of bleak atmospheres with the right amount of oddly melodic psychedelic dread permeating through thick slabs of sludgy doom.
- Mike SOS