Conceived in the fertile metal underground of Richmond, VA circa 2005, COUGH have 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 display of misanthropy. 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 album. By 2010 the band had signed to Relapse Records and returned to Chicago, IL, enlisting Parker once again to record their sophomore album, the aptly titled Ritual Abuse. That LP 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 21st-century doom metal.

After a six year hiatus, COUGH return with Still They Pray, a 65 minute acid-drenched nightmare set to music. Produced by Electric Wizard’s Jus Oborn and recorded by Oborn and Windhand’s Garrett Morris, COUGH pick up where Ritual Abuse left off, masterfully pushing their black cosmic psychedelia to the brink of despair. Still They Pray reached multiple Billboard charts including #11 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #21 on the Billboard Hardmusic Chart.

  • Psycho Las Vegas x Relapse Records 2018 Psycho Las Vegas 2018 kicks off Thursday, August 16th till August 20th and features Relapse current, alumni & affiliated bands RED FANG, INTEGRITY, S U R V I V E, PRIMITIVE MAN, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, INDIAN, COUGH, HIGH ON FIRE, BORIS, VOIVOID & GODFLESH! More info and tickets are available at
  • COUGH: Announce West Coast US Tour with Grime Virginia’s COUGH announce a late Spring, West Coast US tour with Italy’s Grime. The tour begins May 11 in Los Angeles, CA and ends May 17 in Seattle, WA. A full list of confirmed tour dates is available below. COUGH’s latest album Still They Pray is out now via Relapse Records on CD/2xLP/Digital. Physical orders and ...
  • Psycho Las Vegas 2017 Starts Next Week Time is running out to get your passes to Psycho Las Vegas. A limited amount of 3 day passes remain and single day tickets for Friday and Sunday are still available. Saturday single day passes and the pre-parties on Thursday at Vinyl and the Paradise Pool are sold out! Tickets can be purchased at this link: ...
  • COUGH Announce EU Tour Dates With Elder Fresh off the release of their highly-acclaimed new record Still They Pray, Richmond stoner/doom veterans COUGH have announced a European tour with contemporaries Elder set to begin this coming October. The band will be performing throughout Western Europe and the UK, including appearances at Up In Smoke Festival in Switzerland and Desertfest in Belgium. The band will also ...
  • COUGH Announce US Tour Dates & Festival Appearances Richmond stoner/doom veterans COUGH have announced a new run of upcoming US tour dates and festival appearances! The band will be performing select dates in Texas, Philly, Brooklyn, Long Beach and more in addition to appearances at numerous American and European festivals this fall. Check out a full list of dates below. COUGH Live: July 15 San Antonio, TX ...