COUGH Premiere New Song “Dead Among The Roses” via Stereogum
Richmond doom quartet COUGH have shared a second new song from their forthcoming full-length Still The Pray (out June 3), their first full-length in over five years! The crushing 11-minute-long “Dead Among The Roses” has just premiered via Stereogum. Writer Doug Moore commented on the track,
“Still They Pray, Cough’s upcoming third LP and first full-length release since 2010, makes a strong case for them as the best straight-ahead stoner sludge band in the game today.”
Hear “Dead Among The Roses” now at this location.
The first new track “The Wounding Hours” can also be streamed now via YouTube:
Still They Pray is set for release via Relapse Records on CD/2xLP/Digital this coming June 3. Physical pre-orders and bundle deals are available via Relapse.com here, and digital copies can be pre-ordered through COUGH‘s Bandcamp page at this location.
COUGH will also be performing at Hardywood in Richmond, VA this June 3 alongside Tasha Yar and Forest of Legend for the Still The Pray release show.
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 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 Ritual Abuse. The band had signed to Relapse Records and returned to Chicago, IL, 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 21st-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 5 year hiatus, COUGH return with their latest offering Still They Pray. Just like the sleeping shoggoths of R’lyeh, sometimes the beast lies but it never dies.
David Cisco – Guitars, Vocals
Parker Chandler – Bass, Vocals
Joey Arcaro – Drums
Brandon Marcey – Guitars