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Cough : Sigilum Luciferi

I was sitting in the library listening to my last.fm when an old black man with gnarled hands and salt-and-pepper hair tapped my shoulder. I didn’t know the man but immediately he began whispering to me in a deep and raspy voice about committing a bank robbery. He was watching a video of one on the computer next to me and was telling me whether or not he would do it. I decided he was crazy and put my headphones back on. ‘Killing Fields’ by Cough came on.

This was months ago. It was the first I’d heard from Cough, and I immediately researched them and bought ‘Sigillum Luciferi.’ The artwork and insert reflect the mood of the songs. Opening it up, you are greeted by four women, all kneeling, wearing black pendants on their chest… excuse me—wearing only black pendants on their chest. The naked women are arranged as if in a ritual position, praying and looking up. Above them hovers the silver logo of Cough.

Fans of Eyehategod and Grief alike will dig Cough. Their songs are long and their riffs are heavy and minimalist with a touch of stoner-rock. The vocals are heavily distorted with the reverb on max and resemble Mike Williams or Jus Oborn of Electric Wizard. The bass is fuzzy and the guitarists feedback for minutes before even putting pick to strings. Cough plays well as a band, allowing songs to build up so you get excited for when it kicks in, and also letting the songs progressing naturally without sudden changes.

Key tracks are ‘Killing Fields,’ ‘Northern Plague’—a blistering song about suicide, and ‘Lyssavirus,’ a gritty song with massive feedback. Two and a half years following the release of ‘Sigillum Luciferi,’ Cough signed to the mighty Relapse Records which should promote the band to the next level. The band’s debut is big, but leaves room for improvement. I wouldn’t be surprised if Cough became a notable act in the genre.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Killing Fields
2. Hole in the Infinite
3. 288 Years of Sin
4. Northern Plague
5. Shallow Grave
6. Lyssavirus

Duration : Approx. 60 minutes

Visit the Cough bandpage.

Reviewed on 30-06-2010 by Mark Breckles
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