Dude. As someone who’s listened to Ritual Abuse, the Relapse debut from Richmond‘s Cough, believe me, this shit is heavy. It’s like the omega-doom. They’re the Electric Wizard of the Virginia Colony. Very heavy, very riffy, very doom. Visceral. And the best part? Relapse has allowed The Obelisk to exclusively premiere the new track, “Crippled Wizard,” and I don’t mean “exclusive” like you can also go find it on a bunch of other sites. Hoist a doom claw; this one’s all ours.
Use the player below to bear witness. Cough‘s Ritual Abuse is out Oct. 26 on Relapse.
Ritual Abuse will be on CD and in 2LP gatefold vinyl in an edition of 556 ashen gray marble and 108 clear records which aren’t for public consumption. Artwork comes courtesy of Glyn Smyth. Here’s what the label has to say about it:
Richmond‘s Cough delivers thoroughly massive, psychedelic doom on their aptly-titled Relapse debut Ritual Abuse. The album’s five epic tracks are impenetrable walls of sludge; at points suffocating and claustrophobic, at others warped and hallucinogenic. Ritual Abuse is an impressive monolith of sound and volume, and one of the finest moments yet of 21st Century doom.
Sept. 24 Harrisonburg, VA Crayola House
Sept. 25 Wilmington, DE Barcode (w/Might Could, Pagan Wolf Ritual)
Sept. 26 Philadelphia, PA Mill Creek Tavern (w/Gholas)
Nov. 7 Gainesville, FL Common Grounds
Nov. 8 Orlando, FL Will’s Pub
Nov. 9 Jacksonville, FL The Warehouse
Nov. 10 Miami, FL Churchill’s
Nov. 14 Tallahassee, FL The Farside Collective
Nov. 16 Athens, GA Caledonia Lounge
Nov. 17 Nashville, TN Little Hamilton
Nov. 19 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom
Nov. 20 Vicksburg, MS The Doom Room
Nov. 21 New Orleans, LA Siberia
Nov. 23 Dallas, TX Nightmare
Nov. 24 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory
Nov. 27 Las Vegas, NV Meathead’s Bar
Nov. 29 San Francisco, CA The Elbo Room
Nov. 30 Chico, CA Monstro’s Pizza
Dec. 2 Seattle, WA The Highline
Dec. 9 Columbus, OH Carabar