16 April, 2013

Full Album Stream: Cough & Windhand: Reflection Of The Negative – new split album


A prologue to the upcoming full-lengths from both COUGH and WINDHAND, both slated for release via Relapse Records later this year, a split album called ‘Reflection Of The Negative’, out everywhere today April 16th, 2013 on Relapse, can be streamed in full here, at Invisible Oranges. Composed of three tracks, the massive 18-and-a-half-minute opener ‘Athame’ by COUGH and two tracks by WINDHAND that equal and top their pals' effort in length, ‘Reflection Of The Negative’ makes for an impressive tease. The split album awaits your order here (Relapse Records):
“COUGH uses the split LP format to go the distance with one uninterrupted track. These 18 minutes are a showcase of pacing and structure. The ingenious setup keeps the track interesting by revealing the layers slowly and in an unexpected order. Nearly a decade into their career, COUGH has never sounded so belligerent, frightening or immediate,” [wrote Grayson Currin for Pitchfork] On its side, WINDHAND opt for two numbers, both of which find the band ratcheting its intensity and urgency. The shorter ‘Amaranth’ deals in italicized aggression, turning everything from Cottrell's [Dorthia, vocals] arching vocals to the sprawling guitar solo that consumes the song's back half into a point that must be made now. Though it’s slower than its counterpart, ‘Shepherd's Crook’ capitalizes on the same feeling. Every piece comes with a little extra energy, whether it’s the irascible noise-guitar introduction or the fortified punch that the drums pack in the otherwise torpid verses.” [Read the rest of the review here:]

Founded in 2005 in Richmond, Virginia, COUGH have been struggling ever since. They primarily live to hate and they hate to live. When not thusly preoccupied though, they record music. For instance, 2006's ‘The Kingdom’ EP, 2008's ‘Sigillum Luciferi’ full-length album and their Relapse Records debut, 2010's ‘Ritual Abuse’:
“With needle-scarred arms draped around each other, these songs lumber and stumble about drunkenly; seemingly oblivious to the periodic strains of blissed-out psychedelia, outer space sound effects, and blinding distortion that occasionally interrupt their search for the next fix; all the while tormented by satanic incantations and occult rituals to boot. And, thanks to the steady hand brought to the proceedings by producer/sponsor Sanford Parker, COUGH's songs generally arrive at their destination, however long they take to get there, without in any way “ritually abusing” listeners along the way,” [wrote Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic – more here:]

COUGH features: David Cisco - guitar, Parker Chandler- bass and vocals, Joey Arcaro – drums and Brandon Marcey – guitar

Founded in 2009 in Richmond Virginia, WINDHAND is a stoner, doom metal band made up of guitarist Aschiah Bogdan, bassist Parker Chandler, vocalist Dorthia Cottrell, guitarist Garrett Morris, and drummer Ryan Wolfe. In March 2012, WINDHAND released their self-titled debut LP which became quite an underground hit, selling out multiple vinyl presses in a matter of months. The album was recorded and mixed by guitarist Garret Morris and mastered by Bill McElroy. WINDHAND officially signed to Relapse Records in March 2013:

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