Cough - Ritual Abuse

Doom is a tricky old genre: very simple to play yet damn difficult to excel in, it is all too easy for bands to slip into some sort of Sabbath-worshipping groove that is both derivative and drags on inexorably into painful tedium. Unfortunately, Cough are one band that find themselves just on the wrong side of this divide with new album Ritual Abuse. Yes, it is very heavy and yes, it is very groovy, but there’s no substance to the finished product, nothing that makes you sit up and take notice. The opening pair of ‘Mind Collapse’ and ‘A Year In Suffering’ drag on for over eleven minutes each without a single memorable riff to share between them, purely a string of slow, belly-rumbling chords stretching on and on and on and on... Ritual Abuse has moments of interest but by the time the title track brings it all to a close, the will-sapping ordinariness of the rest has long since banished any real sense of positivity.



out of 10

We need your help

Running a website like The Digital Fix - especially one with over 20 years of content and an active community - costs lots of money and we need your help. As advertising income for independent sites continues to contract we are looking at other ways of supporting the site hosting and paying for content.

You can help us by using the links on The Digital Fix to buy your films, games and music and we ask that you try to avoid blocking our ads if you can. You can also help directly for just a few pennies per day via our Patreon - and you can even pay to have ads removed from the site entirely.

Click here to find out more about our Patreon and how you can help us.

Did you enjoy the article above? If so please help us by sharing it to your social networks with the buttons below...

Category Quick Fix

Latest Articles