Released: 2013, Relapse Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Here Relapse presents a somewhat uncommon being on such a large label, a split release featuring two of the slowest, moodiest and sludgiest doom bands in the entire blackened world.
Cough and Windhand, the latter being on Forcefield Records share a full length record here, Cough providing an epic 20 minute opus of isolation and grief, Windhand slowly driving through two tracks, approximately 10 minutes in length each. Expect no Witchfinder General or Pentagram influences leaking through here, the world of doom these bands belong to is on where any more than 90bpm is considered lightning fast.
Both bands present lengthy and atmospheric journeys here, with the droney freedom of no apparent song structure. Unfortunately the art of having extremely lengthy, but intriguing and exciting passages throughout has not been mastered yet by either band, and at times each track seems slightly dull and mundane, not the case I’d imagine if you were under the “influence”.
I do feel that both groups suffered from a slightly modern and Pro-Tools sound on their sides of the record respectively, and that the producer should have read a page or two from the fuzzy and schizophrenic book of Electric Wizard’s production tips. Fans of contemporary doom groups such as Pilgrim should enjoy this release, and the interesting variety of vocals on Windhand’s side is a point of interest for a lot of connoisseurs and fanatics of the genre.
Recommended strongly for the serious fans.
Review by Jarod Lawley