COUGH/THE WOUNDED KINGS “An Introduction to the Black Arts” Split LP Now Available For Preorder

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An Introduction to the Black Arts,” highly-anticipated joint venture from two of doom’s modern giants, Richmond druglords COUGH and UK occultists THE WOUNDED KINGS, is now available for preorder from Forcefield Records. The limited run of 1500 (300 green/1200 black) dwells within 180 gram slabs of virgin vinyl, and features two rituals of cripplingly heavy doom. The official release date is November 16, 2010 – abandon all hope here:

COUGH recently appeared at a CMJ record release party hosted by Brooklyn Vegan’s BBG; their side of the split is currently streaming here on the BV website. You can also check out the new joint from THE WOUNDED KINGS up on The Obelisk.

On Side A, Cough’s “The Gates of Madness” crawls through nearly twenty minutes of distorted, tortured doom, dragging leaden feet towards a half-dug grave. Heavier than sin and as hopeless as a murderer’s prayers, this Richmond quartet recently joined forces with Relapse Records to release their second full-length, Ritual Abuse, and are gearing up for two massive live actions – one to span the States, one to cross the sea and infiltrate Europe’s borders. The cursed influence of Electric Wizard, Graves at Sea, drug lust, hard living and lonely Southern nights have coalesced into a many-headed beast that wishes nothing but ill unto its fellows. So high, so dead…
Side B summons the gorgeously crafted, mournfully executed notes of Dartmoor, England’s TheWounded Kings, whose deeply affecting, occult-laced take on the traditional side of doom has earned them an outpouring of accolades including an invitation to last year’s edition of the prestigiousRoadburn festival. “Curse of Chains” will grab you by the heartstrings and drag you to your knees – fifteen plus minutes of doom as it should be done. Haunting words soar high above a crushing swath of riffage and deathly tempo, draped under a veil of apocalyptic sadness, occult ritualism, and sweet melancholia. Fans of Warning, Candlemass, Reverend Bizarre, rejoice; this is a love song for the end of the world…

COUGH on tour:

11/7 Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds w/ Hot Graves, Hollow Leg, Midnight Yongue 11/8 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub w/ Hollow Leg, Six Dead Horses, Bad Actor
11/9 Jacksonville, FL @ The Warehouse w/ Hollow Leg
11/10 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s w/ Shroud Eater
11/14 Tallahassee, FL @ The Farside Collective
11/16 Athens, GA @ The Caledonia Lounge w/ Guzik
11/17 Nashville, TN @ Little Hamilton w/ Across Tundras
11/19 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Party Room w/ Pallbearer and Iron Tongue
11/20 Vicksburg, MS @ The Doom Room w/ Black Pussy
11/21 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
11/23 Dallas, TX @ The Nightmare
11/24 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
11/27 Las Vegas, NV @ Meathead’s Bar
11/29 San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room w/ Prizehog
11/30 Chico, CA @ Monstro’s Pizza w/ Amarok
12/2 Seattle, WA @ The Highline w/ Samothrace, Sod Hauler and Amarok
12/9 Columbus, OH @ Carabar w/ Churches Burn

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