Forcefield Records To Release THE WOUNDED KINGS/COUGH Split 12"

On November 16, 2010, underground giants Forcefield Records will unveil the heaviest, most mind-expanding split release of the year. Featuring a track apiece from UK doom sensations THE WOUNDED KINGS and Richmond, VA's fuzzed-out riff worshippers COUGH, 'An Introduction to the Black Arts' will be available on 180 gram vinyl LP (limited to 1500).

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.

COUGH will also be appearing later this month at Brooklyn Vegan's CMJ showcase, alongside The Body, Royal Thunder, and fellow RVA ragers Inter Arma. 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 THE WOUNDED 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 prestigious Roadburn 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...

Click here for the first review.