In direct contradiction to their name, Paris-based quintet Cowards is anything but weak or inhibited in their delivery. Thundering with massive, low-end amplification and a downcast, scathing vocal delivery, their noxious brew of sludge/doom is not from, or for, the weak of heart.
Formed by current and ex-members of Sickbag, Death Mercedes, Hangman’s Chair, Eibon and Hellbats, they have already built a reputable arsenal of destructive audio since forming in 2011, but will take this year by the throat in several ways, with a reissue of their debut album, and plans for their next full-length studio endeavour confirmed.
Gathering Parisians with an already strong pedigree in dark and heavy music, the band combines hardcore, sludge/doom and black metal on their 2012-released debut LP, Shooting Blanks & Pills. Recorded only six months after the band was formed, the album reflects the crudeness of bands like Eyehategod, Deadguy or Kickback and the darkness of Deathspell Omega or Thou. Producer Francis Caste perfectly captured the corrosion and angst of these thirty-eight minutes, with a no-frills approach. Originally released on France’s Throatruiner Records, Shooting Blanks & Pills is long sold out, yet will see a rebirth on CD and transparent 12” LP via Canadian label Secret Handshake Recordings on September 1st, 2014.
Cowards has also booked studio time this October to lay down their sophomore full-length, the follow-up to 2013’s mangling Hoarder EP. The band will return to Sainte-Marthe Studio once again with Francis Caste at the engineering helm for the as-yet-unnamed works, which will be completed for early 2015 release.
A track from the album will be featured on a forthcoming Sonic Attack podcast.