Philly/NJ’s newest doom titans Cowardice are something of a local supergroup, comprised of members of Black Urn, Sunrot, Thera Roya, Null&Void, Inertia, Sentient Horror, and Worthless. Respectively the other bands these guys are involved in cover a wide spectrum from post-metal to death metal to sludge, grind, and beyond. Cowardice though, sits solidly in the bracket of crusty-as-fuck, sludgy doom. If you like your heavy music to come at you by way of bands like Thou and Graves at Sea, then their debut release Without Condolence is solidly up your alley.
Formed in mid-2016, Cowardice has clearly been hard at work crafting an intense and crushing first entry in their catalog. Without Condolence is 6 songs of grimy, immersive doom that seeps down into your skin and stays there for a while. Standout tracks like The Tearing Down and Eroding Ethos highlight the band’s restrained approach to songwriting that lets the riffs breathe and sink in, punctuated by passages of dissonance and heavy groove. Along with all of that, vocalist John Jones shrieks his way across the tracks, enunciating a narrative of pure existential dread throughout. Doom doesn’t get much darker than this.
So grab your popcorn and prepare yourself for the end times, and immediately check out Cowardice – Without Condolence now:
Without Condolence will be released on 12/29/16 via the Cowardice bandcamp page at cowardicedoom.bandcamp.com as a name your price DL.