Cowards are a band from France that has been featured before in this zine with a musical style that combines black metal, sludge and hardcore and this is a review of their 2013 ep "Hoarder" which was released as a joint effort between Ruins Records and Throatruiner Records.
"Old City" begins with some drum beats which lead to some heavy sludge style guitar riffs and screams and you can also hear the bass guitars in the background and after awhile amplified distorted effects make their way into the song which leads to the bass taking over for awhile before the guitars return and closes with heavy distortion.
"Smell Of An Addict" begins with some heavy distortion and bass guitar riffs which also lead to some drums, heavy rhythm guitar riffs and screams and then the music speeds up and starts adding in some blast beats which then leads to the song switching back and forth between slow and fast parts along with some melodic riffing and the vocals and guitar riffs adding in more black metal elements.
"Fork Out" begins with some heavy hardcore guitar riffs, drums and high pitched sludge screams and then the music starts speeding up in some section and brings in some primitive black metal elements and blast beats before slowing down again and adding in some distorted bass guitars and the song closes with some distorted noises.
"Where Lies The Anchor" begins with some slow doom metal guitar riffs, drums and screams before adding in some powerful bass guitars and hardcore elements while mostly focusing on sludge and doom elements and as the song moves on the vocals start utilizing a small amount of depressive black metal elements before adding in some bass guitar leads.
"Blessed Persistence" which is also a 16 Horsepower cover begins with some heavy bass guitars and drums which then lead to some depressive black metal screams as well as some distorted amp effects which then lead to some heavy guitar riffs and towards the end there are some black metal screams being utilized.
Song lyrics cover darkness and addiction themes, while the production has a very dark, heavy, raw and primitive sound while you can still all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording along with a couple of songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Cowards and if you are a fan of black metal, sludge, and hardcore, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Smell Of An Addict" and "Where Lies the Anchor". RECOMMENDED BUY.