Cowards are a band from France that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of black metal, sludge and hardcore and this is a review of their album "Rise To Infamy" which will be released in 2015 by Throatruiner.
A very heavy and distorted sound starts off the album along with some high pitched screams a few seconds later and the music also brings in a good mixture of post hardcore and sludge elements along with a decent amount of melody and the slower riffing also brings in a great amount of doom metal influences to the bands musical style.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and on some of the tracks the vocals bring in a heavy depressive black metal influence while the faster parts and blast beats when they are utilized also bring in the raw side of that same genre and as the album progresses the music starts bringing in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a small amount of spoken word samples being utilized in certain sections of the recording.
Cowards continue the sound they have established on previous recordings taking raw and depressive black metal and mixing it with sludge and post hardcore to create the sound that is presented on the recording, the production sounds very dark, raw and heavy while the lyrics cover anger, misanthropy and sarcasm themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Cowards and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Never To Shine"
"Birth Of The Sadistic Sun" "Anything But the High Road" and 'So Easy". 8 out of 10.