France's Cowards have returned with a new recording that continues the black metal, sludge, and hardcore mixture of previous releases and this is a review of their 2016 ep "Still" which will be released in December as a joint effort between Throatruiner Records, Deadlight, and Terrian vague.
Angry hardcore style screams and heavy guitars start off the ep before adding in fast playing, tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the musical more of a raw black metal feeling and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on t he recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Most of the slower riffing is heavily influenced by sludge and doom metal while the mid tempo sections of the songs bring in elements of post hardcore and the music also gets melodic at times and when guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very distorted fashion and as the ep progresses high pitched black metal screams can be heard in certain sections of the recording and clean guitars are also utilized briefly and spoken word parts are used on the last track.
Cowards creates another recording t hat remains true to the black metal, sludge and hardcore style of previous releases, the production sounds very dark 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 black metal, sludge, and hardcore, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Still" and "You Belong To Me". 8 out of 10.