When: Fri., July 15, 6 p.m. 2016
Since the 1980s, Richmond, Virginia has had a surprisingly large impact in the world of thrash and metal — Municipal Waste, GWAR and Lamb of God all emerged in the city’s first heavy wave of the ’80s and ’90s. In the past few years, a gloomy and talented generation of bands have gladly taken up the torch. Founded in 2005, Cough is at the vanguard of this class, with a relentless merger of sludge and doom metal. Released in June on genre giant Relapse Records, Still They Pray is the band’s first effort in five years. Though the wait was substantial, the album is a torrent of loud and enthralling guitarwork and a highlight of any doom fan’s year. With Widower, Thunderkief, Aggravator.