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Windhand – “Two Urns”

A couple weeks ago, Richmond, VA’s Windhand announced the details of their Jack Endino-produced third LP, Grief’s Infernal Flower, which follows their awesome 2013 record, Soma, as well as frontwoman Dorthia Cotrell’s self-titled solo LP, which came out earlier this year. And today, Windhand deliver their forthcoming album’s first single, “Two Urns.” The new song… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 7, 2015 - 1:27 pm

Watch A Teaser For Windhand’s New Album Grief’s Infernal Flower

Windhand have announced the details behind their third album, the follow-up to 2013’s Soma, which landed on our best album and best metal album lists for that year, and earned an Album Of The Week designation. So suffice to say we’re excited to hear what’s coming next: The new record is called Grief’s Infernal Flower,… More »

By: James Rettig / June 23, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Dorthia Cottrell – “Oak Grove”

Dorthia Cottrell is the singer of Windhand, the great Richmond, Virginia doom metal band; their album Soma was an Album Of The Week in 2013. But she’s about to venture out on her own and release something very different: a self-titled solo album of delicate and spectral folk music. We’ve already posted the Dorthia CottrellMore »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Dorthia Cottrell – “Kneeler” (Stereogum Premiere)

As Windhand’s frontwoman, Dorthia Cottrell is one of the most powerful vocalists in doom metal today, maybe the most powerful (she’s up against some stiff competition in the forms of Pallbearer’s Brett Campbell and YOB’s Mike Scheidt). But Cottrell’s forthcoming self-titled debut solo album casts her in a whole new light, and puts her i… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 14, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Dorthia Cottrell – “Gold”

I feel like every stoner-doom band’s frontperson has a dusty, folky Americana album somewhere in them, waiting to come out. YOB’s Mike Scheidt dropped his a couple years ago; Wino Weinrich of Saint Vitus has released two since 2010; hell, Neurosis’ house label, Neurot, has curated two Townes Van Zandt tribute albums since 2012. So… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 10, 2014 - 12:22 pm

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – September 2014

In July’s Black Market, I wrote a long essay on the ways in which metal bands catfish their fans, and in that piece, I mentioned a number of contemporary examples of this phenomenon, including the “Scandinavian” black-metal auteur Myrkur and the Chicago-based USBM artist Blake Judd, who is best known for his band Nachtmystium. Both… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 30, 2014 - 2:01 pm

Windhand – “Forest Clouds”

Windhand were responsible for two of 2013’s best metal releases: their split with fellow Richmond sludge/doom band Cough, as well as their own sophomore LP, Soma. Earlier this year, frontwoman Dorthia Cottrell guested on the awesome new Bastard Sapling record, Instinct Is Forever, but soon, her band make a truncated return. Windhand are set to… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 24, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Windhand – “Orchard” Video

Last year, the great Richmond, VA doom band Windhand released their outstanding sophomore LP, Soma, which opened with the crushing-yet-catchy single “Orchard,” probably the album’s best song. “Orchard” premiered on 8/21 last year, so the earth has almost completed a full orbit around the sun between the release of that track and its video, but… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 14, 2014 - 2:41 pm

The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2013

In our May Premature Evaluation of Deafheaven’s Sunbather, I compared the album to Agalloch’s 2010 LP, Marrow Of The Spirit. In my opinion, Marrow is the best metal album of the millennium (so far), the apotheosis of what had also been, I believed, the best metal year of the millennium (so far) — perhaps a… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 10, 2013 - 10:33 am

The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

By: Stereogum / December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

Album Of The Week: Windhand Soma

The fourth song on Soma, the new album from the Richmond, Virginia doom metal band Windhand, is a quiet psych-folk lullaby called “Evergreen.” It’s a stark and sad and pretty song, one that approaches the whispery majesty of what the Philly drone-folk band Espers was doing a decade ago, and it positively drips with dark… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 17, 2013 - 4:37 pm

Photos: Windhand @ St. Vitus, Brooklyn, NY 9/6/13

If you read our August edition of the Black Market you might remember seeing Windhand in the No. 1 spot. With good reason, too — their new album, Soma, is absolutely crushing. From the opening sludgy riffs of “Orchard,” to the epic 30+ minute closer “Boleskin,” it’s one of the best metal albums of the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 9, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Stream Windhand Soma

Lately, our own Michael has been repping heavily for Windhand, a doom metal band from Richmond, Virginia, and for their massive new album Soma. Michael is our resident metal expert, and you should pay attention to what he types. But, as a guy who likes metal but isn’t really a metal guy, allow me to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 3, 2013 - 4:30 pm

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2013

At the beginning of August, I drove eight or so hours — solo — from my home in Brooklyn to Toronto, Ontario to see At The Gates: a Swedish death metal band whose most recent LP, the all-time classic (and one of my favorite records ever) Slaughter Of The Soul, will turn 20 next year. More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 29, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Windhand – “Orchard”

I was listening to Sunbather again this morning, and as I’ve said since first hearing the thing, it’s gonna be my No. 1 album of 2013, no contest. The race for No. 2, though, is pretty tight — but if the year were to end today, Windhand’s incredible forthcoming sophomore album Soma would take home… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 20, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Windhand – “Woodbine”

Never fails — we publish a new Black Market yesterday, and today, a pair of tracks drop that would have been featured PROMINENTLY in that feature had they been released any day in July prior to this one. Earlier this afternoon we were visited by some chilling, raw death metal from England’s awesome Grave Miasma,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 31, 2013 - 4:52 pm