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If you read the Black Market regularly, you will no doubt be shocked — shocked! — to hear the following: July was a fucking crazy month for metal. I could probably let this fact pass without comment, as the Black Market crew (Aaron Lariviere, Wyatt Marshall, Ian Chainey, Michael Nelson, and I) struggles to winnow… More »

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 »

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 »

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Windhand – “Two Urns” Video

Halloween-themed music videos are some of the best music videos, and the new one from Richmond, Virginia doom-metallers Windhand is a good one. The clip…
Tom Breihan | October 19, 2015 - 1:19 pm

Stream Windhand Grief’s Infernal Flower

Grief's Infernal Flower, the new album from the Richmond, Virginia band Windhand, is a crushingly slow and heavy doom-metal opus. But in the midst of…
Tom Breihan | September 10, 2015 - 10:58 am

Windhand – “Hyperion”

Richmond, Virginia doom metallers Windhand are about to follow up their great 2013 album Soma with a new one called Grief's Infernal Flower, and we've…
Tom Breihan | September 3, 2015 - 1:45 pm

Windhand – “Crypt Key” Video

Richmond, Virginia doom-metallers Windhand recently announced plans to follow up their great 2013 album Soma with a new one called Grief's Infernal Flower. We've heard…
Tom Breihan | August 5, 2015 - 2:00 pm

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,…
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…
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.
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…
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…
Michael Nelson | December 10, 2014 - 12:22 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,…
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…
Michael Nelson | August 14, 2014 - 2:41 pm

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…
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…
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 --…
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…
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…
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…
Michael Nelson | August 20, 2013 - 3:12 pm