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For a band who traffic in measured, unhurried riffage, Richmond’s WINDHAND have moved awfully quickly over the last few years. Founded in 2009, the Virginia quintet have been making waves since the release of their 2010 practice space demo, a two-track CD that garnered the band comparisons to artists like Electric Wizard, The Devil’s Blood, and Black Sabbath. That auspicious start was further realized in March 2012 when the band released their self-titled debut, which quickly became an underground hit and sold out of multiple vinyl presses in a matter of months.

A year later, the band officially signed to Relapse Records. After a steady touring schedule, the band collaborated with Richmond brethren Cough on a split entitled Reflection of the Negative, which was released on Relapse in April 2013. Pitchfork deemed the split WINDHAND’s “best music to date,” and the record’s positive critical reception helped pave the way for the band to release the highly anticipated album Soma in September 2013. Stereogum, Spin, and the LA Weekly featured Soma prominently on their overall best-of lists. The album was heavily represented in countless metal publications including Revolver, Invisible Oranges, MetalSucks, and Metal Injection. Rolling Stone, NPR, and Pitchfork all took note of Soma as well; the former considered the album the third-best metal release of 2013.

Soma was no flash-in-the-pan internet phenomenon. In 2013 and 2014, the band embarked on a series of support and headlining tours across North America, Europe, and Australia, sharing the stage with the likes of Sleep, High on Fire, Dead Meadow and Kvelertak. In addition, WINDHAND appeared at major festivals including Roadburn, SXSW, Scion Rock Fest, Day of the Shred and Maryland Deathfest. SINDHAND also took the time in October 2014 to follow up Soma with a brief two-track Halloween split alongside Swedish doomsters Salem’s Pot (released on Riding Easy Records). Noisey liked the record so much that they declared the band “must have definitely sold their souls for their new split.”

WINDHAND returned in 2015 with their third full-length, Grief’s Infernal Flower, a multifaceted slab of thundering stoner doom that Noisey has called “doom metal’s most anticipated album of the year.” Produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, Soundgarden, etc), Grief’s Infernal Flower is massive, heavy, and personal, a modern testament to the power of doom and stoner metal’s legacies. One sees the urgency the band have displayed over their career reflected in their music – long-canonized tropes are reimagined and reinvented. Windhand convey an irrepressible sense of motion even within the slowest of songs. Front woman Dorthia Cottrell firmly establishes herself as one of the best vocalists of the genre by perfectly balancing beauty with enormous power, and the guitar attack of Garrett Morris weaves together nine songs of perfect riffs and fuzzed-out bliss. That often-delicate splendor is all tempered by the colossal rhythmic mastery of bassist Parker Chandler and drummer Ryan Wolfe, whose lower-register expertise serves as the backbone of the new record. Though the first two WINDHAND albums were underground classics, Grief’s Infernal Flower stands to see WINDHAND cementing themselves as one of the premier metal bands of our time.

Now in 2018, WINDHAND begin a new era of gloom and grief and team up with Virginia’s Satan’s Satyrs for an amp-worshipping, acid trip from hell on an upcoming split release due out in February via Relapse! A new full-length is projected for late 2018 as well along with plenty of touring as WINDHAND continue to cement themselves as one of the premiere heavy bands of our time.

WINDHAND are:

Dorthia Cottrell – Vocals
Garrett Morris – Guitar
Parker Chandler – Bass
Ryan Wolfe – Drums

ARTIST UPDATES
  • WINDHAND: Share “Red Cloud” Music Video Photo By Joey Wharton Today, WINDHAND unveil their sinister new video, “Red Cloud“. Director and animator Zev Deans follows the exploits of a washed-up Warlock and his imbecilic Henchman as they attempt to summon The Scarlet Woman. It’s saturated with the visual style of technicolor horror and blends live-action with animated scenery. “Red Cloud” is equal ...
  • WINDHAND: Announce US Headlining Winter Tour Dates w/ GENOCIDE PACT Virginia’s WINDHAND announce US headlining tour dates throughout January 2019 with label-mates GENOCIDE PACT. The brief tour begins on January 24 in Washington D.C. and ends January 31 in Charlotte, NC. A full list of tour dates are available below. Tickets are on sale Friday, September 28th at 10am EST. Stream WINDHAND recently released single ...
  • WINDHAND: Unveil New Single “Diablerie” Photo By Joey Wharton Today WINDHAND give us another glimpse of what’s to come on their impending album Eternal Return with new single “Diablerie“. Embodying the album’s more reflective side, “Diablerie” fully captures the band’s artistic growth and the juxtaposition of genre-bending, heavy psychedelia that’s apparent throughout Eternal Return. LISTEN TO “DIABLERIE” ON ALL STREAMING SERVICES Additionally, watch ...
  • WINDHAND: Announce 2019 European March Headlining Tour Dates Photo By Joey Wharton Richmond, Virginia’s psychedelic heavyweights WINDHAND announce 2019 European headlining tour dates with Italy’s Grime. The tour begins March 7th in Austria and ends March 24th in Germany. All confirmed tour dates are available below. Additionally, WINDHAND recently unveiled the “Grey Garden” video, the lead single off their forthcoming album Eternal Return. Read about ...
  • WINDHAND: Premiere “Grey Garden” Music Video & Share Eternal Return Pre-Order Details Photo By Joey Wharton Richmond, Virginia’s psychedelic heavyweights WINDHAND unveil “Grey Garden,” the video and lead single off their forthcoming album Eternal Return. Today NPR debuted the Jordan Vance directed piece describing the song, “is led by Morris’ towering riff and a guitar tone so deep, so thick that it’s like sipping on a frothy pint ...
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