Double album on clear splatter vinyls with gatefold cover. Limited 1000 copies
The Richmond, Va., band Windhand’s second album shows all the signs of an attempted doom metal classic. The dual guitars are enormous, the rhythm section is relentless, and the voice of Dorthia Cottrell settles over it all like a dense fog. This is nothing short of transcendent. On its surface it is a top class doom record, but this record is for more than just doom-metal fanatics though—this is an epic record for all fans of guitar driven rock and roll. On Soma Windhand successfully make syrupy slow, downtuned doom hooky and anthemic. Propelled by singer Dorthia Cottrell’s beautifully haunting bellow, Windhands’s dual guitar attack sounds like the glorious misfit offspring of Black Sabbath and Nirvana. Soma will no doubt be many listeners first experience with Windhand, and it’s got a palpable landmark feel. Helps that it’s of such staggering substance but the additional runtime of Soma is neither excess nor indulgence, but instead a necessary manifestation of Windhand‘s oppressive approach. One of the year’s best in doom.
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