30-SECOND REVIEW: Windhand

WINDHAND
‘Soma’
Relapse Records, 2013
8/10
Windhand take some Doom Metal staples – dense guitar tones, devastating riffs and long, claustrophobic arrangements – and mix them into a hypnotising brew. These may not be the most memorable songs, but they envelope you entirely. Beautiful, otherworldly melodies from Dorthia Cottrell (the best female vocalist in the genre?) add colour to a bleak grey landscape, although she sometimes gets a little drowned out. Much like Pallbearer or Acid King, there’s a single-minded determination underpinning Windhand, who craft intelligently simple music that will, chord by painstaking chord, slowly crush your soul.

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