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Richmond, VA may be known primarily for its wicked thrash and crust punk scenes, but there's something evil lurking within that doomed old capital. Psyched-out ultra-Sabbathian amplifier worshippers WINDHAND, who boast ex-members of heavy riffters FACEDOWNINSHIT and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY within their ranks, have risen. Slated for a March 21, 2012 release, the record will be available in a limited gatefold pressing of violet wax, and was recorded/mixed by Garrett Morris (PARASYTIC, BASTARD SAPLING) at the Dark Room with Slipped Disc Audio's Bill McElroy (PENTAGRAM, AVAIL, ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY) handling mastering duties.
The response from the press and fans alike has been immense. Cvlt Nation's review insists, "WINDHAND takes apocalyptic blues, puts it into a punk bong, lights it with a sabbath lighter and exhales rad clouds made out of fuzzed out bliss...WINDHAND are way more than a band that you should be on the look out for, they are group of humans that will change the way your hear doom." The Obelisk intoned, "The album is a distinctly American answer back to the all-consuming distortion and bleary-eyed psychedelia of Electric Wizard‘s latter-day missives that strips away some of the cult mentality and puts in and puts in its place a woodsy sensibility — not forest-dwelling silliness, but something organic and un-postured," while Heavy Blog Is Heavy gushed, ". This music has a certain kind of conviction that leaves you yearning for more," and To Eleven put it simply: "This is one of those records that is so good it doesn’t need a masters thesis of a review. This slays."
"For the most part, Sabbathian doom bands stand out by only writing great songs because sonically it's damn near impossible to seperate yourself from the overcrowded genre. But there is something about Richmond's Windhand that makes them even more drugged-out and exceptional. The riffs sound like normal doom, but trapped in a mass of dark forest limbs, trying to hack their way towards the light while singer Dorthia Cottrell appears as a gloomy specter, wailing forlornly through the mire. It's massive, addictive destruction. Yeah, these fuckers are gonna be huge." - DECIBEL / Shane Mehling
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