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Album Review

Windhand return with a dose of hypnotic and murky doom on their sophomore effort, Soma, named for a drink whose consumption is often described as a religious experience. Where the soma of legend is more of an invigorating experience, the album takes listeners in an altogether different direction, entrancing them with a monolithic wall of impossibly dense, distorted amp worship whose sheer enormity can barely pass through mortal speakers. Living up to the implications of its title, though, Soma is an album that feels almost ritualistic, deriving power through repetition as the songs build a steady momentum that leaves them feeling unstoppable once they've gotten up to speed. Setting Windhand apart from the scores of beardy doom merchants looking to push their Matamps to sonic extremes are the vocals of Dorthia Cottrell. Effortlessly weaving their way through the band's massive output, Cottrell's singing feels like a spirit conjured by Windhand's musical séance. Set against the sludge created by the rest of the band, the vocals take on an ethereal quality, feeling as though any slight disturbance might cause them to dissipate like a wisp of smoke. Windhand also aren't afraid to step away from extreme volume, occasionally letting things quiet down with stretches of acoustic guitar that give listeners time to catch their breaths amidst the suffocating fog of doom the band is so adept at creating. Clocking in at over an hour, Soma is by no means a brief experience, but Windhand's ability to craft doom that actually feels dynamic makes the album the sort of meditative journey that metal fans would be foolish not to embark upon.

Customer Reviews


This record is AMAZING. Like a cross between Electric Wizard and Nirvana in the best way possible. Easy contender for record of the year!

Vocals up

Really good music. Has an Alice in Chains kind of feel. Also reminiscent of Black Sabbath (Ozzy) The vocalist sounds great, but need to hear him. To much fuzz and distortion with the guitars, also can't hear the drums.

Sludge of Doom

Vocalist is a female and she's amazing. Heavy stuff!


Formed: 2009 in Richmond, VA

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Purveyors of doom reminiscent of greats like Electric Wizard, Richmond, Virginia's Windhand were formed in 2009 by members Aschiah Bogdan, Parker Chandler, Dorthia Cottrell, Garrett Morris, and Ryan Wolfe. Blending shuddering low-end fuzz and pounding rhythms with Cottrell's ethereal vocals, the band recalls the sound of classic doom while adding a new dimension to one of metal's heaviest subgenres. In March of 2012, Windhand released their self-titled debut, eventually gaining the attention of Relapse...
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