Windhand Play the Late Show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday NightDecember 1st, 2016
Windhand—Dorthia Cottrell (vocals), Parker Chandler (bass), Asechiah Bogdan (guitar), Garrett Morris (guitar) and Ryan Wolfe (drums)—sprung up out of the fertile Richmond, Va., music scene in 2009 with a more nuanced take on doom metal. “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,” according to AllMusic. Windhand have relentlessly toured across the country and the world—as headliners and as a support act—while still making time to hit the studio. Their third full-length, Grief’s Infernal Flower (stream it below), arrived last year to some considerable acclaim. Consequence of Sound called it “a minor masterpiece and the best doom-metal album of the year,” adding, “The record’s breath-like flow, spacious atmosphere and hopeful melancholy coalesce into a visceral experience that begs to be lived with, shared, reflected on, meditated to and then possessed like a personal artifact. Spend time with these recordings and they become a source of comfort, a steadiness in one’s life.” You should also spend time with Windhand in person, which you can do on Saturday night at Mercury Lounge. D.C. death-doom outfit Ilsa open the show.