Windhand – Grief’s Infernal Flower

Band Name: Windhand
Album Name: Grief’s Infernal Flower
Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/Label: Relapse Records
Distributor/Label URL: Relapse Records
Released: 2015
Buy Album: Windhand Bandcamp
Band Website: Windhand Homepage

Windhand Grief's Infernal Flower

Band Line-up:

Asechiah Bogdan – Guitars,
Garrett Morris – Guitars,
Dorthia Cottrell – Vocals,
Ryan Wolfe – Drums,
Parker Chandler – Bass.

Track Listing:

1. Two Urns
2. Forest Clouds
3. Crypt Key
4. Tanngrisnir
5. Sparrow
6. Hyperion
7. Hesperus
8. Kingfisher
9. Aition

Review

Once you’ve established yourself as a respected doom metal band, where do you go? Stay the course or expand your horizons? The same can be asked of any band or artist throughout music, but with the genre being birthed by among the most celebrated bands in heavy music, any foundations laid down will be ever-reliable.

WINDHAND’s third album in “Grief’s Infernal Flower” continues the precedent set by their predecessors: slow, sludgey doom metal with a delicate nod in the direction of genre forefathers, BLACK SABBATH. It’s old-school-style production gives a hazy, drug-fuelled sheen that borders on the psychedelic, and harks back to the genre’s early beginnings. “Two Urns” rumbles into life and lumbers along with fuzzy, shuffling riffs and Cottrell’s ethereal tones and sets the stall out early: fuzz-laced riffs, thumping rhythms and distant, mournful vocal melodies.

It’s remarkably consistent from start-to-finish, yet the proverbial curve-ball is in album centre-piece “Sparrow”: a haunting acoustic piece, where Cottrell shines in a pseudo-folk take. Where every song maintains the same dirge-y pace, this offers a delectable new flavour that sounds simply gorgeous. The same goes for closer “Aition” – another pseudo-folk cut that could (and should) extend into some of the heavier tracks.

WINDHAND keep up the consistency and “Grief’s Infernal Flower” maintains their high standards. It can feel a little one-dimensional, yet the melancholic nature of the beast is also rather soothing. Fire it up and vibe.

Review by: Lee Carter
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