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Formed: 2008
From: Richmond, VA, United States
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Below is our complete Windhand news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Live Concert Report: Windhand

Late in 2018 I began toying with the idea of going to the 2019 Brutal Assault Festival. I was excited by each announcement of new bands being added to the bill, and when Windhand was added I was thrilled. However, once the running order was released just prior to the festival itself, I was saddened to see that Windhand was playing at the exact same time as Kampfar. Windhand was playing on a new stage that was very difficult to get to and from, and they are from the USA so I figured I may have more chances to see them in the future. I elected to go see Kampfar and was not disappointed, but I have still regretted not seeing Windhand ever since. Until now.

I was visiting my daughter in Portland a few weeks ago and drove past the Aladdin Theater in her neighborhood. Alas, Windhand was on the marquee, and I decided that a return trip to Portland was in order.

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Un, a doom metal band from Seattle--not to be confused with the other 5+ bands with the same name, opened the evening with just two songs. I believe one lasted for over 10 minutes and the other clocked in at about 20 minutes.

un Aladdin theater

There is a wide spectrum of doom metal out there, and only some of it works for me when I’m sober and not at a live show. Much of the rest will touch my nerves correctly only in a live and/or properly intoxicated state. The slower stuff (funeral doom, etc.) is of the latter category, and Un lean that way. The more varied types, with some uptempo passages and changes of pace, are my preferred versions.

un Aladdin theater

I thoroughly enjoyed Un. Beyond the music, one reason was that—unlike some opening acts—the headliner and/or venue gave them decent lighting that changed. A funeral doom band playing in unaltering darkness is only interesting for so long. That was not the case here.

The guy next to me leaned over and asked “Who are these guys? I could totally trance out on them.” I can absolutely see where he was coming from.

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Windhand, likewise, had pleasantly surprising lighting that was altered for each song. The shadows of the band members on the Aladdin Theater walls was also a trip for those not too close to the stage to miss the effect.

windhand Aladdin theater

This was my first time at the Aladdin, and I was impressed. There was no photo pit, and things appeared fairly packed down front, so I never went near the stage. However, the front row of the balcony was absolute bliss. One could take in everything without the distractions of the crowd. For music in the realm of Windhand, this was perfect and quite meditative.

windhand Aladdin theater

This was an evening I will not soon forget, and Windhand was well worth the wait. I hope it isn’t the only time I am able to experience them live.

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I’ll be posting more photos from this evening over the coming months here.

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Psycho Las Vegas Announces Initial Lineup

Now approaching its fifth consecutive year in the swirling neon decadence of Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay will once again host this eclectic, heavy music fest to include such bands as: Ty Segall, Mayhem, Blonde Redhead, Ulver, Windhand, Kaelan Mikla, and Mephistofeles. More bands will be announced in December. More...

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Brutal Assault Festival Announces 85% Tickets Sold

Brutal Assault Festival announces 85% of the tickets of its upcoming 2019 edition already being sold. Tells the festival promotion agency:

"The attractive lineup of our festival draws audience from all around the world and we've already sold 85 % of all available tickets - thank You for your interest! Our lineup also misses just a couple of last bands and the artists from our KAL stage to be completely revealed... and that is happening soon! We can only recommend to everyone not to hesitate with the purchase of the festival pass, because there are gonna be no more tickets when the currently available capacity is gone!

The festival passes are 102€ (full festival passes only), but you'll also find discounted festival passes for the disabled and for kids in our e-shop HERE."

You can now also generate your own Brutal Assault poster with bands ordered according to your liking and share your taste with the world! If you share your #mybrutal2019 poster on Facebook or Instagram, you can win a free festival pass!

Find all the details HERE. More...

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Windhand Posts New Music Video Online

Richmond, Virginia based doom metal outfit Windhand has posted a new music video online for the song, "First To Die." You can check it out below. The video was directed by Philippe Grenade, while the song comes from the band's fourth album, "Eternal Return," which was released in October through Relapse Records.

"The inspiration for the video started with the lyrics, First you die, to be born," Grenade explains. "I immediately saw the image of a woman suffocated by the crushing anxiety of a metropolis; drowning in the delirium and being forced through some sort of psychedelic death trip and coming out the other side with a new point of view. A psychic death and rebirth. The video expresses anxiety and transformation while honoring the beauty of Windhand's music." More...

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Dimmu Borgir, Godflesh added to Brutal Assault '19

In an announcement sure to please black metal fans, Brutal Assault Festival reveals that Dimmu Borgir will be taking to the stage at Fortress Josehov, Czech Republic. Industrial pioneers Godflesh have also been added to the bill - they last played the festival in 2015.

More bands revealed in this update include legendary thrash bands Anthrax and Sacred Reich. Iron Reagan, Prong, The Ocean, Thy Art is Murder, After The Burial and The Obsessed are just some of the other names.

Unfortunately A Pale Horse Named Death, who were previously announced, will be unable to perform.

Brutal Assault 2019 will take place at Fortress Josehov in the Czech Republic, August 7-9.

The full lineup so far:


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Brutal Assault Festival Band Upddate Announced

Brutal Assault Festival announces another band update for its upcoming 2019 edition. Tells the festival promotion agency:

"Let’s open this mega update with a black metal stormblast! Over seven years, deathlike silence has filled the halls of the world’s biggest black metal forge, whilst powers have been gathering to resurrect the band right in time for their 25th anniversary. And now DIMMU BORGIR have finally returned with a vicious work of art that is their latest album Eonian and they are coming to storm the main stage at Brutal Assault!
Wicked aural filth comes from the islands with GODFLESH, who are highly regarded as one of the pioneers of industrial metal; they took industrial to the next level with their fuse of heavy guitars and mixing it with slow drum loops and effects and their unique approach has spawned several musical styles since their conception.
Brutal Assault will also present a combo of iconic thrashers that need no introduction, ANTHRAX and SACRED REICH will make it to the fest alongside upcoming crossover thrash ministry IRON REAGAN and a staple name of the genre PRONG. More...

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Windhand Premiere New Song "Gray Garden"

Virginia doom-metal group Windhand premiere a new song titled "Gray Garden", taken from their upcoming new album "Eternal Return", which will be out in stores October 5th via Relapse.

Check out now "Gray Garden" below.

Windhand - Eternal Return track listing: More...

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Windhand Debut New Song "Old Evil"

Windhand debut a new song entitled "Old Evil", taken from their upcoming new split release with Satan’s Satyrs — featuring two new tracks from Windhand — that comes out on February 16th via Relapse Records.

Check out now "Old Evil" below.

Upcoming Windhand live dates: More...

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Maryland Doom Fest 2018 Lineup Announced

The lineup for next year's Maryland Doom Fest has been revealed. The annual festival, now in its fourth year, takes place at Cafe 611 in Frederick, MD (611 N Market St) on June 22-24, 2018.

The lineup is as follows:

The Obsessed
The Watchers
Switchblade Jesus
The Midnight Ghost Train
Lightning Born
Caustic Casanova
Curse The Son
Las Cruses
Shadow Witch
Book of Wyrms
Thousand Vision Mist
Molasses Barge
Backwoods Payback
Gateway To Hell

Ticket sales officially start Jan 1, 2018, but early bird discounted tickets will be available from December 24 through December 31, 2017 only.

Running order and times will be revealed at a later date. More...

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Desertfest Announces First Crop Of Bands

The organizers of the annual Desertfest just checked in with this announcement about the 2017 lineup coming together:

"We know you all have been aching for this, so without further ado let us present the first names for the 2017 edition of Desertfest Antwerp!

"We kick things off with Windhand, a scene favorite that has also managed to capture the hearts and minds of rock fans worldwide with their unique brand of female-led Sabbathian worship. Radio Moscow is another winner with a stone solid live reputation that will be sure to set the DF stage on fire.

"Next up, something more out of the ordinary: Part Chimp blends sludgey riffage with the acid bite of Amphetamine noiserock, and will delight anyone with a fine ear for heavily distorted blues. Finally, we keep the tradition of presenting Belgian bands to our international crowd. Hemelbestormer (that's Dutch for 'Stormer of Heaven') is a local postmetal band that has been making waves in Europe and the States for the last couple of years." More...

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Windhand Announces New Tours

Richmond, VA doom band Windhand just announced a new run of headlining European tour dates this coming fall with fellow Virginia-based group Satan’s Satyrs.

The tour commences September 21st in Copenhagen, DK and runs till October 13th in Bristol, UK. The two bands will also do a short North American run preceding the European trek. A full listing of Windhand tour dates is available below.

— All Dates 3/31 – 4/8 with Cough —

Mar 31 Wellington, NZ San Fran
Apr 01 Auckland, NZ King’s Arm Tavern
Apr 02 Fortitude Valley, AUS Crowbar
Apr 05 Newtown, AUS Newton Social Club
Apr 06 Adelaide, AUS Fowlers Live
Apr 07 Melbourne, AUS Corner Hotel (+ Inverloch)
Apr 08 Perth, AUS Badlands

Apr 21 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Apr 22 Vancouver, BC Fortune Sound Club
Apr 23 Seattle, WA Neumos More...

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Windhand Releases "Two Urns" Video Clip

Richmond stoner act Windhand issued a new music video for the track "Two Urns." The song appears on the band's latest release "Grief's Infernal Flower," which is available via Relapse Records.

The clip was directed by John Nunn and Mikael Simpson with cinematography by Chris Newhard. Check it out here:

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Relapse Releases 36 Song Sampler Online

As part of the label's ongoing 25th anniversary celebration, Relapse Records has released a 36-song label sampler available for free download via Bandcamp here.

The sampler showcases the label's eclectic roster, which spans all realms of dark and heavy music including death metal, grindcore, thrash metal, stoner rock, drone, black metal, sludge metal, doom metal, heavy psych, space rock, hardcore, experimental music and much more. You can also stream all the tracks below, with the full track listing available after the jump.


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Windhand Premieres Halloween Themed Music Video

Richmond stoner/doom act Windhand premieres a new Halloween themed music video for "Two Urns" taken from the album "Grief's Infernal Flower".

You can now check out the new clip "Two Urns" below.

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Windhand Gives You The "Crypt Key"

Richmond stoner/doom act Windhand released a music video for a track from the new album "Grief's Infernal Flower." Check out "Crpyt Key" in the player below.

The album is set for release on September 18th via Relapse Records.

The track list is as follows:

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

Check out "Crypt Key" here: More...

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Windhand Reveals New Album Details

Windhand returns with third full-length, "Grief's Infernal Flower," due out September 18th via Relapse Records.

The album was produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, Soundgarden) and is a massive, heavy, personal and modern testament to the power of doom and stoner metal's legacies. The track listing is:

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

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Windhand Announces New Album

Windhand's third full-length album is ready: "Grief's Infernal Flower" is set for release September 18th via Relapse Records.

The nine song album was recorded in Seattle at Soundhouse Recording with producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, High on Fire) and photos from the recording session can be seen online over here. You can also see Windhand live:

July 28: AS220 - Providence, RI
Jul 29: Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
Jul 30: Montreal, QC - RRROOAAARRR
Jul 31: Toronto, ON - The Garrison

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Windhand Recording Album

Richmond, VA psychedelic doom group Windhand has entered the studio with producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, High on Fire).

The band is recording a third full-length album at Soundhouse Recording in Seattle, WA. The currently-untitled album will see a Fall release via Relapse Records, with a few song titles to include "Two Urns," "Hyperion," and "Kingfisher."

Additionally, the group has confirmed two Atlanta live shows with Sleep this May. Details are as follows:

May 3 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
May 4 Atlanta, GA Center Stage Theatre

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Windhand Streaming Split With Salem's Pot

On October 31st, RidingEasy Records will unleash a special split 10” vinyl featuring new music from both Windhand and Salem’s Pot. The pre-sale goes live here on September 27th, and the pressing is limited to 1,000.

On Side A, Windhand (Relapse Records) delivers the billowing "Forest Clouds," A ten-minute journey through a haze of distortion and vocal wails, emblematic of the band’s technical prowess and thunderous energy. For the other side, Salem’s Pot take a gargantuan trip on “Pink Flamingos.” You can take a listen yourself below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.

In other Salem’s Pot news, the Swedish psychedelic sorcerers will be playing the 2015 Roadburn Festival, is releasing the smoking 7” record “Ego Trip” on October 14th, and will be on tour in February 2015 with label mates Monolord.

Windhand is currently here in the United States on tour and will be off to Australia and New Zealand dates below. Dates are as follows: More...

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Inter Arma Announces "The Cavern"

A new opus from Inter Arma will arrive this fall via Relapse Records: "The Cavern" is a single-song 40+ minute epic EP, and pre-orders are now available here.

Check out a sample featuring guest vocals from Windhand's Dorthia Cottrell in the player below."The Cavern" was originally written in 2009, but has been refined over the course of the past few years.

The band was able to lay the work to tape last year during breaks from relentless touring, and the recording was captured with producer Mikey Allred at Dark Art Studios in Madison, TN, the same surroundings and setup that captured last year's monolithic "Sky Burial" LP. More...

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