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Windhand - "Windhand/Satan's Satyrs Split" (CD)

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"Windhand/Satan's Satyrs Split" track listing:

1. Windhand - Old Evil
2. Windhand - Three Sisters
3. Satan’s Satyrs - Succubus
4. Satan’s Satyrs - Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby

Reviewed by on March 12, 2018

"Even though Satan Satyr’s might not be everyone’s cup o’ doom, the totality of doomage via the Windhand side is worthy enough for your 2018 collection."

Split albums can be inherently evil. For one thing, they’re usually comprised of teaser tracks from a full-length that may or may not happen. If the tracks on the split blow your mind, you want more of them. If they suck, well, what does that mean if they release a full-length? Another thing is that if one band’s contribution isn’t up to par with the others, do you still add it to your collection? Well, fear not doom fans, the Windhand/Satan’s Satyrs split is a more than solid offering from both these bands.

On the Windhand portion of the split, it’s business as usual. If you’ve never listened to them, the best single word to describe them is “Haunting.” Dorthia Cottrell is one of the most underappreciated doom vocalists in existence and without good reason. She’s the metal version of Janis Joplin. As per all of Windhand’s recordings, the fuzz is so syrupy, it drives the production to a point where the bass and drums are almost an afterthought. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but they obviously have a working formula and they’ve stuck to it with much success. Both of these Windhand tracks alone are worth owning this split.

Satan’s Satyrs have grown up since the last time I’ve listened to them…somewhat that is. I really dig “Succubus.” The production is a little more aggressive from what I’m used to hearing from them and Clayton Burgess’ vocals aren’t as annoying as their previous efforts. So, I have to admit that I made it 30 seconds into their second track, “Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby,” before I had to skip through to Windhand’s “Old Evil” to get rid of the bad taste in my ears.

So, to wrap things up, should you get this split? Yesssssss. Even though Satan Satyr’s might not be everyone’s cup o’ doom, the totality of doomage via the Windhand side is worthy enough for your 2018 collection.

Highs: Windhand continues to validate why they are one of the top current doom bands today and Satan’s are growing up musically.

Lows: The second track from Satan’s Satyrs, it’s like they took one step forward and two steps back with this one.

Bottom line: Even though it’s only February, I can see me returning for a spin or two throughout the year...it’s that good.

Rated 4 out of 5 skulls
4 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)