Windhand
Grief's Infernal Flower


4.0
excellent

Review

by PsychicChris USER (259 Reviews)
November 6th, 2015 | 7 replies


Release Date: 09/18/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It may be their most consistent effort to date though I'm pining for another Dorthia Cottrell album just a bit more...

Windhand has gotten wider exposure in the last couple years but not much has changed on their third studio album. The songs are still driven by the fuzz laden guitar drones, the production is still a bassy haze, the vocals sound like the incantation of a swamp witch, and the song lengths are as drawn out as ever. That said, Grief's Infernal Flower serves as a nice improvement of an already solid sound.

As expected, the release of singer Dorthia Cottrell's solo debut earlier this year does rub off on this album. Her voice is much higher in the mix than their first two efforts and there seems to be a greater emphasis on acoustic guitar. Previous albums included a full acoustic song or two, but "Sparrow" and the closing "Aition" feel like direct leftovers and "Crypt Key" features an extended soft intro before the heaviness kicks in. The lyrics are probably more personal and the vocal lines more complex on these songs but considering how the acoustic and electric guitar patterns really aren't that different from one another, it does make one wonder how they decide which format to go with.

And with that, it becomes apparent that Windhand is a dynamic band but still a one-trick pony in terms of tempo. Songs like "Tanngrisnir" and the bass heavy "Hyperion" have more drive and the back-to-back fourteen minute epics "Hesperus" and "Kingfisher" offer more elaborate structures, but they don't stray too far from the ultra-slow approach. Fortunately, the songs have excellent grooves but seventy minutes of music does make one hope for stronger fluctuation.

The power behind Grief's Infernal Flower justifies Windhand's status as a rising staple of modern doom but the songwriting still makes them a challenge for those outside the scene. The band sounds excellent and there are plenty of strong songs on here, but the band could afford to put in more riff variety on future efforts. It may be their most consistent effort to date though I'm pining for another Dorthia Cottrell album just a bit more...

Highlights:
"Crypt Key"
"Tanngrisnir"
"Sparrow"
"Hyperion"
"Aition"



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SharkTooth
November 6th 2015


13854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

need to check this, SOMA fucking ruled \m/

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2015


8018 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Soma was/is excellent indeed, haven't heard this one yet.



Good review, pos.

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RunOfTheMill
November 6th 2015


3823 Comments


I liked their previous two, I'll def give this one a spin. I hope they don't spiral into stagnation though

MoosechriS
November 6th 2015


6350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ordered this recently and waiting for its arrival. If forest clouds was and indication of the album i'll be happy as it was probably the best thing they've done so far imo

MoosechriS
November 6th 2015


6350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos'd by the way dude, review was good

SharkTooth
December 22nd 2015


13854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

rockandmetaljunkie
September 7th 2016


7477 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their most accessible album to date. But nor their best. In fact this has become over time my least favorite of theirs.



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