Windhand
Eternal Return


4.0
excellent

Review

by PsychicChris USER (271 Reviews)
October 17th, 2018 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More like Infernal Return

Windhand has always been a band about gradual evolution. Every album has marked its way toward a clearer sound, as the vocals have gotten more and more prominent in the mix and the guitar riffs more coherent while still retaining their dark, fuzzy character. The group’s fourth full-length Eternal Return continues this trend, and it may be their most adventurous effort to date, even if it really isn’t all that different.

Eternal Return consists almost exclusively of the usual ultra-slow fare, but the song structures play with dynamics more. Melodic contrasts are more common on tracks like “Grey Garden,” while other songs like “First to Die” and “Red Cloud” go into borderline upbeat territory thanks to their more compact riff sets and more direct vocal hooks. Even the token softer numbers shake things up, as “Pilgrim’s Rest” sees vocalist Dorthia Cottrell accompanied by the full band rather than the mere acoustic setup, while “Light into Dark” makes for a nice three-minute interlude. “Feather” also makes for a splendid closer and justifies its thirteen minutes with a creepy beginning and drawn out riff work.

But at the end of the day, Windhand’s tweaks never seem to address the factors that ultimately hold them back. Some songs may be longer or more forceful than others, but they all generally conform to similar tempos and riff patterns. It’s nice to see the album’s runtime shave off by ten minutes compared to the last two full-lengths, but there are still a couple songs that run together or are otherwise expendable. Seeing how Windhand will likely be sticking to this formula for their career’s entirety, I’d love to at least see their template come back down to a forty or fifty-minute context.

While Eternal Return offers a few tweaks and will keep their momentum going, but also reinforces the notion that some things never change. The atmosphere and performances are still excellent enough to keep the formula from getting stale, but an adherence to soundalike riffing also keeps them in seemingly perpetual “almost there” territory for yours truly. I’m not sure if I’d recommend this over Soma or Grief’s Infernal Flower for a first-time listener, especially since they all seem to be at an interchangeable quality level, but those already acquainted are sure to enjoy it.

Highlights:
“Halcyon”
“Grey Garden”
“First to Die”
“Feather”

Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com



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Dewinged
October 17th 2018


14445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for reviewing this, haven't heard it yet but the singles got me pumped.

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Dewinged
October 18th 2018


14445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh man this sounds so much as King Woman, I'm loving it.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 18th 2018


7730 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Almost forgot this was coming, must check

Azog
October 18th 2018


111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm one of those already acquainted, and I sure as hell enjoyed it.



Windhand is a prime example of a band nailing a formula.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 19th 2018


7730 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enjoyable album. Must spin it more, but on a first listen i definitely liked a lot of things here

zakalwe
October 19th 2018


26515 Comments


Same

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DominionMM1
October 19th 2018


17749 Comments


definitely better than the last one

Dewinged
October 19th 2018


14445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dorthia kills it and I am loving the production here.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 19th 2018


7730 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Production wise i think they could have done a better job

rockandmetaljunkie
November 9th 2018


7730 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Have to say, i find their acoustic/psychedelic passages to be far more engaging than the riffier/heavier parts.



And i don't know if thats a good thing to say about a metal band

PsychicChris
November 12th 2018


314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There's a reason why I enjoy Dorthia Cottrell's solo album more than anything Windhand has done.

Papa Universe
November 13th 2018


19659 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was left more tired than excited from this album.

windhand - eternal POS

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Kompys2000
November 13th 2018


2171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This sounds pretty much exactly like how I would assume a Relapse album produced by Jack Endino would sound.

Dewinged
November 13th 2018


14445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great?

Kompys2000
November 14th 2018


2171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah it's pretty good. It's a little bit boring but very pleasant.

Dewinged
November 14th 2018


14445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Doom is a state of mind my friend. If I'm not in doom mood I can't get past the second track.

combustion07
November 25th 2018


6472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Opening track is amazing

Underflow
November 25th 2018


4864 Comments


Yeah I dig it.

DDDeftoneDDD
January 17th 2019


3918 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Opening track is amazing"

2

still have to listen to rest though X) :X

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rockandmetaljunkie
January 17th 2019


7730 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their formula for their opening songs in the last 2 albums is virtually the same.



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