Windhand - “Amaranth”
Review - Windhand/Cough split, Reflection of the Negative
Cough (pictured far below) and Windhand (pictured just below) have released a split 12” through Relapse Records, and it’s lo-fi doom at its best. Recorded straight to 15-track tape (one of the tracks is broken), all three cuts exude low-end texture. It is released on LP, CD, and download format of your choice. It is highly recommended that one procure a black-LP copy. You can’t really get the sense of how low everything is with a car’s background noise. Sure, you can feel it, but you need to be able to feel and hear nuances to get the fullest benefits from these tunes. Windhand guitarist Garrett Morris engineered both bands’ tracks in Windhand’s vast practice space.
Cough’s “Athame” is the entirety of side a, and the slow-building guts of the song almost shake with vibrato fear. One note held out somehow shifts into a few different tones in its reverberation. Slow crashing drums assist a grinding electric saw guitar and black metal vocals.
Windhand’s side begs for you to listen loud. Gritty cymbals and deep, infernal guitar riffs support the dark priestess Dorthia Cottrell's eerily calm vocals (“Amaranth”). “Shepherd's Crook” is the loudest track on the record, and its sludgey, humming low-end guitars will bring anybody over to the dark side. The rough buzz of the guitar is the perfect texture against Cottrell's soaring moans.
The bands have one member in common, Parker Chandler, and he plays bass in Windhand and is bassist/vocalist for Cough.
The album officially releases April 16, but you can get it at places like Steady Sounds or pre-order from Relapse’s site. You can preorder the white/black splatter swirl vinyl records, too!
Windhand photo by Tony Lynch
Cough photo by 850 Music
Looks like we have to wait until June to catch Windhand. Tour dates include:
June 5th Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (Upstairs)
June 6th Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House
June 7th Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus Bar
June 8th Providence, RI @ AS220
June 9th Boston, MA @ O’Briens’s
June 10th Cherry Valley, NY @ Steve’s Koi Pond
June 11th Buffalo, NY @ The Funeral Home
June 12th Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski’s
June 13th Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
June 14th Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
June 15th St. Paul, MN @ The Turf Club
June 16th Milwaukee, WI @ Riverwest Public House
June 17th Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody Inn
June 18th Newport, KY @ South Gate Revival House
June 19th Nashville, TN @ TBA
June 20th Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light
June 21st Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s
June 22nd Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Cough will be in Europe in April and then the Martyrdoom Fest in Brooklyn June 28.