Windhand

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Windhand
OriginRichmond, Virginia, U.S.
Genres
Years active2008–present
LabelsForcefield (2010–2013)
Relapse (2013–present)
Associated actsAlabama Thunderpussy
Cough
Websitewindhand.band
MembersDorthia Cottrell
Garrett Morris
Ryan Wolfe
Parker Chandler
Past membersNathan Hilbish
Jeff Loucks
Asechiah Bogdan

Windhand is an American doom metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia in 2008.[2] Currently signed to Relapse Records,[3] Windhand released their most recent album, Eternal Return, in October 2018.

History[edit]

Windhand formed in 2009 with singer Dorthia Cottrell, guitarists Asechiah Bogdan (also a member of Alabama Thunderpussy) and Garrett Morris, bassist Nathan Hilbish, and drummer Jeff Loucks.[4]

In 2010 they released a two-song demo titled Practice Space Demo.[5] Loucks was then replaced by former The Might Could drummer Ryan Wolfe.[4] The band signed with Forcefield Records and released their eponymous debut album in 2012. Hilbish left the band and was replaced by Parker Chandler.[4] Shortly after, the band left Forcefield and signed to Relapse Records, which released their second album Soma in 2013. The album reached No. 24 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart, making it the band's first release to make a Billboard chart,[6] and was named one of the year's best heavy metal albums by Rolling Stone.[7]

In 2013–14 Windhand released the split albums Reflection of the Negative with Cough and another with the band Salem's Pot, plus the live album Live at Roadburn 2014.[8] In 2015, with Jack Endino as producer, they recorded and released their third album Grief's Infernal Flower. The album peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart and No. 7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart,[9] and was named the 17th best album of 2015 by Consequence of Sound.[10] Founding guitarist Asechiah Bogdan then left the band and was not replaced.[4]

In early 2018, Windhand released the split EP Windhand / Satan's Satyrs with fellow Virginia band Satan's Satyrs. This EP reached No. 11 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.[11] Their fourth full-length album Eternal Return, again with Endino producing, was released in October 2018.[12] That album reached No. 3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.[11]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Dorthia Cottrell – vocals (2009–present)
  • Garrett Morris – guitars (2009–present)
  • Ryan Wolfe – drums (2010–present)
  • Parker Chandler – bass (2013–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Nathan Hilbish – bass (2008–2013)
  • Jeff Loucks – drums (2008–2010)
  • Asechiah Bogdan – guitars (2009–2015)

Discography[edit]

Demos[edit]

  • Practice Space Demo (independent, 2010)

Studio albums[edit]

  • Windhand (Forcefield Records, 2012)
  • Soma (Relapse Records, 2013) #24 Billboard Heatseekers Albums[13]
  • Grief's Infernal Flower (Relapse Records, 2015) #7 Billboard Heatseekers Albums, #17 Billboard Tastemaker Albums, #16 Billboard Hard Rock Albums, #39 Billboard Rock Albums[14]
  • Eternal Return (Relapse Records, 2018)

Splits[edit]

Singles[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Live at Roadburn 2014 (Roadburn Records, 2014)
  • Live Elsewhere (self-released, 2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walschots, Natalie Zina. "Windhand Soma". Exclaim!. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "WINDHAND". Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "WINDHAND "Grief's Infernal Flower" – OUT NOW". Relapse Records. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "Windhand: Past Members". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Windhand – Windhand (Practice Space Demo) [Demo]". Metal Storm. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Windhand – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "Windhand, 'Soma' | 20 Best Metal Albums of 2013". Rolling Stone. December 11, 2013. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  8. ^ "Biography: Windhand". Relapse Records. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Windhand". billboard.com. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  10. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2015". Consequence of Sound. December 2, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Windhand Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  12. ^ Kaufman, Spencer (August 1, 2018). "Windhand Announce New album, Eternal Return, Unveil "Grey Garden"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Windhand". billboard.com. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "Windhand". billboard.com. Retrieved December 2, 2015.

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