Windhand played Brighton Music Hall – 11/3
When it comes to doom metal, articulating what, exactly, makes a band stand out from the crowd can be a challenge. Ominously fuzz-soaked riffs played at bong-rattling volume sound pretty great in a general sense, but doom’s elite acts possess an X-factor that elevates them to another plane. For Windhand, that’d be some combination of vocalist Dorthia Cottrell’s bluesy flair and a psychedelic spin to tried-and-true doom formulas. October’s Eternal Return might be their finest full-length yet, and a packed room greeted them in its wake for an early show at Brighton on the post-Halloween weekend. I’ve watched Windhand ascend to progressively bigger rooms across the city in the past few years, and it’s always a pleasure to see a band cultivate the enthusiastic audiences they deserve. They sounded as immense and immersive as the gathered masses might dare hope.
I missed openers Satan’s Satyrs due another, earlier gig at Great Scott (more on that one soon), but check out photos from Windhand below.