Windhand Unveil Menacingly Doomy (and Catchy) New Jam “Old Evil”
Windhand are one of very few retro-inspired doom bands that excite me these days. Why? Songwriting, of course! Windhand know how write menacing riffs that shake your bones and rattle your core, but that’s not the hard part — plenty of bands can do that. That they’re able to do it without getting carried away with overly indulgent, meandering songs is what draws me in; not only are the individual riffs memorable, but they combine with one another to form songs that’ll stick with you long after they’ve ended.
Their latest, “Old Evil,” is no exception. The track uses a variation on the same riff throughout much of its six minutes, but through dynamics, drum variations, a soaring vocal hook and a trippy guitar solo, it stays riveting throughout.
The track comes from a split with Satan’s Satyrs — featuring two new tracks from Windhand (including this one) and three from the former — that comes out on February 16th via Relapse Records. Pre-order it here (physical) and here (digital).
Upcoming Windhand live dates:
Mar 23: The Broadberry – Richmond, VA (Record Release Show)*
Apr 19: Neumos – Seattle, WA #
Apr 22: Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA #
Apr 23: Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA #
Jun 23: Maryland Doom Fest 2018 – Frederick, MD
* w/ Satan’s Satyrs
# w/ Ruby The Hatchet