by Brian Cook
on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM
(Highline) When did all the Southern metalheads ditch speed for "Sweet Leaf"? Seriously, how many stoner/doom bands does Dixie have at this point? I'd argue that there's enough that it's almost tempting to shrug off Relapse Records' recent Richmond-based signees Windhand solely based on the press release comparing them to Black Sabbath. But curiously, Relapse also compares the doom band to Nirvana. And, fortunately, it's a strangely apt comparison. If you take Cobain's most flagrant moments of Melvins-worship, tuned them down a couple steps, dragged the tempo a few dozen BPMs, and cranked up the fuzz, you actually get a pretty close approximation of Windhand's remarkably simple-yet-effective riffage and powerful Grohl-like drum stomp. Add singer Dorthia Cottrell's smoky and soulful vocals to the fray and any cynicism toward Southern metal disappears. With Wounded Giant and Addaura.